Originally from Birmingham, MI, Steve graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. degree in Materials Science and Engineering and a M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering. He participated in research at Michigan and in industry for Corning Inc. and Johnson & Johnson. His research experience has involved materials engineering and molecular imaging with applications to photonics, biosensors, and hip arthroplasty. He has co-authored three articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and is listed as a co-inventor on three pending US patents. Steve is currently pursuing MD and PhD degrees through UCLA’s Medical Scientist Training Program. His PhD will merge his interests in biomaterials and nanoscience, which he plans to combine with a clinical career in pediatrics.