Michael is presently studying to qualify as a patent and trade marks attorney. At Madderns, Michael works in local and foreign patent prosecution, searching and drafting.
Michael joined Madderns after working as a research scientist in Australia and the United States. Michael studied at the University of Adelaide where he obtained a PhD in plant biotechnology and was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence. His research identified transcription factors important in the regulation of salinity tolerance in rice plants and one transcription factor with a potential application in conferring drought tolerance. Following his PhD, he undertook research at Oregon State University where he worked on genetic containment in poplar and eucalyptus trees. Specifically, DNA constructs were used to knock-down the expression of genes involved in the transition of vegetative tissue to floral tissue, in order to prevent flowering. This enabling technology will allow the introduction of agronomically important genes, without the risk of gene flow to wild populations.
Previously, he studied at Flinders University and obtained a Bachelor of Biotechnology with first class honours and received the University Medal for his academic achievements.
Michael’s outside interests include athletic endeavours such as cycling, CrossFit and lacrosse.