department of human genetics
evolutionary genetics & cell biology
Stephen is from New Rochelle, NY, in the northern suburbs of New York City. He moved to Washington D.C. to attend George Washington University for undergrad, majoring in International Affairs. Switching focus after undergrad, he completed a Masters degree at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. At Hopkins, he worked in the lab of Diane Griffin, studying neuronal innate immune responses to Sindbis virus infection.
Subsequently, he joined Susan Weiss’s lab at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for his PhD work. At Penn Stephen developed a biosafety level-3 program to study interactions between MERS coronavirus and innate immune responses. In the Elde lab, Stephen is working to understand the origin and evolution of viral genes that have been captured from diverse cellular sources, with a focus on large DNA viruses.
Outside the lab Stephen spends as much time as he can in the mountains running, hiking, and skiing.