Jarrod French is an assistant professor with a joint appointment in the Departments of Chemistry and Biochemistry & Cell Biology at Stony Brook University. Jarrod was born in Niagara Falls, Canada and completed his BSc in Chemistry and Biology at Brock University where he spent time conducting undergraduate research in computational and organic chemistry. For his graduate studies, he joined a newly created tri-institutional chemical biology program offered jointly between Cornell University, Rockefeller University and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Jarrod spent two years in New York City, under the direction of Anthony Sauve, investigating the mechanistic enzymology of Sirtuins and related proteins. He then moved upstate to complete his PhD training in the laboratory of Steven Ealick. There, he spent the majority of his time investigating the structure and function of proteins involved in purine metabolism using X-ray crystallography and related biophysical methods. After earning his PhD, Jarrod went on to become a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellow at The Pennsylvania State University in the laboratory of Stephen Benkovic. During his three years in this lab, he used an integrative, cross-disciplinary approach to investigate a newly discovered protein complex called the purinosome. Jarrod began his independent academic career at Stony Brook in 2014.