Eric was an undergraduate at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, where he majored in Journalism and Communications. Go Gators! Afterward, he moved to New York City to work for magazines like Parents and Gourmet as well as attend culinary school in the evening. Unfulfilled, Eric went soul searching and found himself living in a mud hut in Zambia for three months. There he witnessed the devastation of HIV first hand, realized his passion for biology, and decided to return to pursue graduate work in virology. Eric received his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the laboratory of Valery Grdzelishvili, where he studied the use of VSV as an oncolytic virus against pancreatic cancer, focusing on mechanisms involved in resistance to virus therapy. When Eric is not in the lab you can find him teaching at the local community college or in his home lab (kitchen) testing recipes or practicing other hobbies like birding, photography, or glass working. If he’s not at home, Eric is probably out to sea on his sailboat, Pier Reviewed.