Michael received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from Plattsburgh State University in New York in 2010 and received his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Iowa in 2016. His dissertation topic is titled: Examining the effects of reward and punishment on incidental learning. Michael's research at the University of Iowa involved studying learning and memory in healthy younger and older adults and patients with Parkinson's disease.
After receiving his doctorate, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Michael's work at NINDS involved the combined use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and fMRI to improve connectivity in targeted networks that support memory and understand interactions between memory networks.
Michael will be joining the department of Kinesiology and Health Eduction in January of 2021 as an Assistant Professor. He will continue to use rTMS and fMRI to understand the organization of the brain's memory networks, with an emphasis on developing targeted treatments to reduce memory loss in populations suffering from memory loss, such as patients with Alzheimer's disease, Traumatic Brain Injury, and older adults.