Michael earned his PhD from Harvard University, in Biological and Biomedical Sciences. His PhD research focused on neuronal regeneration in the central nervous system. In 2017, he led publication on a major paper in the scientific journal Neuron describing how a gene, if overexpressed through a genetic vector, differentially interacts with retinal neuronal cells, resulting in the regeneration of some axons while other retinal cells are ablated. In addition, Michael has co-authored several other academic papers, and has given presentations at events including: the Beijing International Forum on Brain Disorders (2017), Boston Children’s Hospital Stem Cell Day (2017), a Scientific Staff Meeting of the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders (2016), and the Massachusetts Walks Again fundraiser / political rally (2015).
He is thrilled about the prospects for biotechnology to positively impact not just medicine, but every aspect of our lives. In his “other life”, he is a scientist at Catalog Technologies, Inc., and is excited about radically expanded computational and data storage capabilities that will be provided by DNA-based computation. Indeed, transformational technologies sound far-fetched until they aren’t.
Michael is a firm believer in individuality and self-choice, and is encouraged by increasing public appreciation that aspects of identity may not match outward appearance. The coincident timing of these technological and social trends should make for a fun, interesting future. And, he thinks it would be totally awesome to have a tail.*