Michelle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

At UCSB, her research group develops synthetic biology tools to engineer protein synthesis within anaerobic fungi and microbial consortia for sustainable chemical production, bioremediation, and natural product discovery. More specifically, Michelle’s research group has sequenced the genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes of several anaerobic fungal strains, which has enabled the discovery of new biomass-degrading enzymes and the characterization of fungal cellulosomes (multi-enzyme complexes).

Michelle was named one of the 35 Top Innovators Under 35 in the world by MIT Technology Review in 2015, and is the recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), a DOE Early Career Award, an NSF CAREER award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the ACS BIOT Division Young Investigator Award, an ACS PMSE Division Young Investigator Award, an ACS WCC “Rising Star” Award, and a Hellman Faculty Fellowship.

Learn more about Michelle’s work by watching her short video.