Michael is a 2nd year graduate student in the BCMB program. He is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina and completed his undergraduate degree in pharmaceutical science at North Carolina Central University where he also served as the Student Government Association (SGA), Student Body President. Throughout his undergrad career, he conducted research at his home institution and across the country at UNC Chapel Hill, Berkeley, Harvard, and Duke Clinical Research Institute. As a first-year graduate student Michael was awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) to fund his graduate education. In his free time, Michael enjoys reading, watching Netflix, and plotting his world domination. He is also Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Black Scientists Matter Inc., an award-winning brand that is dedicated to empowering the Black community through science.