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Meet Jeff

I'm a natural products chemist who utilizes bioinformatics, enzymology, genetic engineering, and microbiology to discover chemically and biologically interesting small molecules, understand how they are biosynthesized, and apply them to human health. I am inspired by how nature works and utilize my multidisciplinary training to answer questions at the interface of chemistry and biology. 

I was born and raised in Southern California, received my B.S. degree in Biochemistry from Walla Walla University in College Place, WA, and obtained my Ph.D. at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT, under the supervision of Professor C. Dale Poulter.  I joined Professor Ben Shen at The Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, FL, in January 2013 as a postdoctoral research associate.

I was awarded the prestigious NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award in 2017, an Arnold O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2016, and a TSRI Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2015. I have published 34 peer-reviewed research articles and reviews (18 first or co-first author) in journals including Nat. Chem. Biol.J. Am. Chem. Soc., Nat. Prod. Rep., Nat. Commun.Org. Lett., ACS Chem. Biol., Biochemistry, Chem. Biol., Bioorg. Med. Chem., and J. Ind. Microbiol. Biotechnol. I am a motivated scientist with established experimental, writing, and communication skills. I have led multiple research projects, enjoy working collaboratively, and have mentored high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, and other postdocs.

I joined the Chemistry Department at the University of Florida in the Fall of 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the Chemical Biology division (new website coming soon!).

Outside the lab, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing soccer, and playing the piano.  I also enjoy traveling, card games, and listening to Ben Folds and 80s music.

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