Yakov Pechersky is involved with simulation studies of biological systems. He holds an A.B. in chemical and physical biology with a minor in Jewish studies from Harvard University. As an undergraduate in Professor Emily Balskus’s lab, Yakov characterized enzymes in the biosynthetic gene cluster for cremeomycin and developed an algorithm to discover and predict bioactivity of cryptic natural products in bacterial genomes. Prior to joining DESRES, Yakov worked as an Organism Engineer and Designer at Ginkgo Bioworks in Boston, where, among other projects, he engineered yeast and bacteria to produce flavors, fragrances, and nutraceuticals, and developed a new protein alignment algorithm. In his free time, he enjoys urban travel, playing Klezmer clarinet, and seeing museum exhibitions and theater performances.