John is a first year PhD student in the Environmental and Occupational Health program. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. John’s research experiences as an undergraduate were in biochemistry, developing tests that utilized nucleic acid beacons to assess potential drugs to combat hepatitis C, and then later in the Aquatic Environmental Microbiology and Chemistry lab of Dr. Todd Miller (www.toddrexmiller.com), where he began research as part of a collaboration with the Milwaukee Health Department. The project involves routine and seasonal surveying of popular Milwaukee beaches, as well as developing new molecular-based testing to detect organisms that are either risk indicators or direct threats to public health at our recreational beaches. This has segued into the focus of his doctoral research. When John is not studying, researching, or working on a new component for the Miller lab data-gathering buoy, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.