John graduated from University of Dayton with a B.S./M.S. in Biology. It was there he first began his interest in gene regulation, particularly cis-regulatory elements, while working with Dr. Thomas Williams studying the evolution of pigmentation patterns in Drosophila. Following graduation John joined Dr. Victoria Meller’s lab at Wayne State University working as Lab Manager and Research Assistant studying the impact of chromatin conformation on dosage compensation in fruit flies. As a PhD student John hopes to continue to probe the logic underlying CREs and how advancements in experimental methods can enhance this study. In his free time John enjoys making music, running, and playing tennis.