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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. MAREN DE VRIES

Post-Doc

Hometown:

Schwerte, Germany

Degrees:

Diploma in Biology (Marburg an der Lahn)

PhD in Biology (Berlin)

Fun Fact:

My neighbors probably don't know me, but they definitely known that I am a huge football (soccer) fan.

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DR. ANA MAYELA VALERO JIMENEZ

Post-Doc

Hometown: 

Mexico City, Mexico

Degrees: 

B.Sc in Biology

M.Sc in Biological Sciences (Experimental Biology)

PhD in Biological Sciences (Biomedicine)

Fun Fact:

I love dancing. Some people would say that it is cheaper than therapy, I would say it isn't but definitely is better!

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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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MOHAMMAD SADIC

MD/PhD student

Hometown:

Brooklyn, NY

Degree:

BA, Biology, NYU

Fun Fact:

I keep a foreign currency collection (coins and bills)

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RACHEL PRESCOTT

PhD student

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 Student

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 Student

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 student

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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THE EGG-LAYING WOOL MILK PIG

Lab mascot

Hometown:

Fantasialand, Germany 

Degree:

Passed Quality Control

Fun Fact:

I roam the lab at night when nobody is around.