Ph.D. Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Caltech, 2014
B.S. Biology, MIT, 2005
B.S. Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2005
Fred received his B.S. in Biology and Chemical Engineering from MIT. As an undergrad, he worked in the laboratory of Dr. Jackie Ying to engineer and characterize hydroxyapatite and silica-based nanoparticles for gene delivery applications. He also worked with Dr. Robert Langer where he helped synthesize and characterize a novel chemotherapeutic agent (dextran-peptide-methotrexate conjugate) for targeting solid tumors. Fred worked briefly at Genzyme Corporation, to conduct research and development for tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. However, it was a brief and exciting exposure to Synthetic Biology in the laboratory of Dr. Drew Endy, which led him to Caltech. He received his doctorate on research conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Elowitz, where he discovered a novel RNA-binding protein regulatory mechanism that connects the activity of developmental signaling pathways to the expression of Nanog, a key regulator of pluripotency gene circuits. As a postdoctoral researcher in the Yeo lab, Fred is interested in deciphering the developmental and pathological roles played by IGF2-mRNA binding proteins.