Michael obtained his MD and PhD in neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medical College. During his doctoral work, Michael performed and published original research using functional MRI to examine the neural correlates of self-control in the brain. Following his MD-PhD, he joined K Health as a medical domain expert where he interfaced between medical domain knowledge and data science. At K, Michael developed a tool for medical quality assessment, planned the centralization of patient medical information and curated medical ontologies. Michael also holds a degree in linguistics obtained on a Fulbright research scholarship at the University of Toulouse.