​Michael J. Conway

Foundational Sciences

Specialty: Microbiology, Immunology, and Entomology

Brooks Hall, Room 117 A
lab space 117B-E
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3930
Fax: 989-774-3462

Michael J. Conway is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology in the Foundational Sciences Discipline in the Central Michigan University College of Medicine. Dr. Conway received a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. His thesis research was focused on testing the structural/functional relationships of the major and minor capsid proteins of high-risk, cancer-causing, human papillomaviruses. Dr. Conway transitioned to research on vector-borne diseases during a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine and the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, CT.

Dr. Conway’s current research interests combine molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, entomology, and immunology. Dr. Conway’s lab is working on multiple projects including (1) identifying and targeting mosquito saliva serine proteases to block enhancement of virus transmission from vector to host, (2) understanding the physiological role of integrated viral elements in the mosquito genome, and (3) using insect viruses to control human pathogens in the mosquito.

Education & Fellowships:
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship
    • Yale University School of Medicine
      Internal Medicine Infectious Disease
      Advisor: Dr. Erol Fikrig
      New Haven, CT
  • Ph.D.
    • Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
      Department of Microbiology and Immunology
      Advisor: Dr. Craig Meyers
      Hershey, PA
  • B.S.
    • Northern Michigan University
      Microbiology and Chemistry
      Marquette, MI
Awards and Honors:
  • NCI Travel Grant, 2007
    • 2007 Small DNA Tumor Virus Meeting
  • NIH/Roche Training Award, 2007
    • 27th International Papillomavirus Conference
  • NIH/Roche Training Award, 2009
    • 28th International Papillomavirus Conference
  • Alumni Award, 2010
    • PSU College of Medicine Class of 1979
  • Dean’s Award for Graduate Education, 2011
    • PSU College of Medicine
  • Travel Award, 2012
    • 31st Annual Meeting for the American Society for Virology
  • 2004-        Member of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honor
  • 2004-10    Member of the American Society of Microbiology
  • 2007-10    Member of the International Papillomavirus Society
  • 2011-12    Member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 
  • 2011-        Member of the American Society for Virology 
  • 2012-        Member of the Michigan Mosquito Control Association 
Languages Spoken:
  • English​