Forrest Michael obtained his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Prof. David Evans at Harvard University in 2001. There he explored the design and development of new chiral ligands for enantioselective catalysis. After graduation, he studied as a NIH post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Robert Bergman at the University of California at Berkeley. During this time, Forrest performed fundamental mechanistic studies of zirconium-based catalysts for alkene functionalization. Forrest joined the faculty at the University of Washington in 2004, where he has since developed a program devoted to developing and studying new catalytic reactions for the formation of C-N bonds using alkene and alkyne starting materials. As part of these studies, the Michael group continues to explore fundamental organic and organometallic mechanisms in the context of reaction development.