Michelle graduated with honors and received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Irvine, with a major in Information and Computer Science, and minors in both Biomedical Engineering and Business Management. Her undergraduate research focused on the study of mechanical force effects on hydra stem cell regeneration. Currently, she is a Ph.D. graduate student in Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego. Her Ph.D. thesis involves constructing and utilizing nanomaterials for biosensing and encoding applications. She also helped develop a device that has been marketed under the trade name "TruTags." Outside her research, Michelle serves as an officer for Society of Women Engineers, where she assists in career development events and provides mentorships for undergraduates.