Michael grew up in the historic city of Williamsburg, Virginia and first dabbled in research at James Madison University where he analyzed the structure and function of mutated proteins implicated in human disease. After earning a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Biochemistry from JMU, Michael moved to the busy D.C. suburbs where he dove into the world of cancer research and immunotherapy at the National Institutes of Health as a postbaccalaureate research fellow. Michael matriculated to the Medical Scientist Training Program at Vanderbilt and to the lab of Dr. Mary Philip. In the future, Michael hopes to work in clinic to treat patients with cancer and operate a research lab to learn more about how we can harness our immune system to treat disease.