Misael (Mitch) Fernandez
North Campus Research Complex
2800 Plymouth Road, Bldg. 10-A109
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Mitch graduated in 2013 with degrees in chemistry and biology from Florida International University. He followed this with 1 year there in the PhD program in computer science before joining the bioinformatics PhD program at Michigan. His current research involves neuroplasticity and learning, particularly in relation to kinesiology. As a test case, he is studying differences in motor learning of martial arts in healthy individuals and stroke patients using an augmented reality feedback system. Mitch is also interested in understanding the biology of aging from a systems level perspective. He has done work on understanding why organisms begin to lose the ability to repair themselves over time, and identifying critical points which result in rapid increases in the accumulation of damage and the emergence of the aging phenotype. He has experience in analyzing data from metagenomics, metabolomics, epigenomics, and other areas of molecular biology. Finally, he is also interested in science education and ways of making scholarly research accessible to non-scientists. Mitch is being funded by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.