Michael was born and raised on the eastern shore of Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in 2006 from Salisbury University, where was an undergraduate researcher in Professor Elizabeth Papish’s group. He then moved to the University of Delaware, where he worked in Professor Joseph Fox's laboratory. His research in the Fox group focused on the development of new synthetic methods, the total synthesis of natural products, and the development of bio-orthogonal chemistry. After receiving his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 2013, he moved to the United Kingdom to take up a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Matthew Gaunt at the University of Cambridge, where he was awarded a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2014. His research at Cambridge primarily focused on the development of a non-classical reactive platform for the selective chemical modification of proteins. In August of 2017, Michael moved back across the pond to take up his position in the Chemistry Department here at UW. Michael’s research program is underpinned by a focus towards basic research in organic chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine.