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Jon Russell received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University and his B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale College. During his Ph.D, Jon studied the origins of noise in cell-fate decision making by the bacterium Bacillus subtilis. He was generously supported as a Hertz Fellow in the lab of Dr. Rich Losick. As an undergraduate, Jon characterized fungi isolated from tropical plant samples for their ability to degrade synthetic polymers. As part of the research team at IDM, Jon is interested in using bioinformatic and biometric datasets to model disease transmission among asymptomatic populations.