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Biotech Without Borders and community biology in NYC

A conversation with Danny Chan

Published onMay 20, 2022
Biotech Without Borders and community biology in NYC

Danny Chan is the President of Biotech Without Borders, a non-profit community biology lab in New York City. Besides trying to defend his time to pursue independent research centered around protocol development for the DIY science community, he enjoys video games, eating new food around the city, watching movies with his partner, and playing table-top RPGs.

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Danny received his MSc in Microbiology during the course of his PhD candidacy at the University of Chicago studying the interaction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) with a model system of organotypic human keratinocytes in an infectious disease-focused department. He has been a research technician for many years in multiple fields including cellulosic ethanol production, protein crystallography, prefrontal cortex development, and heat shock proteins. The common set of skills underlying his practice are molecular biology and scientific inquiry which he aspires to apply to society in order to foster new institutions of research and learning. He worked as a medical editor, fact-checking pharmaceutical ads in an agency.

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Photo: Danny Chan; photo credit: Faraz Toor

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