The master of relaxation. Wine collector, beer brewer, aspiring chef, world traveler. Husband, father, and scientist.
I’m a South Jersey guy, who fell in love with science at the age of 5. One of my first boyhood interests focused exclusively on reptiles, snakes, to be specific. I became a great snake collector at the age of 6, filling up terrarium after terrarium with my latest catches (much to my mother’s chagrin). By the age of 9, I was sure I would become a herpetologist when I grew up. (Spoiler alert: I didn’t.) Still, I probably caught and cataloged almost every indigenous snake species in NJ before reaching high school.
When it came time for me to take science more seriously, I pursued degrees in general biology and pharmacology, which ultimately landed me a career in drug discovery and development within the pharmaceutical industry. Through my scientific training, I worked my way out of the state and through Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Sweden, before coming full circle back to New Jersey. Over the last 20 years, I have spent my professional career discovering drugs to treat rare metabolic diseases, and diseases of the central nervous system. During this time, I also was fortunate enough to travel around the world on business, exploring such places as Australia, Thailand, Japan, China, Turkey, Brazil, and most of Europe and North America. During these travels, I’d always set aside time to seek out unique and interesting tastes, in both food and drinks, which became a slow-building passion. A passion that would one day find a new home in ALTRU.
My family and I currently have two rescue cats, Toby and Angel. These two felines keep things interesting around the house 24/7. Alas, our furry friends have replaced the scaly ones of my youth, and I think most others are very pleased with this development.