Growing up in both Indonesia and Philippines, Michael has spent a lot of his childhood reading the latest science books in the local libraries and bookstores, reading as much as he could to better understand how society, the world, and the universe around us work. Sometime between deciding whether to become a lawyer, a doctor, or a scientist, he became deeply interested in both the natural and social sciences and decided to pursue a BSc. (Hons.) degree in Chemistry in UBC while taking additional psychology and sociology courses to help broaden his perspective on various health and social issues in preparation for a possible career in medicine.
After presenting in a few undergraduate research conferences during his 1st and 2nd year, doing a year-long internship in Cross Cancer Institute, and volunteering at Stanley Park, he began to develop a keen interest in science communication to help combat against misinformation and improve scientific literacy in the public. Eventually, this has led him to write science articles for Science Borealis to gain better insights and learn how to hone his writing skills for a wider and diverse audience.
He is currently in his final year in his undergraduate studies in University of British Columbia where he recently finished writing a thesis on optimizing the synthesis of terminal functionalized amino-containing polymers for possible material applications. When not writing articles or taking courses, he enjoys cooking, baking bread, reading novels, and watching Chinese martial arts movies (especially ones starring Jet Li or Donnie Yen).