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Jonathan Grimm

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Jon is interested in the application of synthetic organic chemistry to the preparation of innovative compounds for use as biological tools, including dyes and fluorogenic molecules.  He seeks to leverage new technologies in the synthetic community and opportunistically develop novel chemistry to modernize dye synthesis and access new chemical space. Jon grew up in Northern Virginia and attended the University of Virginia, where he received a B.S. in Chemistry in 2002. For his graduate studies, he conducted research in synthetic methodology in the laboratory of Daesung Lee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S. Chemistry, 2005). Jon then moved to Boston, MA, where he spent five years as a medicinal chemist at Merck Research Laboratories and worked on a variety of lead optimization programs in oncology and neuroscience. In 2010, Jon joined the Lavis Lab as a research specialist in synthetic organic chemistry. When not doing chemistry, Jon enjoys walking his excitable goldendoodle puppy, attempting to play the piano, and experiencing the yearly disappointment of Virginia and Wisconsin sports.