Michael D. L. Johnson, PhD

Michael D. L. Johnson received his bachelors from Duke University. He obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biophysics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he studied the effects of calcium on bacterial motility and attachment under the mentorship of Matthew Redinbo. For his postdoctoral training, Michael Johnson went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in order to work with Jason Rosch on metal homeostasis of Streptococcus pneumoniae and subsequently with Douglas Green on the mechanisms of LC3-associated phagocytosis. Michael Johnson joined the faculty of the University of Arizona in 2016.

Job Title(s): 
Associate Professor, Immunobiology
Member, BIO5 Institute
Member, Valley Fever Center for Excellence
Member, Asthma & Airway Disease Research Center
Director of Graduate Studies, Industrial Microbiology Track, Applied Bioscience Program
Director of the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (NSURP)
(520) 626-3779
Office Room Number: 
Room 213, MRB
PhD: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA: Duke University, 2004
Honors and Awards: 
Keystone Symposia Fellow, 2016
Health Scholar, Aspen Ideas Festival – Spotlight Health, 2015
Cell Mentor 100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America 2020 (Cell Press)
2020 NIGMS Director's Early Career Investigator Lecturer
2021 Changemaker Award, Duke Alumni Engagement and Development
2022 ASM William A. Hinton Award for Advancement of a Diverse Community of Microbiologists