Michelle grew up in Allen Park Michigan and received her B.Sc. in Chemistry at Hillsdale College in 2002. She attended the University of Tennessee for her M.Sc. where she worked on silver (II) fluorides and then moved to The Ohio State University (the other OSU) for her PhD in the Woodward Group, where she studied structure-property relationships of complex oxides. She was fortunate to have the opportunity to do a postdoctoral fellowship abroad in the Rosseinsky Group at the University of Liverpool where her main focus was the synthesis and characterization of novel piezoelectric perovskites. Michelle had a second postdoctoral position for a year in the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry where she investigated the structure of nanolaminate thin films. Her widely varied experience has led her to enjoy learning about the structure-property relationships in many different types of materials, but her specific focus is working towards rational design of piezoelectric, ferroelectric, and multiferroic materials.
Michelle teaches Chem 616: an X-ray diffraction course for graduate students, Chem 412: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry and Chem 462: Integrated Laboratory, both for undergraduates. She is passionate about teaching chemists the writing skills they will need throughout their careers and is active in OSU's Writing Intensive Cirriculum (WIC) community.
In her spare time, Michelle enjoys hiking, running, travelling, watching Doctor Who, and reading science-fiction and fantasy books.