Originally from Spokane, WA, Dan graduated from Williams College in 2007 with a B.A. in Chemistry and English. In 2013, he obtained his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from Caltech under the guidance of Prof. Jonas Peters. His thesis focused on employing metal–acceptor interactions to transform inert small molecules such as N2 and CO into reduced products. For his postdoctoral work, he joined the laboratory of Prof. R. David Britt at the University of California – Davis where he used EPR spectroscopy to address mechanistic questions in bioinorganic chemistry, with a particular emphasis on the biosynthesis of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase active site. In 2017 he joined MIT’s Department of Chemistry as an Assistant Professor.