Michael Nelson

Department: Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Graduate Program: Biomedical Engineering

Advisor: Krishnendu Roy, PhD

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Research Summary:

Manipulation of T cells, B cells, and dendritic cells can harness the immune system for the treatment of several diseases, including cancer. However, current technologies need to be improved upon if cell based therapies are to be a readily available option. I am working to design microenvironments for in vitro differentiation of stem cells into functional cells of the immune system.


Michael graduated in 2012 from the University of Arizona (Tuscon) with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics and Molecular and Cellular Biology. As an undergraduate, he worked in the lab of Matthew Cordes, PhD for four years studying the functional and structural evolutions of proteins, using the Cro family of DNA binding proteins as a model. In addition to undergraduate research at the University of Arizona, he spent five months conducting research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) through the Department of Energy's Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program. At LBNL Michael worked in the lab of Priscilla Cooper, PhD, studying the role of XPG, a 3'-endonuclease, in mammalian DNA repair pathways.