Ian graduated with a B.S in Biology from Carnegie Mellon University in 2012. He performed his undergraduate research in breast cancer biology at the University of Pittsburgh studying the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on tumor growth. After graduating from CMU he studied the transcription elongation factor ELL2 in the context of plasma cell development under Dr. Christine Milcarek at the University of Pittsburgh. After two years Ian was accepted into the BSTP program at Case Western and joined the Scacheri lab in December 2014. He currently studies changes in 3D chromatin architecture in the context of diseases, particularly in osteosarcoma and colon cancer. Outside of lab, Ian enjoys a wide range of intramural sports including soccer, softball, and flag football. He also indulges his technophile urges by keeping up with the latest and greatest gadgets and has already upgraded half of the labs computers.
Stevephen graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Bioengineering in 2011. He credits his early interest in research to formative summer internships in the laboratories of Dr. Donald Rau (NIH), and Dr. Carl Simon Jr. (NIST), which allowed him to explore the fields of biophysics and tissue engineering, respectively. After college he developed his interest in genomics working as a post-bac in Dr. Henry Levin’s lab (NIH), where he screened for genes important in heterochromatin formation using a DNA transposon to create mutations in the yeast genome. Stevephen joined the CWRU MSTP in 2013, and has been a member of the Scacheri lab since 2015. Working with others in the lab, he is currently investigating the effect of common somatic mutations in enhancers on the development of colorectal cancer. In his free time, Stevephen likes to listen to music, watch TV, read, and play basketball.