Michael is from Wichita, Kansas, where he spent his junior and senior high school years at the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University. He graduated from the University of Kansas in May 2017 with a B.S. degree in Biochemistry, earning Departmental Honors. While at KU, Michael joined the laboratory of Dr. John Karanicolas, who became his Beckman Scholars Program mentor. His project in the Karanicolas group centered on identifying small molecules that can rescue the activity of the lac repressor in E. coli in the context of special loss-of-function mutations, through a combined computational and experimental approach.
Michael is currently a student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate group at the University of Pennsylvania.