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Michael Pierce '20

Michael Pierce

Full Name

Michael Pierce

Graduation Year




Research Focus

Molecular approaches to cancer therapeutics; Molecular Biology, Genomics


My name is Michael Pierce, and I am a transfer student completing my Bachelors of Science in Biology, with a minor in Chemistry at California State University San Bernardino (CSUSB). Upon transferring from San Bernardino Valley College, I was eager to experience what programs and clubs CSUSB had to offer. Luckily, my very first class on campus was with Dr. David Rhoads, who would later become my mentor. Dr. Rhoads's enthusiastic approach to research and included details from his work motivated me to become involved in research on campus. After inquiring about a position in his lab, I began my research career and continually reflected on the positive impact it has had on my life. Since then, I have participated in numerous research events, joined academic societies, and been awarded scholarships and grants for the work I have completed.

Currently, I am performing research at Loma Linda University. While working in the Unternaehrer lab, I’m investigating the roles of transcription factor Snai1, and the microRNA Let-7 in embryonic development. These factors have implications in various types of cancer. We aim to uncover information that will contribute to the knowledge of signaling pathways and may lead to novel therapeutics.

Clubs and Organizations

Student Health Advisory Committee, International Society for Stem Cell Research, American Association for Cancer Research



Awards and Distinctions

CIRM Bridges Scholar, Peer Leader and Research Mentor

Experience with:

Presenting at a Conference, Summer Research Internships, Academic Year Research, Poster Presentations, Oral Presentations, Laboratory Research

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