The PhDudes

We are the PhDudes, three friends from college all pursuing PhDs in different life science fields. Yes, we’re aspiring scientists with a hunger for knowledge about the way the world works, but we also are normal guys who have various hobbies outside of science. Through this website, we hope you’ll get to know us, learn something new, and in the process develop an understanding for what a real scientist does.


 
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Jason Baer

Jason graduated from Eckerd College in 2017 with BS in Marine Biology and a BA in Spanish Language. He has worked on research projects involving environmental toxicology of tropical reef ecosystems, phylogenetic investigation of cnidarian genetic identity, ocean acidification simulation in coral model organisms, chimerism in coral larval stages, and the development of novel techniques for coral nursery practices. He continues this trajectory of marine and coral related research as a Joint PhD candidate (2023) at the University of California San Diego/ San Diego State University in Cell and Molecular Biology. Jason seeks to pursue research projects that will aid in developing successful coral restoration practices and preserve these critical ecosystems in the long term.

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Email - jlbaer@eckerd.edu

 
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Daniel Chapman

Daniel graduated from Eckerd College in 2017 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and did research in megalopi crab development, cardiac developmental stem cell biology, eukaryotic ribosome formation, developmental neurotoxicology of harmful algal bloom toxins, and epigenetics of rice flower development. Now, he is an MD/PhD candidate (2025) at Georgetown University studying neuroscience. In the future he hopes to pursue research projects that seek to both understand how the brain functions normally, but also to understand how pathologies of the brain can arise and how they can be treated.

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Email - dpchapma@eckerd.edu

 
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Blaide Woodburn

Blaide graduated from Eckerd College in 2017 with a B.S. in Molecular Biology. From 2013-2017 he participated in multiple diverse research projects at different institutions across the United States. This included conducting cancer research at Harvard Medical school, investigating the role of oxidative stress in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the Baylor College of Medicine, and culminated with a undergraduate thesis at Eckerd, exploring the role of oxidative stress in Parkinson’s Disease. Blaide is currently a second year PhD student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill where he conducts research on the molecular mechanisms giving rise to NeuroHIV. Outside the lab, Blaide has a passion for evidence-based fitness and nutrition and science communication, creating pro bono fitness and nutrition plans for a diverse set of clients and writing for multiple graduate blogs, including one sponsored by the National Institute of Health.

In the future, Blaide hopes to use his strong foundation across scientific disciplines to work on the interface of science and business as a Life Science Consultant or Medical Science Liaison.

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Email - blaide@email.unc.edu