Dr. Sanjoy Adak, Ph.D.
Sanjoy received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Calcutta and a master degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. During his master studies, he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Suvarn Kulkarni on the synthesis of complex carbohydrates. In 2019, he received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University under Prof. Tadhg P. Begley. His graduate research focused on bacterial flavoenzymes involved in xenobiotic, nucleobase, and vitamin catabolism. He joined the Moore Lab in February 2020.
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 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. Immo Burkhardt, PhD
Immo was born in Lueneburg in Northern Germany. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the Technical University of Braunschweig working on optical superresolution microscopy in the group of Prof. Philip Tinnefeld. At the same university he obtained his master’s degree in biological chemistry working on photoaffinity labeling of small peptides under Prof. Thomas Lindel. For pursuing his PhD he joined the group of Prof. Jeroen Dickschat at the University of Bonn to work in the fields of natural products chemistry and biosynthesis with a focus on fungal isoprenoids. He joined the Moore lab in October 2019.
For a current list of publications visit his google scholar page.
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.
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.
Dr. Tristan de Rond, Ph.D.
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.
Trevor earned his B.S. in Molecular Synthesis from UC San Diego, where he synthesized polymers for organic photovoltaic cells under the tutelage of Prof. Darren Lipomi. Upon graduation, Trevor spent one year working at Sirenas Marine Discovery, where he found is passion for marine natural product chemistry. His primary research interests include natural product discovery, total synthesis, and biocatalysis. He joined the Moore lab in January of 2019.
For a current list of publications, visit his Google Scholar page.
Dr. Vikram Shende, Ph.D.
Vik was born in Columbus, Ohio. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of Michigan Dearborn in 2011. After undergraduate he spent a few years working as a synthetic chemist at Cayman Chemical in Ann Arbor, MI, working on the total synthesis of prostacyclins. Vik obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, working in the Sherman Lab where he characterized bacterial cytochromes P450 and their molecular basis for selectivity in the biosynthesis of non-symmetrical diketopiperazine dimers. Vik joined the Moore lab in March 2020 and is currently exploring the biosynthesis of sponge-derived natural products. Being from the midwest, Vik misses the cold weather, and despite the unforgiving California sun enjoys dark beer, and spicy noodle soups.
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 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 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. 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.