Michelle has more than 20 years of research experience in molecular biology at academic medical centers; her expertise includes protocol development, data analysis, and research project management. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in cell and molecular biology at the University of Washington and doctorate degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado, Anchutz Medical Campus. She has co-authored several publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Outside of work, Michelle is passionate about science education and enjoys playing tennis, reading, and gardening. She and her husband also spend time exploring the outdoors and engaging in many sports with their two boys.