B.S. in Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Oregon, 2004
Ph.D. in Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, 2008
Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008-2011

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Chemical Genealogy [pdf]

Mike received his B.S. in chemistry and applied mathematics from the University of Oregon in 2004, where he conducted undergraduate research with Prof. David Tyler. He earned his PhD in 2008 as an NSF predoctoral fellow under the joint direction of Profs. Robert Bergman and Kenneth Raymond at UC Berkeley, where he investigated supramolecular chemistry and proton-catalyzed reactions in supramolecular hosts. Mike then moved to MIT, joining the research group of Prof. Stephen Lippard as an NIH Pathway to Independence Postdoctoral Fellow, where he investigated methods for biological nitric oxide detection.

In 2011, Mike joined the faculty in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Oregon as an Assistant Professor and was promoted to an Associate Professor in 2016. He is also a member of the  Materials Science Institute and an associate member of the Institute of Molecular Biology. His research interests are thematically based on different aspects of molecular recognition at the interface of bioorganic and bioinorganic chemistry. Much of his lab focuses on developing chemical tools for H2S detection and quantification and using bioinorganic models to investigate the chemical mechanisms by which H2S exerts action.

Selected Awards and Fellowships:

2016      UO Outstanding Early Career Award
2016      Camille Dreyfus Teacher Scholar Award
2015      Thieme Chemistry Journal Award
2015      Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
2015      NSF CAREER Award
2010      NIH Pathway to Independence Award
2008      NIH NRSA Ruth Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellowship, MIT
2008      DIC Young Investigator Award, ACS
2006      Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
2004      NSF Pre-doctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley
2004      Phi Beta Kappa
2004      The Chemical Society Outstanding Chemistry Student Award, UO
2003      College of Arts and Letters Fellowship, UO
2003      Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, UO