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.