Hi, I'm Michael. I'm a graduate student researcher and instructor at UC Berkeley. I sequence and assemble fly genomes to unravel one of the great mysteries in molecular biology: how do regulatory sequences called enhancers encode the information needed to control gene expression? Enhancers play critical roles in everything from development, to evolution, to disease. I also study the atypically large genomes of fungi that infect flies, take over their brains, and turn them into literal zombies. The fungus manipulates the fly's behavior in ways that make neurobiologists jealous, and this is all done to ensure the survival and propagation of the pathogen.
Outside of the lab, I enjoy teaching and sharing my love of biology with students and any other interested listeners.
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