Michael Berberoglu, PhD
The Ohio State University
Michael, born and raised in Reno, Nevada, received his BS in Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Inspired by his neurobiology research as an undergraduate, he pursued his PhD in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), where he studied the role of the Fezf2 transcription factor in adult zebrafish neural stem cells and neurogenesis under an F31 NRSA predoctoral fellowship. Michael recently joined the Amacher lab for postdoctoral research and was awarded a 1-year T32 award through the Center for Muscle Health and Neuromuscular Disorders upon arriving at The Ohio State University. During the course of his postdoctoral work, Michael aims to determine whether zebrafish possess satellite muscle stem cells, as in mammals, and to understand mechanisms of muscle injury and repair in the zebrafish, which possess a remarkable capability to regenerate tissues from a variety of organ systems including the brain and the heart. Insights gained from the zebrafish may allow for the development of therapies aimed at the treatment of muscle degenerative diseases in mammals. During his time away from the lab, Michael is an accomplished clarinetist and has played in a number of musical ensembles over the years.