Brief bios and pictures of the new Janelia Farm group leaders and fellows.


Alla Y. Karpova, Ph.D.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Alla Karpova says she became a biologist "by accident." Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, by parents who were scientists, Karpova recalls that she "first fell in love with chemistry in high school and took a lot of chemistry courses." More

Loren L. Looger, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

Loren Looger trained to be a mathematician, but switched to chemistry after deciding that a mathematician's life might be too solitary. The shift took courage, because everything about his background suggested that Looger was a math prodigy of considerable promise. More

Jeffrey C. Magee, Ph.D.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

Jeffrey C. Magee studied both zoology and philosophy at Louisiana State University (LSU), hoping to satisfy a long-standing interest in the mind. But the trouble with philosophy, he says, is that you can't test your ideas. More

Scott M. Sternson, Ph.D.
The Rockefeller University
New York, NY

Scott Sternson is, quite literally, a born chemist. Both of his parents are chemists, and some of his earliest memories are of being in the lab. He was drawn to the logic of the periodic table early on, recognizing its power to predict the properties and reactivity of molecules. More


Harald F. Hess, Ph.D.
Nuquest Research, LLC
La Jolla, CA

When Harald Hess was in high school, he spent two years converting treasures from the local junk yard—refrigerator compressors and Model-T spark coils—into an electron accelerator and cloud chamber in the basement of his small-town home. More


Vivek Jayaraman, M.S.
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

Why would an aerospace engineer study the fruit fly? The fly may be an impressive flying machine, but what attracts Janelia Farm fellow Vivek Jayaraman to the insect is its brain. More

Rex Kerr, Ph.D.
The Salk Institute
La Jolla, CA

Rex Kerr has been looking at the world with the eyes of a scientist for as long as he can remember. He gives a lot of credit to his father and mother, who, though not scientists themselves, taught Kerr to think like one. More

Michael B. Reiser, M.S.
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA

Michael Reiser vividly remembers the clunky mechanical muse that sparked his fascination with neuroscience as an undergraduate. The gadget was a color-seeking mobile robot he cobbled together from a broken laptop, a webcam, some proximity sensors, and other parts scrounged from a University of Florida engineering lab. More

Dmitry Rinberg, Ph.D.
Monell Chemical Senses Center
Philadelphia, PA

The tiny, twitching nose of a mouse can detect and discriminate between countless different odors. As the odors emanating from a tasty snack of grains or a potential mate reach the neurons in the mouse's nose, olfactory information is relayed to the brain, where an elaborate chemical code is deciphered. More

Elena Rivas, Ph.D.
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

While scientists often talk about genetics as the language of DNA, computational biologist Elena Rivas has made the metaphor the basis of her life in the lab. More

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