Michael is from Wichita, Kansas, where he attended Andover High School before attending the Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science at Fort Hays State University for his junior and senior year of high school. While at Fort Hays, he got a taste of what it was like to do laboratory research, and is excited to be taking on his own project under Dr. Karanicolas here at the University of Kansas. His current project involves finding small molecules that rescue the activity of the lac repressor in E. coli in the context of special loss-of-function mutations using computational and experimental approaches. He hopes to graduate with a B.S. in biochemistry and move on to pursue a PhD in graduate school.