Your Hosts

Jane Cullis, PhD


Jane Cullis is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi in the Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology department at NYU. She has a BSc in Biochemistry from McGill University and PhD in Medical Biophysics from the University of Toronto. Jane’s research focuses on lipid metabolism in pancreatic cancer, with specific interest on how altered lipid utilization by tumor cells affects immune cells in the tumor microenvironment. When she isn’t at the lab, Jane pairs her cytology with a cider and her metaphysics with a martini. Jane is known for thinking up her experimental designs over such bar banter or during her long meditative runs down the East river. If she wasn’t a scientist, she’d be a punmaster and a fisherman. 

Emily Vucic, PhD


Emily Vucic is a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi’s lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology at NYU. Her current research focuses on understanding how pancreatic tumors evolve, and how tumor cells communicate with each other and other cells in their environment. She received her BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics and her PhD in Cancer Genetics from the Department of Pathology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada under the supervision of Dr. Wan Lam. Emily’s pub-themed science outreach ambitions are inspired by Wan’s famous "symposiums" and the success of such EXACT events in places like Louisville, Kentucky (thanks Levi!).

Zach Mack


Zach Mack is the owner of Alphabet City Beer Co., a craft beer store and beer bar in Manhattan’s East Village that opened in 2012, and Governors Island Beer Co., a seasonal beer garden in New York City located (surprise) on Governors Island. He is a contributing writer to Thrillist, where he covers food and beverage, travel, and New York City interests, and has had his writing appear in myriad publications including GQ and Forbes. A graduate of McGill University, he has always appreciated a healthy discourse between the curious and the informed, and strongly believes that most of the world’s problems could be solved over beers. He is helplessly addicted to ramen, puns, and portmanteaus.

Bryce Janssens


Bryce Janssens is a composer and audio engineer. He is a college dropout with a penchant for incorporating Doors lyrics into most conversations. His interests outside of contemplating the space time continuum include motorsports, boxing, baking, amateur cartography, photography, crushing a few cool brews and waggin' the ol' jaw with friends old and new.