Simon was born and raised in America's finest city – San Diego, CA. He ventured slightly north to study chemistry at the University of San Francisco, where he developed nanoparticle-based sensing systems with Prof. Larry Margerum. Simon then worked with Prof. Todd Hyster at Princeton University for his PhD, developing new light-driven asymmetric radical chemistries catalyzed by nicotinamide and flavin-dependent enzymes. Simon likes to keep things radical outside of work as well, enjoying pretty much any activity that involves standing on a board. He also likes music, language study, cooking, and reveling in the fact that he's back in Southern California at last.