Dr. Dan Dries came to Juniata College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in January 2013. Dr. Dries earned his bachelor's degree with honors in biochemistry from the University of Delaware in 2000 and his doctorate from the University of California, San Diego in 2007.
It was through the Honors Program at UD that Dr. Dries first began doing research. Dr. Dries worked on organic synthesis in the lab of Dr. Douglass Taber (Chemistry) before moving to Dr. Melinda Duncan's lab (Biology), in which he conducted and wrote his senior thesis on the function of a novel protein, bves. At UC San Diego, Dr. Dries worked in the lab of Dr. Alexandra Newton (Pharmacology), where he used a number of biophysical and biochemical approaches to understand the nature of the interaction of protein kinase C (PKC) with cellular membranes. In 2007, Dr. Dries began a postdoctoral fellowship studying the role of the gamma-secretase complex in neurological disease while in Dr. Gang Yu's lab at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
Dr. Dries maintains an active lab studying both the biochemistry and the physiological role of the gamma-secretase complex in the brain. While at UT Southwestern, Dr. Dries received a Hartwell Biomedical Research Fellowship and a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows. Dr. Dries has published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry and has authored several reviews and one book chapter. Dr. Dries is principally responsible for teaching biochemistry at Juniata College and is an active devotee of problem-based learning. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the Juniata College Undergraduate Affiliate Network (UAN) of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB).
Originally from Southeastern Pennsylvania (Gilbertsville), Dr. Dries enjoys hiking, camping, golfing, ultimate Frisbee, disc golf, football, ice hockey, and anything else that gets him outdoors. Dr. Dries and his wife (a retired professional ballet dancer for City Ballet of San Diego) have one son, Julian, who is equally thrilled with the outdoors.