Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program

  • Michael Hester

    Michael Hester.Undergraduate Institution:  Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky

    My research is aimed at uncovering the mechanisms of epileptogenesis. I am currently investigating the contribution of newborn hippocampal neurons to disease onset and progression.

    I graduated from Northern Kentucky University, a small school right across the river from Cincinnati. There, my first taste of research involved Parkinson’s disease treatment in rats. I later changed my focus towards drug-delivery across the blood-brain barrier. These experiences left no question in my mind that I wanted to pursue a career in research.

    Having spent several years in Cincinnati, I’ve really grown attached to the city. There never seems to be a lack of festivals, concerts, sporting events, or other social activities. Because of this, it made sense for me to explore what UC had to offer. When I stumbled upon the Molecular and Developmental Biology program I was quite shocked at the number of affiliated labs. Even though I already had a specific interest in neuropathology, I still found myself with several options.  Now, as a third year student, I couldn’t be happier with my decision. There’s a strong sense of community amongst the labs, and faculty are always happy to assist in any way possible.  Also, the program brings in several renowned scientists, providing excellent networking opportunities. Overall, it’s a great place to be.


    McAuliffe JJ, Bronson SL, Hester MS, Murphy BL, Dahlquist-Topala R, Richards DA, Danzer SC. Altered patterning of dentate granule cell mossy fiber inputs onto CA3 pyramidal cells in limbic epilepsy. Hippocampus. 2011;21(1):93-107. PMCID: 2888689.