Dr. Micheal Kruer

Michael Kruer studied microbiology and psychology as an undergraduate at Arizona State University, where he was awarded Sigma Xi status and studied Bacillus genetics as a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research scholar. During medical school at the University of Arizona, he developed transgenic techniques for modulating neuronal hyperexcitability, focusing on an in vitro model of temporal lobe epilepsy, culminating in the award of an MD with distinction in research. After medical school, Michael worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, AZ, performing high-throughput SNP microarray studies as part of the international collaborative Autism Genome Project. As a postdoctoral fellow, Michael focused on the development of genomic copy number analysis as a translational research tool. He subsequently completed a clinical internship and pediatric residency at Phoenix Childrenís Hospital where he applied microarray technologies to the investigation of neurogenetic disorders. Currently, Michael is a fellow in Neurodevelopmental Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University, where he is developing research programs in the genetics and imaging of neurodevelopmental disorders. Michaelís areas of expertise include neuroscience, molecular biology, immunocytochemistry, electrophysiology, biochemistry, genetics with special emphasis on microarray methodologies, neuroimaging, neurodevelopmental disorders with special emphasis on autism, and clinical research.