Zixuan (Victoria) Wei graduated from China Pharmaceutical University in 2017 with a B.A. in Pharmaceutical Analysis. During her undergraduate thesis work, She investigated the effect of IL - 6 deficiency on the development of colitis in mouse model. Following graduation, she moved to Boston, where she did her MSc in Pharmacology and Drug Development at Tufts University. At Tufts, she worked under Dr. David Greenblatt where she studied how human cytochromes mediating in vitro metabolism of Lurasidone. She enrolled AMC toxicology program in Fall 2022 where she joined the Colorado Antiviral Pharmacology Lab, working under Dr. Peter Anderson and Dr. Kristina Brooks. She is currently working on a population PK model to support antibiotic dose evaluation.
Jon Woodward is from Evergreen Colorado and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego in Biochemistry in the Spring of 2021. Throughout his undergraduate career, he researched in Dr. Tammy Dwyer’s lab focusing on determining a DNA structure with novel nucleic acids via 2D NMR analysis. He then worked to determine and assess whether these structures resemble a normal DNA structural phenotype. After graduating, he then returned home to Colorado and joined Aaron Johnson’s lab as a Professional Research Assistant at CU Anschutz. There his research focused on developing a novel dinucleosome complex with isotopically labeled lysine and arginine residues in one nucleosome. The goal of this research was to analyze binding interactions that occur between the constructed dinucleosome complex and the silent information regulator (SIR) protein that is found in all eukaryotes, and specifically is found in the silent mating cassette and telomeric regions in yeast. After working in laboratories that focused heavily on molecular biology and biochemistry, he wanted to transition his research toward applications that have immediate translational relevance. He now is working to elucidate the mechanism of action of the ubiquitous environmental toxicant known as PFAS (per/polyfluoroalkylated substances) that are associated with a wide array of disease pathologies. His research will focus more specifically on how PFAS causes immunotoxicity and metabolic changes in liver tissues and cells in Dr. Rebecca McCullough’s laboratory. In his free time, Jon loves skiing, hiking, biking, and travelling.