I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana and earned my BS in Biology and BA in Philosophy from Purdue University. I then joined the combined physician scientist program at Indiana University School of Medicine where I graduated with a PhD and MD in 2010. My PhD work was done in Dr. Hal Broxmeyer’s lab and focused on the role of a novel GTPase Rheb2 in mouse hematopoiesis. After medical school, I matched here at UCSF in the Internal Medicine residency and then stayed for Hematology & Oncology fellowship. I joined Dr. Passegué’s lab in January 2014. My long-term goals are to establish an independent lab and treat patients with hematologic malignancies, which is my clinical focus. My focus in the lab will be primarily to work on human samples and translating prior established work in mouse models on the role of the leukemic stem cell in manipulating the bone marrow niche. My wife, Virginia, and I live in San Francisco and have one son, Scott. In our spare time, we enjoy sports, hiking and exploring California.