David Finkelstein is a biotech entrepreneur and biochemistry student. He spends his time pondering the universe, sponging up science knowledge, researching in the lab, and working on this geeky thing he invented called the NeuraComm. When he’s not concentrating on his research, business, and inventions, he can be found reading, rock climbing, camping, or building manly bonfires.
Jenny Tran holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with a concentration in biotechnology. She has a knack for organization and detail, and she loves all things microbiology-related. When she's not working her 9-5 job or reading textbooks for fun, you can find her in the lab OCD-ing over David's aseptic technique, soaking up nature at the park, or cooking up tasty edibles in her kitchen.
Professor Telford is the team’s advisor. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Ph.D. in Biological Inorganic Chemistry. His Ph.D. research at UC-Berkeley focused on microbial siderophores: small-molecule iron-chelating compounds. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Telford worked on laser-triggered protein folding as an NIH sponsored post-doctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology. Dr. Telford is author or co-author on 20 peer-reviewed publications, an expert in metal chelation, and has been on the faculty of the University of Iowa, Tufts University, Simmons College and is currently at Maryville University in St. Louis, MO.
David is the outside-the-box thinker of the team, with ideas overflowing out of every orifice. Jenny's area of expertise is in lab methodology and she oversees experiment quality control. Dr. Telford brings a breadth of experience in areas such as metal chelation, good lab practices, and the field of biochemistry as a whole. Their radically different lab skills mesh together well, and they plan on combining their efforts to bring to life scientific research that will make a difference in your everyday life and the world as a whole.