the Team.

 

Andrew Johnson

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Postdoctoral fellow

University of California, San Diego, CA
Postgraduate, Obesity & Diabetes research group of Professor Jerrold Olefsky

University of Oxford, Oxford, UK, PhD, Immunology, supervised by Professor Fiona Powrie, PhD conferral: May 2013

University of Bristol, Bristol UK,
BSc., Biochemistry with study in Industry, First Class

What is the best thing about where you grew up?

The energy - there's always something happening in London.

When you're not in the lab, what are you doing?

Running, riding the bike or out with friends.

What skill would you most likely develop for the zombie apocalypse?

The ability to grow vegetables.

Why Do You Want To Work In DePaolo Lab?

The ambition. The potential here and the projects we are devising are fantastic.

What is the most important message you've received from your gut?

To believe in yourself and what you are doing - in the end a lot about (poop) science seems crazy at first.

 

Denise Chac

PhD Student | UW, Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD Program

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University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Bachelor of Science, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology,
Second major, Anthropology

What is the best thing about where you grew up?

Other than the quiet country side and awesome fried chicken in Tennessee, I love watching fireflies rise from the grass during the summer nights - and also explaining to people that sometimes they will poop in your hand when you catch them.

When you're not in the lab, what are you doing?

Creating weird but cool DIY projects and working on puzzles. On lazy days, I enjoy watching sci-fi TV shows and reading.

What skill would you most likely develop for the zombie apocalypse?

Welding a sword and bow and arrow.

Why do you want to work in DePaolo Lab?

I love being surrounded by amazing scientists that are always striving to do their best. When I'm in lab, I'm with good friends and great thinkers.

What is the most important message you've received from your gut?

Not to go investigate creepy noises without a weapon in hand.

 

 

Melissa Kordahi

PhD Student | UW, Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease (M3D) PhD Program

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American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon,
Bachelor of Science, Biology, 2009

Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon,
PharmD, 2014

What is the best thing about where you grew up?

I spent a great deal of my life in Byblos, Lebanon, where I am originally from. It's a beautiful ancient port city on the coast of the Mediterranean sea and there are so many things I love about this place, mainly its amazing historical wealth, the beaches and, of course, having all my family there.

When you’re not in the lab, what are you doing? 

When I'm not in the lab, I like to read, hang out with friends or discover new places.  I am also into extreme sports...I have yet to try bungee jumping and skydiving!

What skill would you most like to develop for the zombie apocalypse?

If the zombie apocalypse is coming, I would focus all my efforst on finding another habitable planet and learn how to plan a space mission.  The day it happens, the spaceship would be ready for launch, carrying as many survivors as possible and everything we would need to go colonize a new planet.

Why do you want to work in DePaolo Lab?

I really enjoy working with a team of young, energetic and talented people who make science so fun and exciting.

What is the most important message you've received from your gut?

When in doubt, you just have to believe in yourself.

 

 

Leandra Brettner

PhD Student | UW, Department of Bioengineering

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University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Mathematics
Second major, Molecular & Cellular Biology

What is the best thing about where you grew up?

I grew up in a more rural part of Arizona and was surrounded by beautiful desert views and spectacular sunsets. However, the desert likes to remind you that nature can kill you, which gives you a little more respect for modern comforts…like air-conditioning.

When you're not in the lab, what are you doing?

Trying to keep my patio garden alive, cooking breakfast food, or out with friends enjoying the little bit of nice weather Seattle has to offer.

What skill would you most like to develop for the zombie apocalypse?

Um, maybe my science skills? That way, we can find a cure as quickly as possible. Probably some self-defense too.

Why do you want to work in DePaolo Lab?

I am absolutely fascinated by and enamored with microbes. Also, I was struck by the passion, curiosity, and supportive energy of the group. Everyone is working on really amazing stuff.

What is the most important message you've received from your gut?

My gut is pretty good at telling me something is wrong before my head believes it

 

Kelly Crebs

Student | University of Washington

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University of Washington, Seattle, WA

What is the best thing about where you grew up?

I grew up in a small town that is equidistant from Seattle and the Olympic mountain range, meaning that in a short amount of time I could be in the heart of the city or in the middle of a national park.

When you're not in the lab, what are you doing?

I love to get outdoors, play soccer and tennis, travel, read, and run around with my two Shetland Sheepdogs. At any given time I can also be found quoting The Office to anyone who will listen.

What skill would you most like to develop for the zombie apocalypse?

I would try to increase my knowledge of edible plants so that I could avoid high-traffic zombie areas and live off the land. That is assuming that I’m not one of the zombies though; if I were one of the first zombies during the apocalypse I would probably want to learn the best way to eat a brain.

Why do you want to work in DePaolo Lab?

I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease a few years ago, and since then I have made it my goal to help discover a cure for Crohn’s and related conditions. After hearing about the inspiring work done on IBD and the microbiome in the DePaolo Lab, I knew it was the perfect place to develop my research skills and work on projects directly applicable to my future.

What is the most important message you've received from your gut?

Crohn’s disease is mostly concentrated in the gut region, so you could say that my gut is notoriously untrustworthy. However, my condition has certainly taught me to always pay attention to what my gut is telling me, good or bad, so there are many positives to my illness as well.