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Duncan Kountz

Duncan joined the Chemical Biology Ph.D. program in autumn 2017 and the Balskus Lab in winter 2018. In the Balskus Lab, he studies the biochemistry and physiology of novel primary metabolisms found in microorganisms of the mammalian digestive tract, including the transformations of methylated phenolic compounds derived from plant biomass. His broader scientific interests lie in microbial physiology, bioenergetics, metalloenzymes, and the chemistry of metabolism. Outside the lab, he enjoys long walks on the beach, candlelight dinners, and the ironic use of dating profile cliches.

B.S., The Ohio State University, Krzycki Lab