Prof. Dr. Michael Summers
Dr. Michael F. Summers received his A.A. degree from St. Petersburgh Junior College (1978), B.S. from the University of West Florida (1980), Ph.D. from Emory University (1984), and was a postdoctoral fellow at the NIH (1984-1987) before joining the faculty at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as an Assistant Professor in 1987. In 1994 he was appointed as an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and in 2016 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Summers’ research focuses on NMR studies of macromolecular structure and interactions, with a major emphasis on the structural proteins and genome of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1). His laboratory typically includes large numbers of students from diverse backgrounds, and he has led efforts to develop programs for retaining minority students in the sciences.