We are excited to announce that this Fall Ian Sicher joined the Lab as a PhD student. Check out the short interview below to learn more about Ian’s research experience and diverse interests.
What is your training/research background?
My career has been shaped by a diverse range of experiences within the biomedical field. I pursued dual majors in Cellular Biology and Microbiology at California Polytechnic State University, engaging in various research endeavors spanning from wastewater treatment to cancer prevention. However, my primary focus was in Dr. Elena Keeling’s lab, where I delved into the study of algal biofuel lysis. Additionally, during my undergraduate years, I had the privilege of interning at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Dr. Karla Satchell’s lab, where I was introduced to the world of recombinant protein research. Following graduation, I embarked on a journey to pursue my M.Eng. at UC Berkeley under the mentorship of Dr. Kevin Healy, specializing in the design of model microfluidic systems for researching the applications of biopolymers in stem cell-based therapies. Since earning my Master’s degree in 2018, I have immersed myself in the biotechnology industry, beginning as a Process Development Associate at Sangamo Therapeutics. Here, I focused on researching and scaling the rAAV manufacturing process. In 2019, I found my professional home at CellFE, an early-stage biotech startup. Within this dynamic environment, I honed my skills in developing microfluidics for cellular transfection, ultimately assuming the role of Technical Project Manager. In this capacity, I led and managed external relationships with pharmaceutical and academic partners, while also spearheading internal technical initiatives to meet their specific needs.
Why did you choose to join the Quiroz Lab at GT/Emory BME?
My research endeavors are fundamentally driven by a desire to bridge the gap between cutting-edge scientific exploration and real-world technological impact. My goal is to leverage intriguing and innovative systems to catalyze the development of more effective medical therapies. The Quiroz lab captivated my interest due to the immense potential of biomolecular condensates as a versatile and powerful platform for crafting designer circuits for gene and protein regulation. Collaborating with Dr. Quiroz, I am eager to acquire the expertise needed to delve into this area of interest, and to generate fresh, creative applications of condensate research.
When you are not doing research, what do you like to do?
Exploring and subsequently losing interest in new hobbies is my favorite hobby. However, from these endeavors grew a set of cherished pastimes, ranging from reading and weightlifting to baking and indulging in video games. However, my two absolute favorite pursuits outside of research involve spending quality time with my puggle, Marty, and embarking on journeys, both short and long, to hike and discover new destinations. Some of my favorite trips include exploring the vibrant streets of Istanbul, Turkey, and venturing through the breathtaking landscapes of Torres Del Paine in Patagonia.
|Ian Sicher, MEng
Wallace H. Coulter Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University