Zac graduated from Brigham Young University in 2008 with a degree in Microbiology. As an undergraduate he worked as an intern at the New Hampshire State Public Health Laboratory, and as a research assistant for Dr. William McCleary studying phosphate uptake regulation in E. coli. After graduation, he worked for a year as a food quality control microbiologist in the research and development department of a nutraceutical company and then started graduate school at UC Davis. His research interests include microbial ecology, food science, and biotechnology in general. His current project involves studying human milk oligosaccharide utilization genes, specifically fucosidases and sialidases, in bifidobacteria.