Ph.D., Indiana Univ., Bloomington (2009)
B.S., St. Louis Univ. (2004)
Michelle Kovarik grew up in northern Kentucky and obtained her B.S. in chemistry from Saint Louis University. During this time, she became involved in undergraduate research on microfluidics, which sparked a life-long interest in tiny things. As a result, she did her graduate work on the design, operation, and application of nanofluidic devices at Indiana University. After a side project on bacterial chemotaxis, she became interested in cellular heterogeneity. To explore this field, she pursued postdoctoral work at the University of North Carolina, doing single-cell enzyme assays on microfluidic devices. During her postdoc, Dr. Kovarik was fortunate to be part of the Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) program, which allowed her to integrate research and teaching during two semesters at North Carolina A&T State University. She is excited to share her passion for precise chemical measurements in the classroom and in interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of chemistry, biology, and engineering.