Two new faculty, Ryan Nett and Jeeyun Chung, will join the MCB department as Assistant Professors in the coming year.
“We’re thrilled that Jeeyun Chung and Ryan Nett have accepted offers to join MCB as new assistant faculty members,” says MCB Chair Sean Eddy. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the hard work of our faculty search committee this year, under especially difficult circumstances because of the pandemic: led by Victoria D’Souza as the chair, with Amanda Whipple, Max Prigozhin, Nick Bellono, Paola Arlotta (SCRB), Mustafa Talay (Dulac lab postdoc, representing MCB’s community task force on DIB), and a ton of support from Polina Kehayova and Michelle Cicerano. Ryan is expected to join us in the fall semester, and Jeeyun in the spring.”
Nett studies protein interactions in plants with an eye toward potential synthetic biology solutions to problems in medicine and agriculture. He conducted his Ph.D. research in Reuben Peters’s lab at Iowa State University and is currently wrapping up his postdoctoral work as a Life Sciences Research Foundation fellow in Elizabeth Sattely’s lab at Stanford. His publication record is available here. Nett officially joined MCB on July 1st and arrived on campus this week. His lab will be located on the second floor of the Biolabs building.
“I’m really excited to work with everyone in MCB, especially because of the breadth and diversity in research topics and expertise,” says Nett. “I think this environment will be awesome for thinking about and developing new directions in my own research program on plant chemistry and metabolism.”
Chung is investigating how cells recycle lipid molecules and how cells use fatty acids that come from lipid droplets. She conducted her Ph.D. research in Pietro De Camilli’s lab at Yale University and is a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Walther & Farese lab at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). Chung is jointly affiliated with Harvard Medical School and HSPH, and doing her postdoctoral work in the Walther & Farese lab at Harvard Medical School. Her publication record is available here. Chung will join MCB in the spring.
“It is very hard to pick what made me decide to join MCB includes my excitement about the outstanding, diverse research in the department that will make a great synergy with my work in lipid metabolism,” Chung says. “I am also fascinated by the highly collegial and vibrant community at MCB that I look forward to interacting with to do brave and bold science together!”
Welcome to Jeeyun and Ryan!