Doctoral Program in Cancer Biology
University of Michigan
Erik is a rising third-year graduate student in the Doctoral Program in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he works in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Wahl. Erik earned his B.S. and M.S. at Northern Michigan University, where he studied protein-protein interactions at the surface of glioblastoma (GBM) tumors in the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center (UMBTC), and he previously worked at Van Andel Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Patrick Grohar. Currently, Erik is working to identify metabolic changes that facilitate radiation resistance in H3K27M-expressing diffuse midline gliomas (DMG). In particular, he is interested in how metabolic changes induced by the expression of the H3K27M mutation influence radiation resistance in these tumors, and is utilizing metabolomics, metabolism-specific CRISPR/Cas9 screening, and stable isotope tracing in combination with radiation treatment to answer these questions.