Michael Forgac


Michael Forgac
Home Town
Cleveland, Ohio
Prior Degrees

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA, BS, Biology & Chemistry
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, PhD, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Sackler Program(s)
Biochemistry, Cell, Physiology

What is the ultimate goal of your research?

Our research is aimed at understanding the structure, mechanism and regulation of the vacuolar ATPases and their function in both normal and disease processes.

What excites you about your research?

One of the most exciting aspects of our work is the possibility of developing specific therapeutics that target particular classes of V-ATPase for the treatment of diseases such as osteoporosis and cancer.

What do you like best about Sackler students?

All the Sackler students who’ve worked in my lab (and I’ve now graduated a total of 9 PhD students, with 2 more on the way) have had a real enthusiasm for biomedical research and real eagerness to learn new approaches.

What qualities distinguish the Sackler School from other graduate schools?

I think the sense of cooperation between laboratories is one of the Sackler School’s greatest strengths.

What do you do to relax?

I enjoy hiking in the Middlesex Fells north of Boston and, in the summer, in the mountains (especially the Sierras) as well as listening to classical music.

What is your favorite Boston restaurant?

I really like the tapas restaurant Dali in Cambridge.

Apply to the Sackler School


The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research