There is a considerable need for motivated professionals who can push the frontiers of research, medicine, healthcare, and life science. That is exactly what Michael Deem has been able to do throughout the course of his career. With an exceptional educational background, a wide amount of experience, and a dedicated work ethic, he has positioned himself as one of the top research scientists, leaders, and business management gurus in the life science sector. During the course of his career, he has performed research in a diverse variety of areas, including cancer research, biotechnology, energy, genomics, artificial intelligence, and data science.
After graduating high school, Michael Deem continued on to the California Institute of Technology. He got his undergraduate degree before enrolling in a PhD program at the University of California. He successfully defended his thesis, received his PhD, and went on to Harvard University. He continued to push himself to learn more, do more, and discover more, and he concluded his postdoctoral program at Harvard and elected to continue his research in both academia and industry.
As a research scientist, Michael Deem was named the Director of Drug Design at CuraGen Corporation. He was responsible for directing a wide array of research activities, attempting to identify novel treatments for a range of ailments and disorders. He would evaluate probable therapeutic targets, consult with a variety of different experts to figure out what targets were practicable, and coordinate funds for various research projects to try to get new pharmaceutical products off the ground. This afforded him a large degree of knowledge in generating new pharmaceuticals from idea to conclusion.
In addition to his work as a research scientist, Michael Deem has also served as a faculty chair. Recently, Michael Deem served as the faculty chair at Rice University. He was responsible for overseeing an exceptionally vast department. He had 20 tenure-track professors, 5 non-tenure-track instructors, 200 undergraduate students, and 125 graduate students that he needed to monitor. The Department's annual budget was roughly $27 million.
Michael Deem also made sure that all of the research was adequately funded. The academics that he managed came from a wide variety of expertise. A few examples include biomaterials, tissue engineering, machine learning, multimodal Imaging, cancer research, and basic physics. Every member of the department aspires to have his or her research subject suitably funded, and it was the task of Michael W. Deem to both fundraise for the department and to administer the resources that were available. Faculty members in the department generated research publications in a variety of disciplines, increasing the bounds of science and boosting the fame of the school. During his stint at Rice, the department excelled, frequently ranked as one of the top 10 institutions in the US for biomedical engineering. Furthermore, during his term at Rice University, Michael Deem was named the John W. Cox Professor as a testament to his scholarship and leadership.
In addition to running unusually large departments, such as the one at Rice University, Michael Deem has also worked with a number of smaller firms in life science. For example, Deem recently concluded a year as an entrepreneur in residence at a startup called Khosla Ventures. There, he was responsible for taking a look at new, up-and-coming enterprises, choosing the appropriate portfolio for Khosla. He was also responsible for promoting new firms, from idea to reality. Once the businesses were identified, he was responsible for guiding the young entrepreneurs and start-up enterprises throughout the process. There, he was exposed to a wide assortment of imaginative new ideas for future technology, and he was able to strengthen his talents as a business expert. By identifying the ideal businesses, offering them the resources they needed, and educating the young professionals along the way, he was able to help several enterprises from the ground up.
Even though Michael Deem spends a tremendous amount of his time working, he still finds a way to give back to the local community. He has functioned as a mentor for uncountable graduate students, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral academics to advance their careers. He guides students with their research projects, evaluates research papers, and helps new faculty members get their information published. This human capital development was incredibly satisfying. Deem has also served on a number of for-profit and non-profit boards, formulating strategies with CEOs and expanding businesses.
Michael Deem believes in being in shape. He argues that by keeping your physical health, you can secure your mental health as well. In his personal time, he loves to practise martial arts, notably Taekwondo, and he likes to go rock climbing. He likes exploring outside, and rock climbing helps him accomplish just that. Finally, he also spends a lot of time with his family members and friends, keeping the bonds that have been so crucial to him over the years.