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.