TEAM

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. 

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.

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.

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!

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!

MOHAMMAD SADIC

MD/PhD student

Hometown:

Brooklyn, NY

Degree:

BA, Biology, NYU

Fun Fact:

I keep a foreign currency collection (coins and bills)

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! 

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.

PAIGE LOOSE

Assistant Research Technician

Hometown:

Malvern, PA

Degrees:

 BS Biology (College of Charleston)

Fun Fact: 

I love scuba! I earned my diver certification to perform underwater research on stony coral tissue loss disease in the British Virgin Islands. Protect the reefs!

JUHANA HABIB

Undergraduate Volunteer

Hometown: 

Queens, New York 

Degrees in Progress: 

Biology major/Mental Health Studies minor at NYU

Fun Fact:

I had an injured pet pigeon named Muck for a couple months. I nursed him back to health! 

JOAQUIN RODRIGUEZ

Rotation 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.

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. 

 

ALUMNI

AARON
BRILEY

Senior Technician

Hometown: 

Wentzville MO

Degrees: 

BS in Biology (UMSL)

Fun Fact: 

I won over 30 dart tournaments/leagues.


Currently a Medical Technologist at NC State

CLARA SI

Assistant Research Technician

Hometown:

Toronto, Canada

Degree:

BA, Biochemistry and Classical Civilization (Hon), NYU

Fun Fact:

Passionate about fitness but can put down a 1.5 quart tub of ice cream faster than you can follow @_sendzoods.

Currently MSTP at Vanderbilt University

AMODHYA SAMARAKOON

Undergraduate Volunteer

Hometown:

St. Paul, Minnesota

Degrees in progress:

Biology major,

pre-med, minoring in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (all NYU)

Fun Fact:

I took choir for seven years and sang at Carnegie Hall but am horrible at singing and do not know how to read music!

NATHAN MERCADO

Summer intern

Hometown:

Chino Hills, California 

Degree in progress: 

Senior Undergraduate, Biochemistry, University of California Riverside 

Fun Fact:

I once ate a mealworm out of curiosity


Currently University of California Riverside

SARAH BALLENTINE

Assistant Research Technician

Hometown:

Stamfort, CT

Degree:

BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (Penn State)

Fun Fact: 

Currently an Associate Scientist at AbbVie

CHLOE ADRIANA TALANA

Summer intern

Hometown: 

Honolulu, Hawaii

Deegree:

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Fun Fact:

I’m probably one of the 0.01% of Filipinos that cannot sing.

ADIL MOHAMED

Post-Doc

Hometown:

Mombasa, Kenya

Degrees:

BSc Microbiology (University of Alberta)

BsC Immunology and Infection (University of Alberta)

PhD Virology (University of Alberta)

Fun Fact:

In my spare time, I enjoy tackling home and garden DIY projects. 

 

Dittmann laboratory
Alexandria Center for Life Sciences, West Tower
430 E 29th Street, room 313
New York, New York 10016
USA

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