Ian Gans, who graduated in 2015 with a BS in Biology, recently published the first-authored paper, "Kfl9 is a key feedforward regulator of the transcriptomic response to glucocorticoid receptor activity," in the journal Scientific Reports. Ian is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Maine, with an affiliation at the Mt. Desert Island Biological Laboratory. His research focuses on understanding effects of stress hormones on early development. Ian attributes his success in graduate school in part to his USM faculty mentors, Dr. Dave Champlin and Dr. Ken Weber.