- Hofstra Zucker School of Medicine
- Hofstra University
- 4+4 BS/MD Program
Michael is a current student at Hofstra University, pursuing a degree in biology as a member of the 4+4: BS/MD program, in which he will directly matriculate to the Hofstra Northwell Zucker School of Medicine after completion of his undergraduate studies. From a young age, Michael has held aspirations of becoming a physician and thus knew that Hofstra’s combined BS/MD program was right for him, despite acceptances to traditional undergraduate programs at prestigious universities, such as the University of California-Berkeley and Vanderbilt University.
Michael has gained extensive experience in both the clinical and research aspects of the medical field, having received the Auxiliary Achievement Award for Excellence in Service during his tenure as a volunteer at Northwell’s North Shore University Hospital, and having performed research internships at Weill Cornell Medical College and the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. For his research pursuits in high school, Michael has gained recognition at esteemed international science competitions, being named a 2015 semifinalist in Khan Academy’s Breakthrough Junior Challenge and winning a Grand Award in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biology and a special award from the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science at the 2017 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), for his project titled “Identification of TBX3 as a Novel Regulator of Lung Angiogenesis.” Michael has continued his research endeavors in college, working under the direction of Dr. Shahin Rafii at Weill Cornell Medicine’s Ansary Stem Cell Institute, investigating the role of mechanical stress on transcriptional gene expression in the endothelium and on angiogenic sprouting during development.
Outside of the medical field, Michael enjoys writing, having written and published articles for The Huffington Post. He is also an avid swimmer and debater, serving as captain of his high school’s varsity swimming and debate teams. Using the knowledge he’s gained through his personal experiences, Michael is well equipped to guide the next generation of students through the competitive BS/MD application process. He aims to help his students craft an application that is well representative of their distinctive personality, while helping foster their personal development in areas that will benefit them far beyond the college admissions process.