Mark is originally from White Plains, NY. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he worked on the scope of nucleophiles capable of reacting with a DNA base analog, along with synthesizing transition state inhibitors of an enzyme important for bacterial protein synthesis. After finishing his bachelor’s degree, Mark started his graduate career at Vanderbilt University under the mentorship of Dr. Craig Lindsley. Here, his work focused on the synthesis of positive allosteric modulators of the metabotropic glutamate receptor 2/4 heterodimer and studies toward the synthesis of Pericoannosin A. In his free time, Mark enjoys playing volleyball and cooking.
Dan is originally from Tinley Park, IL. As an undergraduate at Northern Illinois University Dan completed a senior thesis centered on using ion-molecule reactions to measure gas phase reaction rates of radical damage to DNA/RNA nucleobases. After completion of his bachelor’s degree, Dan moved to Vanderbilt University to pursue a Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. Craig Lindsley. Here, he was involved in several academic medicinal chemistry campaigns in addition to publishing on the synthesis of hybrubin A and a synthetic platform to access a group of dibenzybutane lignans. Dan works hard so his cat can have a better life and often wonders if the camper trailer he used to live in might actually be nicer than his first Cambridge apartment.
Hanna Tukachinsky is interested in the molecular mechanisms that underpin cell signaling pathways, as well as the diseases that result from deregulation of these pathways. She obtained her PhD at Harvard Medical School with Prof. Adrian Salic, studying Hedgehog signaling, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. Tom Rapoport, studying the proteins involved in shaping the endoplasmic reticulum.