Mike Michel, PhD
Dr. Mike Michel earned his BA and MA degrees in Biology from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA in 1975 and 1979 and his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of California in Santa Barbara, CA in 1985. He received one year’s postdoctoral training in laboratory and field animal chemosensory and mating behaviors at the University of California in Los Angeles from 1985 to 1986. Subsequently, Dr. Michel gained postdoctoral experience in gustatory electrophysiology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA from 1986 to 1988 and olfactory electrophysiology at the University of Florida Whitney Laboratory in Saint Augustine, FL from 1989 to 1991. Dr. Michel joined the Department of Physiology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine in 1992 as an Assistant Professor, was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 1998 and Full Professor in 2005. Dr. Michel’s research program has made significant contributions to the understanding of chemosensory signal transduction and coding. His commitment to medical education is reflected by his active involvement in the planning, implementation, teaching and administration of the most recent transformation of the medical curriculum at the University of Utah SOM begun in 2009.
Dr. Michel’s dedication to teaching is supported by positive student and peer evaluations of his lectures to medical students as well as his dynamic leadership of the integrated Brain and Behavior and, Circulation, Respiration and Regulation courses in the second year medical curriculum.
Dr. Michel joined the faculty in the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology at AUC as a Professor of Physiology in February 2013 and teaches Physiology. He was promoted to Associate Dean – Medical Sciences Curriculum in March 2021. As a dean, he will oversee the development and implementation of AUC’s new integrated organ systems-based curriculum and conduct ongoing assessment to ensure continuous quality improvement.