Dr. Michael D. L. Johnson is an African American male from inner city Chicago (south side). He grew up in a single parent home and was fortunate enough to have a very loving mother. Dr. Michael D. L. Johnson received an A.B. 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 bacterial motility and attachment, he went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the Department of Infectious Disease to study how bacteria process nutrients, specifically metals (the items at the end of your vitamin ingredient list), during bacterial infections. He now works in the Department of Immunology studying newly discovered ways of how the body eliminates harmful pathogens. In July, Dr. Johnson started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in the Department of Immunobiology. He is married with two wonderful daughters and he loves what he does.
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