B.S. - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor - 2011-2015
As the Spence lab's first undergraduate student, Mike contributed to numerous lung related projects and helped others whenever possible. Two of his projects included development of the first human fetal lung organoids and recellularization of acellular human lung ECM with stem cell derived human lung organoids. He strives to help improve quality of life as we age and extend human lifespan by generating replacement human cells, tissues, and organs that can also be used as models of disease, development, and function.
Having earned a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology at Michigan, Mike is currently pursuing a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. A firm believer that the many challenges that the field of regenerative medicine faces will only be overcome by a multidisciplinary approach, he plans to apply to Regenerative Medicine/Stem Cell Biology and Biomedical Engineering PhD programs afterwards.
Outside of the lab, Mike has been active with Michigan's Synthetic Biology/iGEM Team (serving as the team's president for a year) and is actively developing Figure Making software to aid scientists in rapidly generating figures from large numbers of images (for example, from time course experiments). Notable awards include NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (as a senior) and Dexter, Michigan's "6th grade spelling bee champion".