As a University Innovation Fellow in ASU’s Office of Applied Innovation, Michelle applies her expertise at the intersection of science, politics, and policy, to the study and innovation of higher education institutions, as well as to the advancement of educational and economic opportunity in the communities ASU serves. In her role, she serves as a researcher, analyst, project manager, and relationship builder. She also generates ideas and applies emerging scientific, technological, design and policy innovations to advance ASU's teaching and learning mission. Michelle holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Biology (with a concentration in Biology and Society) from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Iowa. Though born and raised in Iowa, Michelle loves the Sonoran Desert and considers it her adopted, forever home.