John is a Ph.D. student in Biological & Biomedical Sciences at Harvard Medical School. A native midwesterner, he first came east to attend Amherst College. By way of studying shigella and M. tuberculosis in the past, John quickly became an infectious disease junkie. He is BSL-3 certified and currently researches dengue viral translation without polyadenylation. In his free time, John volunteers as a science tutor to middle and high schoolers. He is also a competitive cyclist, rower, and serves as the coach of the Harvard GSAS Dragon Boat Team.