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  • Giovanni Forcina

    Giovanni Forcina

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology

    BioGiovanni grew up in Naples, Florida. He received his B.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University. He performed undergraduate research under the supervision of Prof. Scott Strobel at Yale and Dr. Kirk Gustafson in the Molecular Targets Lab at the National Cancer Institute. In these pursuits, Giovanni isolated and characterized a novel fungal genus from the Ecuadorian rainforest and elucidated the structure of two novel antimicrobial compounds the fungus produces. After graduation, he spent two years as a research assistant with Prof. Scott Dixon at Stanford. There, he developed a method to precisely quantify cell death over time, called STACK. As a graduate student, Giovanni was jointly advised between Prof. Carolyn Bertozzi and Prof. Scott Dixon where he studied misregulated cell death in the ultrarare disease Ngly1 deficiency. His work showed that the unusual transcription factor NFE2L1 is regulated by Ngly1 to potently inhibit a cell death pathway termed ferroptosis. Outside of lab, Giovanni is passionate about teaching, promoting equity in STEM, and how science can be used to better inform policy decisions.

  • Jenna Forsyth

    Jenna Forsyth

    Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology

    BioJenna is a postdoctoral fellow with the Woods Institute for the Environment. She completed her PhD with the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources and obtained her Master's in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Washington. Her research brings together principles of environmental science, epidemiology, and behavior change. She hopes to develop and evaluate interventions to minimize exposures to contaminants and disease vectors in low-income countries. Her most recent research on lead contamination in food has brought her to Bangladesh.