Michael Kwakye—who hails from Fishers, Indiana—is a first-year Ph.D. student in the IU Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Graduate Program. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from IU. He received his master's degree in biotechnology from IU as well.
While earning his master's degree, Michael worked in a research lab under Professor Peter Hollenhorst, where he gained experience with molecular biology techniques through studying interactions between transcription factors implicated in prostate cancer.
During his first year as a Ph.D. student, Michael will rotate through research labs before deciding on his mentor. His first rotation is in Associate Professor Matthew Bochman's lab where he is working on a project to measure yeast telomerase activity in vitro using IR labeling.
When asked why he chose IU for his Ph.D., Michael responded, "I chose IU because I found that the Department of Biology is a very welcoming group. It generally endeavors to create a positive environment for its students while also doing great research."