Mike has been interested in science and biology since childhood when he would watch countless hours of nature documentaries with the great Sir David Attenborough, leading to a significant portion of his youth walking around looking for birds. He counts one of his greatest achievements as an undergrad as finding and identifying 89 species of birds at the Virginia Tech Duck Pond over the course of a few months. Despite the endless string of heart crushing losses, Mike is a diehard fan of all things Hokies, Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and DC United. He believes his passion for disappointing sports teams has prepared him well for a career in science in which failures are inevitable. Mike is ready to make a difference in the fight against cancer, and we’re glad that he thought the Slade Lab is a perfect place to do this.