Kevin Eduard Hauser was born in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida to Elaine and John Hauser. His mother was born in Curitiba, Brasil. His upbringing in South Florida was spiced with his mother's international friends - from Ghana to Turkey - and his father's appreciation of martial arts - John is a second degree black belt in Shotokan Karate, having studied under Hidetaka Nishiyama in California.

Kevin at four with Grandmother Schiefer

 

 

 

 

 

 

He grew up in Riviera Beach, Florida. His father has owned and operated Elite Paint and Body since 1983, the family business where Kevin spent the majority of his youth. Growing up around the chemicals used to prep and paint cars inspired his curiosity for chemistry, even as a young boy. Combined with his proclivity for mathematics, he day dreamed about how to understand the patterns that drive chemicals, which are so similar, to look so different.

Elite Paint and Body, Riviera Beach, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 1999, Kevin entered Suncoast High School in Riviera Beach (9th in USA) as an International Baccalaureate (IB) student, a unique place for learning. Suncoast is a public "magnet" school. Essentially all IB teachers at Suncoast were PhDs, retired professors, teaching at Suncoast because they enjoyed it. Kevin flourished and earned his IB diploma in 2002.

Suncoast

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2002, Kevin entered the Chemistry Department at The University of Florida as an undergraduate student. Kevin was involved in several programs of service at UF. In 2006 Kevin took time from school for personal reasons. In 2007, Kevin joined the laboratory of Professor Adrian Roitberg at the Quantum Theory Project, where he met his PhD adviser Professor Carlos Simmerling. After graduating from UF, Kevin returned home to Riviera Beach to help with the family business during the economic recession. During the summer of 2009, before entering graduate school, Kevin returned to the Quantum Theory Project to gain experience in electronic structure theory under the direction of Professor Rodney J. Bartlett.

 

Professor Adrian Roitberg, QTP at UF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2009, Kevin joined the Chemistry Department at Stony Brook University, New York, as a graduate student and National Science Foundation LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow. Upon entering the program, Kevin joined the laboratory of Professor Carlos Simmerling and began his research training. While developing a completely novel project and a new collaboration between Simmerling and Professor Miguel Garcia-Diaz of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences, Kevin went on to secure a second fellowship. During Kevin's National Institutes of Health Chemical Biology Interface Training Program (CBTP T32) fellowship, Kevin's research yielded exciting new science understanding how proteins bind and recognize DNA and how a human transcription factor functions with mitochondrial DNA.

The Simmerling Lab 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In 2013, Kevin secured a NIH National Research Service Award (Ruth L. Kirschstein F31) fellowship, worth over $160,000 USD, to continue his research on protein DNA interactions and function.

 

 Kevin!