Meeting Michael – New UEA American Scholar

Hello friends and fans of the 2AD Memorial Library. I’d like to use this inaugural post of mine to introduce myself a bit. I’m sure over the next year between this blog and other avenues of communication you will get to know me much better but I feel it’s always nice to have a head start.

I was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota. I was fortunate enough in my youth to travel frequently which inflicted me with the travel bug, eventually aiding my move to the UK. My academic path has been extremely circuitous due to my interests in myriad subjects. I began with dual degrees in Anthropology and History from the University of North Dakota. Following this I moved to Boulder, Colorado where I spent 4 years earning an MA in Anthropology. My area of research during this time period was on the bacteria found within African primates, specifically Bushbabies in South Africa.

This research on bacteria and diseases led me down a new academic trajectory and I ended up back in North Dakota where I studied for, and received a Master’s in Public Health (MPH). During these two years I became more and more interested in how diseases spread and are diagnosed. When my wife was accepted into the literary translation program at UEA I found the perfect new program to follow these research interests. And so, I am currently earning a PhD from the UEA Faculty of Medicine and Health developing a new DNA sequencing-based method for diagnosing and tracing the spread of Tuberculosis; a far cry from my early career as a historian and anthropologist studying primate/human interactions.

In my personal life I enjoy amateur photography, scuba diving, and reading. Slightly odd I know for someone who lived in two very landlocked states to enjoy an ocean sport but you find the fun where you can. In my down time I also like to explore Norwich and see all the amazing pieces of history that have been kept alive even as the city grew.

I look forward to my time writing for you all and hopefully I can find some subjects which are of interest to ramble on about. And of course if any of you want to know more or have any suggestions I’d love to hear from you.



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  1. John Page

    Welcome to Norwich and Norfolk hope you enjoy your stay, and learn about what the Second Air Division stand for in the minds and eyes of the people of Norwich and Norfolk

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