Dr. Takeshi Miyazawa

Takeshi received PhD degree in biochemistry at RIKEN (Saitama University) in 2016 under the supervision of Hiroyuki Osada and Shunji Takahashi where his research focused on biosynthesis of reveromycin, especially unusual PKS extender unit formation and post-PKS modifications. He is currently investigating higher-order PKS structure. In his free time, Takeshi is finding delicious US beer.

Dr. Luisa Moretto

Luisa grew up in the Netherlands and got her PhD in biochemistry at the University of Cambridge in 2016, working on the interaction between domains of modular type I polyketide synthases. Her main interests are enzymology and the interactions between proteins investigated by biophysical and structural characterization of enzymes. In her free time, Luisa likes to play volleyball, go horseback riding and enjoy music.

Drew Wagner

Drew is in the biochemistry program at UT Austin. Drew enjoys designing recombinant polyketide synthases, solving the Schrodinger equation for 7 body systems and street fighter II turbo. He is also a connoisseur of fine whiskeys.

Jessica Meinke

After Jessica graduated with her B.S. in Biochemistry from UC Davis, she worked in biotech designing and developing RNA diagnostics. She subsequently decided to switch fields and pursue protein crystallography. When she isn't in the lab, Jessica enjoys playing sports, hiking and finding new live music shows.

Zhicheng (Alex) Zhang

Alex studied music for 20 years before he finally switched to chemistry. He received his bachelors degree in Fudan University in 2013. He is now in the organic chemistry program at UT Austin. His project aims to perform the total synthesis of triketides utilizing enzymatic reduction.