Jake obtained his bachelor's degree from UIUC (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering), a PhD in Biological Engineering from MIT, and is also the cofounder of Strand Therapeutics. He has won numerous awards including being named a Goldwater Scholar and an Amgen fellow. He is a co-inventor of RNA-encoded genetic circuits at MIT. While his thesis research focuses around RNA synthetic gene circuits for use in therapies such as vaccines, his broader interests encapsulate business leadership and development. In addition to strict scientific research, Jake has also been involved in the MIT Biotech Group, exploring biotech startups and building programs to help increase young founder-led biotech entrepreneurship. He has been active in the MIT Science Policy Initiative, serving as a member and coordinator for multiple science advocacy trips to DC. Jake previously was a consultant for a number of Boston Biotech VCs.