Michael received a B.S. in physics and biophysics from Brandeis University before earning A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Washington University in St. Louis. As a graduate student, he developed image deconvolution techniques and particle tracking algorithms for single molecule fluorescence studies with high spatiotemporal resolution. Afterwards, he pursued postdoctoral research at the University of Michigan studying the real-time infection of individually characterized HIV-1 virions using a novel platform that combined optical trapping, two-photon excitation microscopy, and back-focal-plane interferometry. He was awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA individual postdoctoral fellowship from the NIH to advance his training in virology and fluorescence imaging systems.
Michael joined Janelia’s Light Microscopy facility in 2018 as a research specialist, where he helps maintain a full complement of state-of-the-art instruments. Working closely with researchers, he provides microscope training as well as technical assistance for fluorescence imaging and image analysis techniques including organized workshops. He enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, traveling abroad, reading 19th century European literature, and dancing Argentine Tango.