Michelle graduated from the R.D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon in 2001 with a bachelor's degree in biology with major concentrations in cellular biology, molecular biology and neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to San Diego, where she worked for 3 years in the biotech industry before returning to academic research and her hometown of Portland, Oregon. Michelle has worked as a research assistant at OHSU for more than ten years. She spent 4 years studying alcohol addiction in the Behavioral Neuroscience Department, 4 years researching circadian biology in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, and 1 year investigating ophthalmic genetics at the Casey Eye Institute. Michelle joined the Lewinsohn lab in 2014 as a senior research assistant under Melanie Harriff. Michelle's projects include characterizing vesicular trafficking pathways for MR1 antigen presentation and identification of mycobacterial ligands for MR1. Michelle is also the lab manager for David Lewinsohn's lab.