Steve Caplan received his PhD from the Lautenberg Center for Tumor and General Immunology at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel, in 1998. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow between 1998 and 2003 at the National Institutes of Health, before accepting a faculty position in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska in 2003. Dr. Caplan is currently a Professor and Vice Chair for Administration, and serves as the Director of the UNMC Advanced Microscopy Core Facility, as well as the Research Institute-Program Coordinator for the Nebraska INBRE Program, an NIH-funded program designed to improve the research infrastructure for the state of Nebraska and to encourage and promote undergraduate science research. Dr. Caplan has received multiple awards, including Outstanding Faculty Mentor of Graduate Students, UNMC Distinguished Scientist and the Thomas Maciag award for mentorship and research. Dr. Caplan is the author of about 100 published manuscripts, as well as 4 novels of fiction that deal with the lives of scientists, and has written a series of articles for newspapers such as The Guardian in the UK.