They know their way around a science lab but they’re just as comfortable on a stage.
Meet pH Six, a rock band of science professors and students who can sing, shred, tickle the ivories and pound the skins with as much ease as they can carry out the scientific method.
The group is made up of students Mikel Ghelfi (piano) and Lee Belding (bass), both chemistry graduate students, Michelle Przedborski (lead vocals), who is doing her master’s in physics, Jeff Reiger (guitar), a chemistry undergrad, and Costa Metallinos (drums), chair of the Department of Chemistry, and Tomas Hudlicky (lead guitar), a Canada Research Chair in biocatalysis. Recently, pH Six rocked out in Jubilee Court as part of a series of faculty and staff summer musical performances during the farmers market on Fridays.
It’s not the first band Hudlicky and Metallinos have played in together. The duo has jammed with other students since 2004.
But most in the group began exploring their musical abilities long before stepping foot in a science lab or teaming up on stage. Some of them are even self-taught musicians and play more than one instrument.