Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Staff Q&A: David Murray, Research Technician, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

David Murray

David Murray is a research technician in the lab of Ali Shilatifard, PhD, in Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. He works closely with members of the lab to perform experiments and troubleshoot new technologies and techniques.

Where are you originally from? 

I originally hail from the small town of Grandview, outside of Columbus, Ohio.

What is your educational background?

I attended University of South Carolina and received my undergraduate degree in marine science. I continued my education at the College of Charleston, where I completed my graduate work in marine biology.

Please tell us about your professional background.

While in South Carolina, I was working for the Department of Natural Resources, studying population genetics of fish off the Southeast coast. In 2013 I moved to Chicago and started working at Loyola University, doing research on T-cell receptor gene-modified T-cells. This work led me to pursue my current position in a molecular genetics lab. 

Why did you choose to work at Northwestern?

I love Chicago and Northwestern is one of the top research institutions in this city. After discussions with colleagues about the culture of Northwestern, I knew this would be a place that would help me excel as a scientist and challenge me professionally.

How do you help scientists and/ or research students at the medical school? 

My role is to give those who are conducting research an extra set of hands to perform experiments and troubleshoot new techniques and technologies. Northwestern is highly competitive with universities and institutions globally and it is my goal to help my colleagues perform their research quickly and effectively to maintain that competitive edge.

What is your favorite part of the job?

I have always enjoyed meeting new people and this lab is a phenomenal group. There are scientists from all corners of the world, with many unique personalities, and all brilliant minds. It has truly been a pleasure working with these wonderful people.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I enjoy being on the water, playing the ukulele and spending time with my dog, Jaxson.