Steve was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA before going to UC Santa Barbara to get his BA in Microbiology. He married his wife Kirstin after graduation and went on to get his Ph.D. at Vanderbilt University in Nashville TN. Steve left science after getting his degree and started an online auction house specializing in sports collectibles which he ran for 13 years. He got back into science in 2011 here at CWI, adjuncting for the Biology Department in Microbiology and Cell Biology and does not plan to ever leave. He has four children (Brittany (27), Lucy (16), Grace (14) and Evan (11)) and one grandchild (Charlotte (1)).