John S.


John grew up in suburban NJ, right across the river from New York City. He’s always had a penchant for chemistry (especially in the kitchen) and when he found out that bacteria could do chemistry too, he decided to study them. At Muhlenberg College, a small liberal arts college in Allentown, PA, John graduated as valedictorian, with highest honors in Biochemistry, honors in Mathematics, and membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Pi Mu Epsilon honor societies. John’s thesis research garnered several scientific research awards, including the Barry M. Goldwater scholarship. He recently completed his doctorate in chemical biology at Harvard University - his thesis focused on identifying new antibiotic targets to combat Staph infections.

John is now a postdoctoral fellow at Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where he is searching for new drugs to help understand and combat cancer.

In college, John led workshops and tutored students in many science and math courses, receiving the Priscilla E. Howard tutor award for his efforts. At Harvard, John has taught courses ranging from Molecules of Life, an introductory biochemistry course for non-majors, to Chemical Biology for advanced graduate students. He has even created his own course, entitled Finding Drugs for Bad Bugs.

In his time outside the lab, John runs, plays volleyball, and climbs.

Education & Qualifications
  • Harvard University, PhD Chemical Biology 
  • Priscilla E. Howard Tutor Award
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Recipient
  • Muhlenberg College, B.S, Biochemistry (Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Mu)


  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • GRE
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "John did a really incredible job of meeting me where I was at in terms of how I was approaching the questions. I was also incredibly impressed with how well he could explain the questions. He gave me great study and test-taking tips. Going through the tests together was also a great thing!"
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Lea, GRE)
  • Testimonial Citation: 
    "John did a very good job catching me up and helping me understanding the concepts that were not made clear in discussion nor in lecture. John also helped me go through tests and chapters as we continued through the semester, explaining things and working through problems with me in ways that made sense to me. We also worked through problems, creating methods for me to think as we went so that I could kinda of check myself as I went through the problems on my own. I went from a test average of C to a B, and then my final grade was scaled to an A-."
    Testimonial Source: 
    (Katie, Chemistry, Boston University)