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John Drazan

4th Family STEM
STEM Director
Philadelphia, PA
Dr. John Drazan is an IRACDA NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania in the Human Motion Lab. At Penn, John seeks to combine his expertise in STEM outreach and biomechanics research to build a community situated biomechanics lab where youth athletes and community members can serve as biomechanics research subjects while being exposed to STEM educational opportunities. This approach promises to enable large scale, prospective studies to understand the development of musculoskeletal pathologies “in the wild” while also diversifying the STEM career pipeline by providing an avenue for research subjects to become the researchers themselves. 
John’s interest in science was sparked by the biomechanics of sports. He studied physics at SUNY Geneseo while also playing varsity basketball for four years. John received his doctorate in biomedical engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2017. While at Rensselaer, he started the 4th Family STEM program. As STEM director, John has developed an award winning STEM outreach program where over 5,000 urban student athletes have been introduced to STEM as a sports training tool. He is the creator of the “Court Science Academy” at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas where youth from the Jr. NBA Program participate in a weeklong sport science camp at the arena. His work in STEM outreach has won several major awards including the “Best Research Paper” at the MIT-Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, the NSF GK12 Fellowship, AAAS Early Career Award for Public Engagement with Science Finalist, and the NIH-IRACDA Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.