Christopher Carmean graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University Cum Laude with a B.S. in biochemistry and membership in the Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Chris worked as a research assistant at Yale University in Dr. Gerald Shulman’s laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Gary Cline. There, he provided technical assistance for a variety of diabetes-focused investigations and also learned advanced biochemical techniques and research methods. Christopher left his position at Yale to join Dr. Matthew Brady’s laboratory in the University of Chicago’s Pre-doctoral Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition program. During his first year, he was awarded an honorable mention from the NSF graduate research fellowship program for a research proposal that would later become the foundation of his thesis proposal. Christopher’s passion for science, education, and outreach led him to organize a partnership between the University of Chicago and Chicago Public School, Altgeld Elementary, culminating in an annual Science Day, where a select group of 7th and 8th grade students visit the University to participate in a series of graduate student-led scientific demonstrations. This program is now in its second year, and may lead to the formation of an officially recognized student group to obtain regular University based funding. His current work in the Brady lab focuses on unexplained phenomena in fat tissue during the transition from fasting to re-feeding. Christopher is the 2012 Recipient of the Kovler Leadership Board Studentship.