Zac’s home was originally in Summerland, British Columbia, Canada. He acquired a B.S. in Biology from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) in 2007, where he also earned his Ph.D. in 2010. At UTEP, Zac studied the structures of ATP-utilizing macromolecular protein complexes under the tutelage of Dr. Ricardo Bernal. His work in the Ross Lab focuses on characterizing the neoplastic roles of the oncogenic BCR-ABL gene fusion in a conditional knock-in mouse model.