University of Maine, BS, Biochemistry, 1985
University of Maine, PhD, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 1991
Dan received his B.S. in Biochemistry (1986) and Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1991) from the University of Maine at Orono. As a post-doctoral fellow at Texas A&M University he studied the role of transcriptional control in the development of chloroplasts. At the University of Colorado in Boulder, he investigated the molecular organization of the plant Golgi apparatus.
Making a shift to industry in 1994, Dan moved to STA Laboratories, Inc. in Longmont, Colorado where he developed a program using PCR-based methods for the detection of seed-borne pathogens in vegetable crops. This program was expanded to include molecular techniques for hybrid seed quality, detection of genetically-modified crops, and applications in plant breeding, and identification of plant varietals. In 2007, he left the world of agriculture to build and manage a genotyping facility in Aurora, CO for Sciona, Inc. As the first company to offer direct-to-consumer genetic testing, Sciona maintained a CLIA accredited laboratory to process all clinical samples using Illumina’s Veracode technology and RT-PCR methods.
Recently, Dan joined the staff at the Integrated Center for Genes, Environment, and Health at National Jewish Health in 2010 as a Senior Scientist. His expertise in genotyping, microarrays, DNA sequencing, and high-throughput liquid handling laboratory robotics helps to make these cutting-edge technologies accessible to the National Jewish Health and University of Colorado Denver Research community and collaborators at research institutions in the Denver metropolitan area.