Michael Wells

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Human Genetics
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    University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, INB.S.05/2008Biological Sciences
    Duke University, Durham, NCPhD09/2015Neurobiology
    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA08/2021Developmental Biology
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    National Institute of Mental Health2019  - 2024K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
    Burroughs Wellcome Fund2018  - 2021Postdoctoral Enrichment Program award
    Yale University2021Intersections Science Fellow
    Cornell University2020Program for Achieving Career Excellence (PACE) Rising Star
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology2019Rising Stars in Biomedicine
    National Institute of Mental Health2012  - 2015F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellowship

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    Originally from Columbus, OH, Michael F. Wells earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and a PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University in 2015 under the guidance of Dr. Guoping Feng. In 2021, he completed his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Kevin Eggan at Harvard University and the Broad Institute. His research focuses on discovering the foundations of human brain diversity and the mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism and intellectual disability. His work has been published in such high-impact journals as Nature, Cell, Neuron, and Cell Stem Cell, and has been funded by a F31 Predoctoral Fellowship, a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award, and a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Postdoctoral Enrichment Program award. Outside of the laboratory, Michael serves as the creator and co-director of the COVID-19 National Scientist Volunteer Database (covid19sci.org), which is a resource for health officials and decision-makers around the country looking to solve COVID-19-related problems. In addition, he is the Chair of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Trainee Advisory Committee and has previously participated in the SfN Early Career Policy Ambassador program.

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    1. C9orf72 suppresses systemic and neural inflammation induced by gut bacteria. Nature. 2020 06; 582(7810):89-94. Burberry A, Wells MF, Limone F, Couto A, Smith KS, Keaney J, Gillet G, van Gastel N, Wang JY, Pietilainen O, Qian M, Eggan P, Cantrell C, Mok J, Kadiu I, Scadden DT, Eggan K. PMID: 32483373; PMCID: PMC7416879.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 111     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    2. Dysfunction of cortical GABAergic neurons leads to sensory hyper-reactivity in a Shank3 mouse model of ASD. Nat Neurosci. 2020 04; 23(4):520-532. Chen Q, Deister CA, Gao X, Guo B, Lynn-Jones T, Chen N, Wells MF, Liu R, Goard MJ, Dimidschstein J, Feng S, Shi Y, Liao W, Lu Z, Fishell G, Moore CI, Feng G. PMID: 32123378; PMCID: PMC7131894.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 59     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    3. The Next 50 Years of Neuroscience. J Neurosci. 2020 01 02; 40(1):101-106. Altimus CM, Marlin BJ, Charalambakis NE, Colón-Rodriquez A, Glover EJ, Izbicki P, Johnson A, Lourenco MV, Makinson RA, McQuail J, Obeso I, Padilla-Coreano N, Wells MF, for Training Advisory Committee. PMID: 31896564; PMCID: PMC6939479.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    4. Targeting Peripheral Somatosensory Neurons to Improve Tactile-Related Phenotypes in ASD Models. Cell. 2019 08 08; 178(4):867-886.e24. Orefice LL, Mosko JR, Morency DT, Wells MF, Tasnim A, Mozeika SM, Ye M, Chirila AM, Emanuel AJ, Rankin G, Fame RM, Lehtinen MK, Feng G, Ginty DD. PMID: 31398341; PMCID: PMC6704376.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 85     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    5. Modelling Zika Virus Infection of the Developing Human Brain In Vitro Using Stem Cell Derived Cerebral Organoids. J Vis Exp. 2017 09 19; (127). Salick MR, Wells MF, Eggan K, Kaykas A. PMID: 28994790; PMCID: PMC5752258.
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    6. Genetic Ablation of AXL Does Not Protect Human Neural Progenitor Cells and Cerebral Organoids from Zika Virus Infection. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 12 01; 19(6):703-708. Wells MF, Salick MR, Wiskow O, Ho DJ, Worringer KA, Ihry RJ, Kommineni S, Bilican B, Klim JR, Hill EJ, Kane LT, Ye C, Kaykas A, Eggan K. PMID: 27912091.
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    7. Thalamic reticular impairment underlies attention deficit in Ptchd1(Y/-) mice. Nature. 2016 Apr 07; 532(7597):58-63. Wells MF, Wimmer RD, Schmitt LI, Feng G, Halassa MM. PMID: 27007844; PMCID: PMC4875756.
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    8. Shank3 mutant mice display autistic-like behaviours and striatal dysfunction. Nature. 2011 Apr 28; 472(7344):437-42. Peça J, Feliciano C, Ting JT, Wang W, Wells MF, Venkatraman TN, Lascola CD, Fu Z, Feng G. PMID: 21423165; PMCID: PMC3090611.
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