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Michal Vascak

Michal Vascak


Ramapo College of New Jersey, B.S. in Biochemistry 2008
National Cancer Institute, NIH, Post-Baccalaureate Cancer Research Training Award Fellow 2008-2010
Hometown: Valley Cottage, N.Y.
Thesis adviser: John Povlishock, Ph.D., anatomy and neurobiology

Research interests:

Michal’s background is in cancer research where he investigated the stability and regulation of components of the DNA damage response after ionizing radiation.  However, for his graduate training he would like to shift his focus toward the neurosciences, specifically, traumatic brain injury.

Personal bio:

Michael was born in Slovakia, and raised in the Lower Hudson Valley, just north of NYC.  Outside of his academic pursuits, his passions involve surfing and traveling. These have taken him along the better part of the Mid-Atlantic/North-Eastern seaboard, California, Mexico, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico. He likes Richmond because it offers a lot of outdoor activities in close proximity, and because it is centrally located between mountains and the ocean.