2012 GSSPC from left to right: Andrew, Jean-Luc, Alexis, Jeff, Tim

Jean-Luc Chaubard
Hsieh-Wilson Group

Jean-Luc Chaubard was born and raised in the state of New York, just outside New York City. He attended Stony Brook University where he received his B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (2009). His undergraduate research efforts focused on investigating carbohydrates role in normal embryonic development. This work was conducted as a Beckman Scholar under the supervision of Dr. Robert S. Haltiwanger. In addition to science related activities Jean-Luc played Roller and Ice Hockey for Stony Brook. Currently Jean-Luc is a graduate student at the California Institute of Technology where he works for Dr. Linda Hsieh-Wilson. His current research is focused on developing chemical tools to study protein glycosylation. Upon completion of his PhD, Jean-Luc looks to pursue an academic career devoted to investigating carbohydrates in disease.

Jeff Holder
Stoltz Group
Jeff Holder hails from St. Petersburg, FL, from which he gleefully departed to complete baccalaureate studies at Harvard University. Currently, he resides in Pasadena, CA where he pursues a PhD at Caltech under the supervision of Brian Stoltz. Mr. Holder aims to embark on an independent career in academia and can think of no greater vocation than the mentoring of future graduate students.

Alexis Komor
Barton Group



Alexis was raised in Orinda, California and completed her baccalaureate studies at UC Berkeley, where she worked under the guidance of Professor Chris Chang researching energy catalysis by small molecules. She graduated in three and a half years with highest honors and received the Erich and Elly Saegebarth Prize in Chemistry for excellence in undergraduate research upon graduation. Alexis is now pursuing her Ph.D. at Caltech under the supervision of Professor Jacqueline K. Barton where she is developing metalloinsertors for DNA base-pair mismatch detection.


Timothy Mui
Barton Group

Timothy grew up in a Glenview, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where in 2008 he received his B.S. in chemistry under the direction of Professor Scott K. Silverman studying reactions catalyzed by DNA.

Timothy is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology under the direction of Professor Jacqueline K. Barton to further understand the role of redox active proteins involved in DNA repair.

Andrew Wang
Hsieh-Wilson Group
Andrew Wang was born in Los Altos, CA, and attended UC Berkeley studying the structural biology of transcriptional activators. He continues his education at Caltech pursuing a PhD studying the neurobiology of glycosyltransferases. He aspires to explore the neurobiology of disease and develop therapies for more effective treatment.