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Breanna Zerfas, PhD

Center for Protein Degradation

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Breanna Zerfas is currently a scientist in the Biochemistry group at the Center for Protein Degradation in the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She received her PhD in chemical biology from Boston College in 2017, working with Prof. Jianmin Gao on the design and synthesis of unnatural peptide antibiotics. From there, Breanna moved to the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at Purdue University as a post-doc with Prof. Darci Trader. While at Purdue, her research focused on the screening and development of fluorescence-based probes selective for various isoforms of the proteasome to be used in live cells. Breanna recently returned to Boston to work at the Center for Protein Degradation, where she focuses on new assay development.

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