Kate Bauman : Graduate Student

Kate Bauman

Graduate Student


Kate earned her bachelor's degree in Chemistry at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she worked with Professor Lesley-Ann Giddings to exploit cryptic gene clusters in extremophilic microorganisms for the discovery of bioactive secondary metabolites. She is interested in the intersection of chemistry and biology in natural products research. She joined the Moore lab in the fall of 2016.

Patrick Brunson : Graduate Student

Patrick Brunson

Graduate Student


Patrick earned his B.S. in Genetics from the University of Georgia under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Arnold. Although his undergraduate research focused primarily on aging and the biological clock in fungi, he became interested in marine systems after a summer internship at the J. Craig Venter Institute in La Jolla. As a joint member of the Moore lab and Dr. Andy Allen’s lab, he is excited to explore natural products chemistry in microalgae using tools and techniques from both labs. Patrick is also a PADI Divemaster and is especially thrilled to bring his love of the ocean to the lab bench.

Dr. Jonathan Chekan, Ph.D. : Postdoc

Dr. Jonathan Chekan, Ph.D.



Jon was born in Pittsburgh, PA. He received his B.S. degree in Microbiology from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 while working in the laboratories of Profs. J. Martin Bollinger and Carsten Krebs. Under Prof. Satish K. Nair, he obtained his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois in October 2016. His graduate research primarily focused on the structural and biochemical studies of enzymes involved in the biosynthesis of RiPP natural products. He joined the Moore Lab in February 2017.

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Dr. Tristan de Rond, Ph.D. : Postdoc

Dr. Tristan de Rond, Ph.D.


Tristan conducted his undergraduate studies in Biochemistry and Computer Science at Brown University, where he gained a great appreciation for secondary metabolism under the mentorship of Jason Sello. To further learn about life's biosynthetic capabilities and how to harness them for good, he joined Jay Keasling's group at UC Berkeley, where he focused on enzyme discovery using high-throughput mass spectrometry. Now at SIO, Tristan seeks to explore the abundant existing biodiversity – and hence, biosynthetic potential – in the world's oceans to expand the biosynthetic toolbox.
For a current list of Tristan's publications, please visit www.tristanderond.com
Dr. Timothy Fallon, Ph.D. : Postdoc

Dr. Timothy Fallon, Ph.D.



Tim was born in Tokyo, Japan. He earned his B.A. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. During his undergraduate studies, he worked with Dr. Jayaraj Rajagopal at the Massachusetts General Hospital studying the cellular and tissue biology of the mammalian lung epithelium. He obtained his PhD in the laboratory of Jing-Ke Weng at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  In his graduate studies, Tim studied the metabolism and evolution of bioluminescence in fireflies and other bioluminescent beetles, including the completion of the genome project for the North American firefly Photinus pyralis.  He joined the Moore lab in July 2019.  For a current list of publications visit his website at https://photocyte.github.io.

Dr. Hanna Luhavaya, Ph.D. : Postdoc

Dr. Hanna Luhavaya, Ph.D.



Hanna (Anya) was born and grew up in a city of Mogilev in Belarus. In 2006 she went to Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia to pursue BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry with specialization in Chemical Enzymology. In 2011, Anya moved to Cambridge where she worked towards her PhD degree under the supervision of Prof. Peter Leadlay. Her PhD research was focused on the investigating biosynthetic pathways of complex polyether natural products from Streptomyces bacteria. Although her first degree was in chemistry, throughout her PhD Anya’s interests have shifted towards genetic engineering, microbiology, and biochemistry of natural products biosynthesis. Anya joined the Moore Lab in November 2015 to explore the biosynthetic aspects of natural products of marine origin.

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Taylor Steele : Graduate Student

Taylor Steele

Graduate Student


Taylor joined the Moore lab in January of 2019 after graduating with a B.S. in Biology-Chemistry from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. She worked with Dr. Ariane Jansma to investigate interactions between viral proteins and PDZ domains from host cells using NMR spectroscopy, and Dr. David E. Cummings and Dr. Ryan Botts to develop new sequencing and bioinformatics methodologies. She is interested in algal genomics and marine natural product chemistry.

Monica Thukral : Graduate Student

Monica Thukral

Graduate Student


Monica joined the Moore lab in Fall 2018 after graduating from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She worked with Dr. Laura Gomez-Consaranu, Dr. David Hutchins, Dr. Feixue Fu, and Dr. Sergio Sañudo-Wilhelmy to identify and quantify proteorhodopsin in marine diatoms and haptophytes. She is interested in biosynthetic enzymology of marine phytoplankton.

Kayla Wilson : Graduate Student

Kayla Wilson

Graduate Student


Kayla earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN, where she worked with Professor Larryn Peterson to design and synthesize antibacterial compounds that mimic the natural substrate of the LpxC enzyme. Sailing across the Atlantic on an oceanographic research vessel sparked her interest in marine systems. Kayla is interested in the microbiome of marine sponges and hopes to increase understanding of the chemical signaling between the host sponge and its symbionts. She joined the Moore lab in the Fall of 2017.

Dr. Percival Yang-Ting Chen, Ph.D. : Postdoc

Dr. Percival Yang-Ting Chen, Ph.D.



Percy was born in Taiwan. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the National Taiwan University in 2013 while working in the laboratory of Prof. Yuan-Chung Cheng. In 2019, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under Prof. Catherine L. Drennan. His graduate research focused on the structural and biochemical characterization of metalloproteins and thiamine diphosphate-dependent enzymes. He joined the Moore Lab in July 2019.

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Dr. Jeong Sang (David) Yi, Ph.D. : Postdoc

Dr. Jeong Sang (David) Yi, Ph.D.



Jeong Sang (David) was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2005 he acquired BS degree in Biology and Organic Chemistry at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. David moved back to home Korea to fulfill his military duties. There he also pursued his PhD degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Byung-Gee Kim at Seoul National University. His PhD research was focused on metabolic engineering of branched chain amino acid metabolism for production of various secondary metabolites in Streptomyces bacteria. David joined the Moore Lab in October 2018 to explore and study biosynthesis of natural products in marine and cave origin Streptomyces species.

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