2013 Career Mentors (A-C)
Dr. Bewley is a tenured PI and Chief of the Natural Products Chemistry Section, Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry, NIDDK. She received a Ph.D. in Oceanography (Marine Natural Products) from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, and was a Cancer Research Institute postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory of Chemical Physics at the NIH. She has been on the faculty of the Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry since 2000. Her research interests include discovery and mechanistic studies of bioactive marine natural products, protein-carbohydrate recognition and the structural basis of viral entry.
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
“The best advice I’ve ever received is that sometimes the best thing that you can do is walk away from frustration in research and come back to it later with fresh eyes.”
Erin E. Carlson received her B.A. at St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN) in 2000. She went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry in 2005 under the direction of Professor Laura L. Kiessling. Subsequently, Dr. Carlson pursued studies at The Scripps Research Institute with Professor Benjamin F. Cravatt. In 2008, Dr. Carlson joined the faculty at Indiana University.
Her research program focuses on the development and application of new technologies to explore the mechanisms of bacterial growth and pathogenesis and identify potential therapeutic agents. To accomplish these goals, her lab works at the interface of chemistry and biology using techniques ranging from organic synthesis and microscopy to mass spectrometry-based systems biology methods.
“Part of the excitement of working for a start-up is no two days are the same. But that’s also the challenge. Be ready to make a 90° turn at a moment’s notice”
Adam Chervin joined ImmuVen when operations began in August 2009 and has served as a Principle Scientist since that time. Dr. Chervin oversees ImmuVen’s research efforts, including internal discovery as well as managing partnerships, collaborations and contract research work. Prior to joining ImmuVen, Dr. Chervin earned his PhD and continued as a post-doctoral fellow in the biochemistry lab of Dr. David Kranz (founder of ImmuVen) where he investigated the role of T cell receptor:peptide MHC affinity in the activation of T cells as it relates to the improvement of adoptive T cell therapy.
Associate Research Scientist
Dr. Cicchillo received both a BS in biology and MS in organic chemistry from Youngstown State University. He then moved on to obtain a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State University in the laboratory of Squire J. Booker where he studied the mechanistic enzymology of lipoyl synthase, a member of the “Radical SAM” family of enzymes. His post-doctoral work in the van der Donk laboratory (UIUC) focused on understanding the mechanism by which natural product phosphonates are biosynthesized, including fosfomycin and phosphinothricin tripeptide (PTT). He currently holds a position as an associate research scientist at Dow AgroSciences where he works on novel enzymes and their utility in agricultural chemistry.