Dean graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2016 with a B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering. As an undergraduate, Dean performed research developing high-throughput tools for cartilage tissue engineering in the lab of Dr. Harihara Baskaran. After graduation, he worked on pre-clinical drug development for osteoarthritis at Merrimack Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, MA, where he was successfully bitten by the biomedical research bug. He matriculated at the Molecular Medicine PhD program at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University, where he joined the Scacheri lab in Spring of 2018. Dean is interested in the role transcription factors play in mediating osteosarcoma metastasis. When not in the lab, he likes to bike (slower than Pete), bake, and try all the different restaurants around Cleveland.