Stephen was born and raised in Corvallis, Oregon, USA. In 2016, he moved to Kingston to complete a five-year combined honours BSc-MSc program at Queen’s University. While in his 2nd year of undergraduate training, he joined the Koti Lab as a research associate and continued to complete 4th-year research thesis . In his combined MSc project, he aims to investigate the mechanisms underlying Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) and cytosolic innate sensing pathway activating immunotherapies in the treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC).

“Outside of Koti Lab, I am the current co-president of Queen’s Awareness of Bladder Cancer Club, and an active member of Queen’s First Aid, a 24/7 on-call campus emergency response team.”