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About Michelle Farkas

Michelle grew up in Northern New Jersey and was an undergraduate
chemistry major (and economics minor) at Wellesley College. During
her undergraduate years, she spent several months at the University
of St. Andrews, Scotland, U.K. where she did not meet Prince William
or Kate (then Middleton). Upon graduation, Michelle joined the
Discovery Chemistry group at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Wallingford, CT,
where she worked on anti-viral compounds and methods development.
Michelle then traveled west and obtained her Ph.D. under the direction of Professor Peter Dervan at Caltech in 2010 followed by postdoctoral research at UC Berkeley in the laboratory of Professor Matthew Francis as a DOD BCRP Postdoctoral Fellow. Michelle joined the faculty at UMass, Amherst in Aug. 2013.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2010-2013
  • Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) Dissertation Award, 2008-2009
  • Novartis Graduate Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, 2007-2008

Contact Information

710 North Pleasant Street
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst, MA 01003

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