Erik is a 4th year medical student at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and will be pursuing a full-time research project in the lab this year. He graduated with honors from Northwestern University in 2008 with a BA in Physics. There, he created nano-circuits to study quantum effects in superconductors. Prior to medical school, Erik spent several years working at NorthShore University HealthSystem in the Center for Advanced Imaging where he created novel imaging methods in cardiovascular MRI. Erik’s research interests include bioinformatics, computational modeling, personalized medicine, nanotechnology, and cancer biology. His project this coming year will focus on developing nanotechnology targeting the brain lymphatic system to determine its role in glioma survival and growth. Erik hopes to pursue a career as a physician-scientist and utilize a multidisciplinary approach to translate new therapies and technologies to the clinic.