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Ethan White

Raised in small-town Texas, Ethan's diverse scientific interests were finally focused on chemistry and cell biology thanks to a truly great high school science teacher. After moving to Los Angeles for graduate school, Ethan's research focused on investigating several novel nanoparticle-based immunotherapies for brain cancer. Through this work, he gained a deep appreciation and a passion for the science that occurs at the interface of immunology, chemistry, and materials science. While in the Esser-Kahn lab, Ethan has focused primarily on quantitative immunology, developing a first-of-its-kind method to quantify the activation threshold of the TLR2/6 pathway. Outside of lab, he enjoys exercising, learning new languages, and volunteering at his local church.

Fun fact: winter is actually Ethan's favorite season. Even after several Chicago winters, he still finds snow exciting. Of course, this exuberant fascination with snow is probably a consequence of his snow-free southern upbringing (and a reflection of how rarely he has to shovel snow). We’ll see how much longer it lasts…



Biological Sciences, Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences (2017)

Advisor: Jacob Berlin

Dissertation: “Applications of Nanoparticles in Cancer Immunotherapy”


Chemistry, Baylor University (2011)



"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit”—Will Durant

Scientific Hero

Michael Faraday

Quantitative Immunology, TLR2/6 Activation Threshold