Those other things are, once again, The Daddies, who have reformed and are touring and releasing new music. That isn’t to say Perry has left the Cresko Lab behind, though—he is using the connections he made in the music industry to help Cresko fund, and eventually fill, his cluster hire.
The UO’s cluster hiring initiative is a plan to bring some of the world’s most accomplished experts to the university. The ten cluster initiatives will see researchers collaborate to find solutions to problems affecting not just Oregon, but the entire world. Cresko’s Integrated Analysis of Biological Networks cluster will position the university to answer fundamental questions about the nature of living systems, which could lead to novel solutions for medical problems.
The cluster is focused on the intersection of biology and mathematics, applying cutting edge mathematical processes to understand how and why biological interactions occur and how they function in networks. Think of the human genome as a car: we know what the parts are; now we want to know how they work together and how to repair them when the car breaks down.
“The stuff they’re doing is right on the forefront of what needs to get done,” said Perry, who uses Twitter to keep up-to-date with the latest scientific developments.
“Everybody has a cause, and science is my interest outside of music. That’s what I bang the drum for.... I didn’t stay with biology, so I’m not a biologist, I’m just a fan. But whatever they need me to do, I’ll do it. If they need me to stack boxes or run some gels, I’m there. What I really want is them to get this cluster hire through. When that happens I’ll pop some champagne, because what they’re doing is great and they’re great guys.”