Student Profiles

Name: Duehr, Jim
Year you started at ISMMS: 2014
Program: PhD      MTA: MIC


Why you chose ISMMS?

The Microbiology department here at Sinai is unparalleled in terms of its access to elite research. The funding will never be a problem, and the research done is all of an interesting character to me. I truly felt I had a connection

Lab: Florian Krammer


My research focuses on three main areas. The first project involves developing broadly cross-reactive anti-Ebola virus antibodies for use in therapeutic, diagnostic, and research applications. The second project involves investigating the character and maturation of Hantavirus GnGc spike complexes. The third is investigating the nature of pathogenicity of Zika virus under the pressure of previous infections from other antigenically similar viruses.

Undergrad institution and major: University of Chicago, Biological Sciences

What did you do between college and grad school?

Well, in terms of employment and “official” timelines, I came straight through! I graduated from UChicago in the spring of 2014, packed up everything I owned, and put it in a storage locker. I then took the bare essentials required to survive, packed them into my Jeep, and set off on a personal solo road trip across the Untied States, from Chicago to Boston to Texas to California to Washington to British Columbia to Ontario to Chicago to New York. I camped in over a dozen national parks, hiked over a 100 miles, read 23 books, and spent a lot of time eating jerky. It was pretty great. I think setting off on grand odysseys like this (especially alone) is something everyone should do. You really get to know yourself.

What do you like to do outside of school?

I’m an avid film buff, and host a weekly movie night in my apartment where we watch movies ranging from classics like Rear Window to modern gems like Arrival. I’m especially fond of horror movies and survival horror video games like Silent Hill, Resident Evil, Fatal Frame, and The Last of Us. I also enjoy competing in competitive lockpicking and crossword puzzle competitions, and I think I’m getting pretty good at it! My favorite activity, though, is camping and backpacking, and the outdoor photography that comes with it.

What is your favorite quote? “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”-Douglas Adams

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