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Dear Research Community:

Andrew BohmI am delighted to announce Alex “Andrew” Bohm as the new Postdoctoral Officer. He joins us from the Tufts University School of Medicine, where he has served as Associate Professor in the Department of Developmental, Molecular and Cellular Biology since 2003.

Alex Bohm (who goes by his second name, Andrew) grew up in New York and spent part of his childhood in Switzerland.  He received his BS in Biochemistry from SUNY Binghamton and later, moved to U.C. Berkeley for his graduate training.  He completed his Ph.D. in Biophysics with Sung-Hou Kim in 1992.  He remained in his thesis laboratory for two years as a postdoc, and then relocated to Yale, where he lived aboard a sailboat and did additional postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Paul Sigler.  Andrew began his independent academic career at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute in 1997.  He became an adjunct member of the Tufts Biochemistry Department in 1998, and moved his laboratory to the Tufts Boston campus in 2003.  His laboratory is currently based in the Department of Developmental, Molecular, and Chemical Biology at the Tufts University School of Medicine.  His laboratory uses X-ray crystallography in conjunction with a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques to study the structure and function of biological complexes.  Current projects include an effort to better understand the regulation of protein phosphatase 2A by polyomavirus proteins and an effort to streamline the protein engineering of Cre recombinase variants that target DNA sequences within the long terminal repeats of integrated HIV provirus.  Alongside his research, Andrew directs three courses in the Sackler School including the Graduate Biochemistry course taken by most first years.  Andrew has mentored several graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and is very excited about working with the postdoctoral association as their faculty mentor.

I would also like to thank Dan Jay, Dean of Sackler graduate school, who from July 1, 2011 until now served as the first Postdoctoral Officer. Under his leadership and with his support, the Tufts Postdoc Association (PDA) was formed in 2013. During his tenure, he promoted a sense of community through annual social events; created professional development programs for both graduate students and postdoctoral scholars; and encouraged the growth of individual postdocs and the PDA through his mentorship, national meeting participation and institutional support.

Please join me in extending sincerest thanks and appreciation to Dan for his many contributions and in welcoming Andrew as our next Postdoctoral Officer.

All the best,

Simin Nikbin Meydani, DVM, PhD

Vice Provost for Research

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Simin Nikbin Meydani, D.V.M., Ph. D.
Vice Provost for Research, Tufts University
Phone Boston: 617 636-6550
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