Dr. Michael D. L. Johnson is an assistant professor in immunobiology and the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, where he studies different ways of killing antibiotic resistant bacteria. He received his bachelor’s degree in music from Duke University and “smoothly” transitioned to obtaining his Ph.D. in biochemistry and biophysics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
After completing his dissertation in ways bacteria move and attach to cause infection, he went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to do two postdoctoral fellowships, one in the department of infectious disease studying how bacteria respond to stress, and the other in the immunology department, uncovering new mechanisms on how the immune system clears infection. While at St. Jude, Johnson was heavily involved in science outreach including starting a podcast called Science Sound Bites, a science interview series designed to supplement STEM for middle and high school teachers and their students.
At the University of Arizona, Johnson continues to be an advocate for science through blogging, scientific talks and social media.