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Michael Myers, PhD, MSEd
Dr. Myers is originally from upstate New York. He earned his undergraduate degree in Comprehensive Science from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, New York. He graduated with certification to teach chemistry, physics, and general science at the secondary level in New York. After college, he worked as a Cardiology laboratory technician full time at the University of Rochester Medical Center, taught high school chemistry part time, and finished a Master’s Degree in Education. He then received a Physiology Department fellowship to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. His graduate studies involved the structure and function of potassium channels. Dr. Myers came to Southern California in 1998 when he accepted a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Diane Papazian in the Physiology Department of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. His work at UCLA focused on the biogenesis of potassium channels. He spent several years as a Lecturer and an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at California State University Long Beach (CSULB). While there, he broadened his research interests to include the function of potassium channels in glioma cancer cells and human stem cells, and heart rate variability (HRV) evaluation of equine therapies. His career at CSULB culminated in his winning the Mayfield Teaching Award for being the Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM). His peer-reviewed publications include articles in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, FEBS letters, the Journal of Biotechnology, and the Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching. His passion for teaching is evident in his research into active and e-learning strategies presented at several education conferences and international talks. Dr. Myers has used his expertise at teaching statistics at National University to write his first book on biomedical statistics published in 2011 online by Coast Learning Systems.