Max Fairlamb is a 2017-2021 Self Graduate Fellow pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Kansas Medical Center. He received a B.S. (2014) in molecular biosciences from the University of Kansas. Although he began his college career as a computer animation major, he quickly discovered a passion for science that could not be ignored. He was captivated by how the relatively tangible principles of chemistry and physics can coalesce to orchestrate the immense complexity of biology. He currently works in a structural biology lab studying DNA damage and repair, which parallels his former interests in computer animation. Finally, he is an enthusiastic teacher and orchestrates interactive science tours for high school and undergraduate students in the hopes that some may identify an unrealized passion for science as he once did.
Mentor: Bret D. Freudenthal, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology