Dorothea grew up in the most beautiful city in Germany: Hamburg. She went to college at the University of Wuerzburg and did her Diploma work at UC Berkeley. She decided she liked the United States for many reasons that include Thanksgiving (and also German beers are overrated), so she stayed at Berkeley for her Ph.D. She worked in the Raymond and Bergman labs, studying host-guest systems and their application to catalysis. She then moved across the Bay to UCSF, where she joined the Shokat lab to investigate signal transduction pathways. She is now attempting to be a chemical biologist at Princeton and is hoping to elucidate the specific signaling functions of a number of fascinating cellular metabolic messengers.
Barbara was born and bred in New Jersey, where she “loves 2 countries with her 1 heart.” Wanting to see the world, she ventured far from home and attended the University of Scranton in PA for her BS in Bio/Math. Deciding that PA was too far away from NJ for her, she came home and pursued her Ph.D. at UMDNJ-Rutgers, where she studied chromatin regulation in response to DNA damage in the laboratory of Nancy Walworth. She continued her studies in the laboratory of Jim Broach at Princeton as an ACS fellow. Barbara has come over to the dark (Chem) side; she uses budding yeast to explicate the role of inositol phosphates in the cell. In her spare (little) time, she likes listening to live music, especially classic rock, but is an avid fan of Blue October’s music.
To many, Florrie may seem to be a rather inconsistent individual. She doesn’t seem to be able to commit to being on either coast. She grew up as a California girl in Pasadena. Then she got her B. S. from New York University, working in the laboratory of Marc Walters. Florrie continued to University of California Irvine and received her Ph.D. working for Elizabeth Jarvo. Now she’s back on the east coast to work with Dorothea to develop cell permeable molecular phosphate sensors. She’s gone from blonde hair, to bright blue hair, to somber brown. She loves the Steelers, and can’t seem to be a fan of any one hockey team for more than one season. Presumably the most consistent element to Florrie is that she has always had a driving curiosity in chemical research.
Anastasia was born in Kazakhstan and after moving to south Germany she studied Chemistry at the Julius-Maximilians University in Wuerzbrug. To broaden her synthetic skills and to improve her Russian-influenced English, she went to UC Berkley for undergraduate research. Back in Wuerzburg, she got her Master's degree in synthetic chemistry under supervision of Prof. G. Bringmann. Anastasia continued to Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich and conducted her Ph.D. for Prof. D. Trauner. Her graduate work was focused on total synthesis of polyketide natural products and alkaloids. She also became a Bayern Munich fan during that time. She apparently is a huge fan of the US too, because she’s back, now working for Dorothea as a postdoc on a DFG fellowship. However, football in America is not having the same effect on her as football in Munich.
Jeff grew up in Springfield PA, went to Springfield High School, and then studied Biochemistry at Lafayette College in Easton PA. He is a Phillies fan for life, but also has a passion for country music. After Nashville refused to play his original songs “Room Full of Solvents” and “Heartbreak HPLC,” Jeff decided to pursue a career in chemistry instead of country music. In lab, Jeff is studying the metabolic kinases involved in inositol polyphosphate synthesis. Although his days are filled with chemistry, Jeff hasn’t forgotten his line dancing roots, and he is willing to teach anyone joining the lab.
Mingxuan was born and brought up in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. He graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, receiving a B.S. in biotechnology and M.S. in microbiology. At SJTU, he worked in Huchen Zhou's group where he designed and synthesized chemical probes to study biological mechanisms. He enjoys talking about his wife and visiting her in Maryland. He thinks German cars go too fast, but Dorothea finds that unreasonable.
Jack (which is short for John) spent his entire childhood in the sleepy back woods of Falmouth, Maine being chased by bears and riding moose. Jack attended Boston College and majored in chemistry. During his undergraduate career he worked in laboratory of Amir Hoveyda where he synthesized Sporochnol A. He also spent much of his free time playing trumpet in the Marching and Pep Bands. When his career in the bands fell through (meaning he was kicked out out of the Marching Band), he decided to pursue a graduate degree in chemistry. Jack is an avid alpine skier (despite the trees that attack him), and his hobbies also include watching football, spending time in the summer with his extended family, and talking way too much about Maine.
