• Alumni Profiles

    Jeff Fineberg

    Graduated: 2000
    Jeff & Anne
    "The greatest lesson I learned at Politz is how to maintain a life of Jewish practice and values beyond the classroom, without the shelter of a religious institution.  Politz has instilled in me practical Jewish values, as well as tolerance and respect of people of other faiths and upbringing preparing me for life in the real world, both in my professional endeavors and as I plan to build my own Jewish home."
    Started in Politz: 1988
    Schools attended since leaving Politz:
    High school:
    Attended MAYHS 2000-2002, (won school National Science Olympiad competition).
    Graduated from HAFTR High school in 2004, (received Judaic Studies award).

    Graduated from The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University in 2008 (BS in Applied Mathematics).

    Graduate school:
    Began doctoral program at Jefferson College of Graduate Studies, Thomas Jefferson University in 2008 (awarded a first-year fellowship).
    Jeff is currently working on his Ph.D. in Physiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.  The theme of his research is inactivation mechanisms of voltage-gated potassium channels in the central nervous system.  Most recently, Jeff had an abstract and poster presentation accepted to the 2010 Biophysical Society meeting, taking place this February in San Francisco, CA.  He investigated the functional effects of mRNA editing at four loci on the EAG gene, the Drosophila melanogaster analog of a gene coding for a voltage-gated potassium channel in the nervous system.  Jeff applied statistical mechanics to uncover the single channel activity from macroscopic data from voltage-clamp experiments on the wild-type gene as well as mutations of the RNA-edited residues.

    In addition to his recent achievements in academia, Jeff is recently engaged.  He and his fiancee, Anna Murray (Columbia 2010), are planning a wedding for June, 2010.  The couple met at Columbia and Anna plans to attend graduate school in Philadelphia for clinical psychology, beginning in the fall of 2010.  Jeff is still in contact with all of his classmates from the class of 2000, Politz's first graduating class.
Last Modified on January 5, 2010