Mike graduated from Millikin University in 2009 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in chemistry. He first became interested in research after spending a summer at the University of Chicago, where he participated in research that was focused on understanding the role of connexins and intercellular communication. Following the completion of his undergraduate work, he enrolled in the masters of biomedical sciences program at Des Moines University. He is currently conducting research under the guidance of Quang-Kim Tran, M.D., Ph.D, examining the function of calmodulin in vascular smooth muscle cells. After graduation, he plans to apply to medical school.