Microbiology Maverick

Ethan Mann | Microbiology Maverick

Dr. Ethan Mann is the Vice President of Sharklet Technologies, Inc., an innovative surface technology company based in Aurora, Colorado. Ethan has a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He trained as a post-doctoral fellow in infectious disease at the Ohio State University. He serves on NIH review panels to evaluate small business innovation research grants. Ethan played Division II College Football at Chadron State College, runs marathons, and is more athletic than he looks! He has four children with his beautiful wife of 14 years, Tracy.

What sparks your curiosity?

Understanding how to solve problems in the world around us to improve human lives.

What was the biggest change or turning point in your life, and why? Tell us a story!

During my doctoral work, I was faced with a challenge to reach independence. While this is the true value of the doctoral degree, few students take advantage of the challenge. My adviser, Dr. Ken Bayles, challenged me to define my career by being able to take on the hardest problems. He asked that I face the biggest hurdles head one and provide solutions independently. Collaboration is important, but only after you’ve offered an independent solution.

Hobbies | Passions | Fun Facts

I’m an under-rated athlete, meaning I’m more athletic than I look! I played division II college football with Danny Woodhead at Chadron State College. I’ve run a marathon and I regularly try to stay active with running and basketball. I’m ultra-competitive, so that fuels my activity.