The Team

Amy Jobe

Contributing Editor, Copy Editor

Amy Jobe is a graduate student in Joachim Frank's lab, where cryo-electron microscopy and image processing are used to create high-resolution three-dimensional structures of the ribosome.  Her other scientific interests include synthetic biology and molecular evolution, climate change, and epigenetics.  She hopes to raise awareness about unconventional career opportunities after the PhD and is receptive to any suggestions from readers.

Deepti Mathur

Contributing Editor

Deepti Mathur is a PhD student in the Integrated Program at CUMC. In Ramon Parsons's lab, she studies how cells alter their metabolism after losing the tumor suppressor PTEN. She is also interested in the broader nutritional impacts on cancer, and cancer prevention. Through this blog, Mathur hopes to connect readers to new research and address scientific findings that have caught the media's attention.

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Ethan McCurdy

Contributing Editor

Ethan McCurdy is a PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics at Columbia.  He is also a Fellow of the National Science Foundation and currently studies how local translation of proteins can inform our understanding of acute molecular responses in neurons.  When not in the lab, he enjoys teaching about neuroscience, writing music, and exploring New York City.

Franklin Garcia

Contributing Editor

Franklin Garcia is a PhD student in the Pathobiology and Molecular Medicine Program in the Department of Pathology and Cell Biology at CUMC. In Peter Canoll's laboratory, he studies the role of the R132H mutation in the IDH-1 metabolic enzyme in altering the phenotype of white matter progenitor cells and the mechanism by which distinct subtypes of gliomas are formed. He is a fellow in the HHMI Med into Grad Initiative, which aids in translating biological knowledge into effective medical treatments and diagnostics. He hopes to pursue a career in science writing and research policy to advocate for science funding and report scientific advances to the public.

James Lohner

Contributing Editor

James Lohner completed his undergraduate studies in Physics at Bucknell University. Following that, he wandered around for a few years, before ending up in the Sheetz Lab at Columbia University studying cellular and molecular responses to mechanical stimuli. He very much enjoys being on a mountain or on a boat, and he wishes he had a dog. Follow him on Twitter @JamesLohner

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Lara Boyle

Contributing Editor

Lara Boyle is an MD/PhD student at Columbia. She is currently completing her medical school training, after which she plans to explore how changes in brain circuity and synchronicity lead to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and depression. In her free time, she cooks and brews beer, plays board games, and searches for intermediate tennis partners. She believes most people would benefit from talking to a therapist now and then.

 

Beth Stivison

Contributing Editor

Beth Stivison is a PhD student in Columbia's metabolic biology program.  In lab she studies the mitochondria, and how cells survive after these organelles are damaged.  Beth hopes that some of her love for science can be useful not just in the lab, but in helping to make current research a little more accessible to everyone.  Beth's other interests include learning and teaching about local ecology, especially of the Hudson River.  She also enjoys playing and writing music.  
 


Past Members

Seth Robey

Contributing Editor

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Andrew Lee, PhD

Contributing Editor

Sarah Puhr

Contributing Editor

Michael Schreiber, PhD

Contributing Editor, Copy Editor

Benjamin Sally

Contributing Editor

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David Kazadi, PhD

Contributing Editor