James Wepy

James Wepy

Graduate Student

I was born in Staten Island, NY and grew up in the various boroughs of New York City. In 2009, I moved east into Long Island to attend Hofstra University for my undergraduate education. Here I studied chemistry under Dr. Sabrina Sobel, specifically investigating redox chemistry in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction: an oscillatory model for heart and bacterial cell signaling. I graduated from Hofstra with a B.S. in Chemistry in May, 2013.

I promptly began my graduate education at Vanderbilt University in August of 2013, where I aim to attain a Ph.D. in Chemistry. In March of 2014, I joined Dr. Marnett’s lab and began investigating lysophospholipase A2 (LYPLA2), a cytosolic hydrolase enzyme whose biological activity has not been fully characterized. Using differential lipidomic techniques, I hope to identify the natural substrates and products of LYPLA2. When I am not in lab, I enjoy cooking and playing video games.

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