Josh has disappeared in front of a crowded theater (twice), compelled celebrities to tie his shoes1, was once the epitome of freckled cuteness2, and rode a killer whale into battle3. He also co-founded The Finch & Pea blog with Mike White. That was in his spare time.
He coordinates the Summer Program for Research Interns at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science & Mathematics, which places every student in the school in a six week research internship at research labs across the state, nation, and world.
Previously, Josh was a Career Development Fellow at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK in the laboratory of Jernej Ule researching the regulation of splicing by RNA binding proteins.
He earned a PhD in molecular cell biology from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied classical genetics, quantitative genetics, and evolutionary biology in the laboratory of Barak Cohen.
He received a BS from Duke University, where he majored in biology with a concentration in genetics and minors in chemistry and history.
He is patiently tolerated by a saintly and brilliant wife. He is regularly and deservedly mocked by his older daughter, The Frogger. His younger daughter, Punkface MacGruder, thinks he looks funny. She is very perceptive.
1. David Copperfield. He also assisted in the disappearing.
2. National modeling of Bob Evans hats on place mats. You may have eaten pancakes on his face.
3. Shamu, when they still did things like that. “Battle” should be defined very broadly in this instance.
Witten JT and J Ule. 2011. Understanding splicing regulation through RNA splicing maps. Trends in Genetics; March; 27(3-2): 89–97. doi: 10.1016/j.tig.2010.12.001
Witten JT, CT Chen, BA Cohen. 2007. Complex genetic changes in strains of Saccharomyces cerevisiae derived by selection in the laboratory. Genetics 177: 449-456. doi: 10.1534/genetics.107.077859
Tollervey JR, Z Wang, T Hortobágyi, M Kayikci, JT Witten, K Zarnack, TA Clark, AC Schweitzer, G Rot, T Curk, B Zupan, B Rogelj, CE Shaw, J Ule 2011. Analysis of alternative splicing associated with aging and neurodegeneration in the human brain. Genome Research; 21: 1572-1582. doi: 10.1101/gr.122226.111
Staloch LJ, JK Divine, JT Witten, TC Simon. 2005. C/EBP and Cdx family factors regulate liver fatty acid binding protein transgene expression in the small intestinal epithelium. Biochem Biophys Acta 1731(3):168-178. doi: 10.1016/j.bbaexp.2005.08.014
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