Mike is originally from Needham, MA. He received his BSE from Cornell University in Materials Science and Engineering.
Mike's current research focuses on the mechanism of transport and structure-activity relationships of guanidine-rich protein transduction domain mimics (PTDMs) and synthetic mimics of antimicrobial peptides (SMAMPs), using phospholipid membranes as a model for polymer interaction with cell membranes. One such (ongoing) project uses fluorescent dye release experiments to understand the kinetics and structure-activity relationships of PTDM transport across phospholipid membrane models of human cells.
The Institute of Cellular Engineering IGERT program here at UMass recently awarded Mike a fellowship. The ICE IGERT program is a joint collaboration between Polymer Science, Chemical Engineering, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Veterinary and Animal Sciences, and several other departments designed to make UMass a center of cellular engineering research.
"In addition to the fantastic research program here, I was drawn back to my home state by the maple syrup and candlepin bowling. Plus, it's beautiful out here!" says Mike.