Michael is from New York and attended Cornell for college where he majored in Biological sciences with a concentration in Genetics and Development.
After college, Michael joined the NIH as a Postbaccalaureate IRTA fellow and worked to study the clearance of fibrin from extravascular tissue, utilizing mouse survival surgery and ex vivo confocal microscopy to directly visualize cells engaging in clot mediation. At Stony Brook, his research has focused on the study of monoclonal antibodies developed against the capsular polysaccharide of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella and determined their efficacy in helping clear infection. As a medical student, he has served as a teaching assistant for the preclinical pathogens and host defense course, mentored more junior MSTP students, and served as the MSTP representative for the School of Medicine Curriculum Committee. He has worked with journalists and congressional staffers through the Communicating Science and its Government Relations department at Stony Brook to identify ways to improve communication with policymakers and the community in order to be prepared to advocate for public health in his role as a physician-scientist with a focus in Infectious Diseases.
Michael enjoys running, mud runs, triathlons as well as woodworking, kickball, inner tube water polo (which he played at Cornell), trivia, and is a certified SCUBA diver.
Medical/Graduate School: Stony Brook University
Undergraduate: Cornell University