Michael Wells


Assistant Professor

Neurodevelopment Autism Stem Cells

I am an Assistant Professor of Human Genetics at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. I received a PhD in Neurobiology from Duke University and completed my postdoctoral training at the Broad Institute and Harvard University. My research focuses on the mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and intellectual disability using human stem cell-derived neural cells as my model. My work has been supported by the NIMH, Simons Foundation, and Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Outside of the laboratory, I am the Chair of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Trainee Advisory Committee and am a former SfN Early Career Policy Ambassador. In 2017, I co-founded the Wishart Group, a non-profit devoted to improving the mental health of musicians and artists, with Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos. In 2020, I launched the COVID-19 National Science Volunteer Database, which now consists of over 9,500 researchers willing to donate their time and advanced skills to the fight against this pandemic.

About Michael


Los Angeles, CA US

Research areas and interests

Mental Health

Research methods

Next Gen Sequencing

Research model system