Lisa was born and raised in Hillsborough, NJ as an avid Yankees fan. A lover of New England, she obtained her B.S. at Boston College (yes, with Jack...unfortunately), double majoring in Chemistry and Accounting, while conducting research in Marc Snapper’s group synthesizing unnatural amino acid-based catalysts. Deciding that she had her fill of Red Sox fans, she left them behind and returned to the Great Garden State, only to be surrounded by Phillies fans. After a year of using her business degree at Johnson & Johnson, she ventured back into the chemical world to study inorganic polyphosphates in the Fiedler lab.
Alan had a very scattered upbringing. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, the Air Force moved his family six times before finally settling in Stroudsburg, PA. In rebellion to his father’s push towards computer science, Alan developed a love of chemistry and even had his own basement laboratory. Sadly, Alan had to leave his basement to attend college, and so he got B.S. in Chemistry from Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College. While at PSU, Alan worked as an organic chemistry TA, studied total synthesis under Dr. Kenneth Feldman, interned at Merck, and became president of the Professional Chemistry Fraternity. Because of his extensive travels, Alan is able to say definitively that the most beautiful city in Germany is Munich.
Cesar was born and raised in Juarez, Mexico. He commuted every day from there to go to school and learn about molecular biology. He obtained his B.S. in cellular biochemistry from the University of Texas at El Paso where he spent his days learning science and mastering the language while still enjoying some good Mexican food. When he was done at UTEP, he decided he wanted to experience a cold, harsh, snowy North American winter, so he moved to Princeton where he joined the Fiedler lab. He is studying the role of inorganic phosphate in tumor metabolism and metastasis. In his spare time he likes to watch movies and check the authenticity of local Mexican cuisine, though he thinks these winters are too much.
Proudly from the Jersey Shore, Jon is a self-proclaimed expert on all Boardwalk games and the roller coasters at the local Six Flags. Jon ventured into this foreign land known as the Midwest for undergrad to attend Northwestern University. While there, he studied a series of Zn2+ activated MR contrast agents in the lab of Tom Meade. After nearly going insane from hearing people claim that deep dish is the best pizza, Jon decided to come back East for grad school and joined the Fiedler Lab. When he’s not discussing chemistry Jon can be heard the latest Northwestern sports loss, fantasy football strategy, or any 90s kids movie.
Despite numerous reports to the contrary, Nate is not in fact a dinosaur. Nate was born as a human in Ipswich, MA, a small town north of Boston. Deciding he'd had enough of unpredictable winter weather, he decided to attend University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, where the weather is reliably freezing cold with lots of snow. Nate enjoys the outdoors and following all midwestern sports teams (except the Packers and White Sox) and is a big Arsenal and New England Revolution soccer fan. He also enjoys Calvin and Hobbes, crossword puzzles, and dancing Bhangra, a traditional northern Indian folk dance. Chemistry is okay too.
Robi, sometimes called Robi-Wan Kenobi for his splendid wisdom, was born and raised in Germany. For his bachelor studies in biochemistry he decided to attend Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg and explore the allegedly hillbilly and uncivilized former East Germany. He found it quite nice. For his bachelor thesis he worked in the lab of Elmar Wahle studying protein arginine methyltransferases. After his graduation he stayed at MLU Halle for their master’s program. He's taking a year off from his master's to visit the US and work on inositol polyphosphate metabolism in Dorothea's lab. When his visit ends he will return to Halle to finish his master’s and we will see where he ends up for his Ph.D.
Cordelia was born in New York but was soon whisked away to Paris, France, where she grew up with a baguette in one hand and a test tube in the other. Despite calls to join the French Foreign Legion, she spent the last two years of high school in Abu Dhabi soaking up the sun (or rather, AC) before returning to the "cold" land of New Jersey. Upon her arrival back to the USA, she has rekindled her love for the Mets and Jets. When not in lab, she splits her time between being pre-med, organizing events for student government, and singing "Sweet Caroline".