Raised in small-town Texas, Ethan rode west to California after completing his undergraduate studies in 2011 at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In graduate school at Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope in Duarte, California, his research focused on investigating several novel, nanoparticle-based immunotherapies for brain cancer. He received his PhD in 2017. Through this work, Ethan gained a deep appreciation and a passion for the science that occurs at the interface of immunology, chemistry, and nanomedicine. He looks forward to pursuing this scientific passion during his time in the Esser-Kahn group and beyond.
Ethan's scientific hero is Michael Faraday. His top quote is, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit,” from Will Durant.
Ethan's research focuses on immune programming.