Michael is a fourth-year PhD student in the Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program. His research focuses on understanding how the human brain processes taste and flavor, as well as discovering neural biomarkers for obesity risk. Before coming to Yale, he worked as a laboratory manager at Florida International University, where he served as a mentor and advisor to several research assistants. He completed his undergraduate degree at Duke University with a double major in Neuroscience and Biology and a minor in Italian studies. He looks forward to working with students in variety of disciplines, but particularly enjoys editing manuscripts in the natural sciences.