|Mike was born and raised in New Orleans,
Louisiana, which may explain his gastronomic proclivities. He received
a B.A. from Rice University in 1969 working with Richard Turner on polyolefinic
cyclization to diterpenes of the kaurene type. As an NSF Predoctoral Fellow,
he worked under the direction of Gilbert Stork at Columbia University on
the use of vinyl silanes as annulation reagents, receiving his Ph.D. in
1973. In 1974, after a one-year NATO postdoctoral stint with Albert Eschenmoser
at the ETH in Zürich, he joined the faculty at UCLA where he is currently
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry.
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