Jon is originally from Parkersburg, WV. His research career began under the direction of Professor Phillip Persichini at Allegheny College, where he received his B.Sc. in Chemistry in 2005. Afterwards he pursued his Ph.D. under the supervision of Tomas Hudlicky at Brock University - St. Catharines, ON. There his work included the total synthesis of various Amaryllidaceae alkaloids, opioids, and cyclictols. After completing his Ph.D. in 2010 he took up a postdoctoral appointment at the Laboratory of Chemical Biotechnology - TU Dortmund, Germany under the direction of Prof. Dr. Andreas Schmid and PD Dr. Bruno Bühler. There he investigated applications of biphasic whole-cell biotransformations and their downstream processing using supercritical carbon dioxide. Jon returned to the States as a Visiting Assistant Professor and Principle Investigator at Amherst College in 2012 where he began his independent career. In August of 2015 he headed West to Walla Walla, WA to join the faculty of Whitman College as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.