Mike Famulare has a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Washington, Seattle, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics Education from New York University. His doctoral thesis was in Computational Neuroscience and focused on the mathematics and biophysics of single neuron information processing. Mike has a strong science education and community education focus and spent some time as a physics teacher at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, N.Y.C. before turning to research. Mike’s current research focuses on live polio vaccine transmission and genetic instability, polio immunity, molecular epidemiology, and transmission dynamics in heterogeneous populations.