Nancy was born in Xiamen, China, moved to the US when she was 5, and spent a joyous childhood frolicking in the Colorado mountains. She attended Colorado State University, where she conducted undergrad research with Dr. John Wood in natural product synthesis, rather than hiking, climbing, and snowboarding. Also an accomplished musician, Nancy graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Chemistry and a B.A. in Music in 2010. In the the Spiegel Lab she is pursuing strategies for improving the diversity and therapeutic activity of antibody-recruiting small molecules.
Jaylissa was born and raised on the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Puerto Rico Cayey in 2014, with a B.S. in Chemistry. As an undergrad she conducted research in Elba Reyes' lab, isolating and characterizing therapeutic components of Agave americana L. root infusions. She also performed research in nanothechnology and material science through NSF REU programs. During that time Jaylissa worked at Penn State University developing ferromagnetic- superconducting nanowires, and at Yale University developing an ultra-high vacuum machine to study surface chemistry. In the Spiegel Lab she is currently working on the synthesis and development of novel polyamidines compounds.
Julian grew up in the suburbs of Boston, MA, where he enjoyed playing tennis and hiking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Boston College where he worked in the lab of Dr. Jianmin Gao. Julian joined the Spiegel lab in 2011 and is currently working on the synthesis of polyamidines.
Matt hails from Huntingtown, MD, and attended Washington College where he majored in Chemistry and Behavioral Neuroscience. During this time he gained research experience in both fields developing new methods in organic chemistry and assessing behavioral changes in mice with traumatic brain injury. In the Spiegel Lab, he is currently working towards the synthesis of advanced glycation endproducts, and hopes to establish chemical probes to facilitate their study in biological systems. Outside of lab, Matt enjoys staying active by playing soccer, snowboarding, and hiking.
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