Michael Mazzola, Ph.D StudentGraduate Student

Michael is a Ph.D.student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at Harvard University. During his graduate studies, he hopes to better understand how the fetal liver and bone marrow niches support stem cell identity and heterogeneity. Michael is particularly interested in post-transcriptional mechanisms that govern stem cell self-renewal.

Before Harvard, Michael studied at Cornell University, where he majored in Biochemistry and minored in Biomedical Engineering and English. As a Rawlings Presidential Research Scholar, he completed his undergraduate thesis in Dr. Cynthia Reinhart-King’s laboratory, where he studied how the stiffness of the extracellular matrix influences the growth and permeability of blood vessels. After graduating, Michael was a research assistant for HHMI in Dr. Thomas Tuschl’s laboratory at The Rockefeller University. During this time, Michael developed an appreciation for post-transcriptional gene regulation. He hopes to apply RNA biology techniques to the study of hematopoiesis and the development of RNA therapeutics.