Rick is a graduate of Portland State University and has been part of OHSU and the Portland VA Medical Center since 2011. In that time, he has researched obesity, hemophilia, and DNA repair. His curiosity for disease characterization and prevention led to his current work describing epigenetic changes in breast cancer - the hope being to facilitate early detection and bolster patients' therapeutic response. Rick is a member of the Paul Spellman lab and collaborates extensively within the Knight Cancer Institute's Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR). A longtime Portland resident, Rick roasts his own coffee and complains about traffic.