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DR. MEIKE DITTMANN

Principal Investigator

Hometown:

Stuttgart, Germany

Degrees:

Intermediate Degree in Law (Tübingen)

Diploma in Biology (Tübingen)

PhD in Molecular Medicine (Ulm)

Fun Fact: 

I did competitive ballroom dancing for 15 years. 

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DR. RALF DUERR

Research Assistant Professor

Hometown:

Geislingen an der Steige, Germany

Degrees:

License to practice medicine (Ulm)

M.D. (Ulm)

Ph.D. (Mainz)

Fun Fact: 

The only German and huge soccer fan who doesn't drink beer.

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DR. KEATON CROSSE

Post-Doc

Hometown: 

Sydney, NSW, Australia

Degrees:

B.Sc Microbiology and Genetics (La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

PhD in Antiviral Innate Immunology (La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Fun Fact: 

Can ride a unicycle!

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RACHEL PRESCOTT

PhD candidate

Hometown: 

Hampden, Maine

Degrees: 

BS in Biochemistry (Worcester, MA)

Fun Fact:

I played the tuba in the WPI Marching Band! Go Tech! 

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AUSTIN SCHINLEVER

PhD Candidate

Hometown:
Gilford, NH
Degree:
BSc Chemistry, BA Spanish (University of Virginia)
Fun Fact:
I am a huge nerd for public transit! I even worked for several years as a bus driver.

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BRUNO RODRIGUEZ-RODRIGUEZ

Phd Candidate

Hometown: 

Ponce, Puerto Rico

Degrees:

BS Industrial Biotechnology, Minor in Italian (University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez)

MPS Forensic Science, Chemistry Track (The Pennsylvania State University)

Fun Fact:

I am a professional salsa dancer and judge and a 4x World Salsa Champion

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JOAQUIN RODRIGUEZ

PhD candidate

Hometown: 

Lima, Peru

Degrees: 

BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, minor in Microbiology - Oregon State University 

Fun Fact:

I surf a lot, and have been doing it since I was 10! Yes, there is year-round surf in NYC; fall and winter are the best seasons.

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GRACE CIABATTONI

PhD student

Hometown: Newburgh, NY

Degrees: BS, Molecular Biology (Lehigh University)

BA, Spanish and Hispanic Studies (Lehigh University)

Fun Fact: I sang at an international choral festival in Graz with my college choir

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ASHLEY FISHER

Research Technician

Hometown: Brentwood, NY

Degree: BA in Cellular/Molecular Biology with a Double Minor in Deaf Studies + Spanish from SUNY New Paltz

Fun Fact: I spent two weeks abroad in Ethiopia teaching the Deaf community about personal hygiene, their microbiota, and how vaccines work using American/Ethiopian Sign Language, English, and Amharic thanks to Visions Global Empowerment. I plan on volunteering with them again at an all girls school in Nicaragua!

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Lab mascot

Hometown:

Fantasialand, Germany 

Degree:

Passed Quality Control

Fun Fact:

I roam the lab at night when nobody is around.