Michael Verzi is a Professor in the Department of Genetics, a member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the Institute of Food, Nutrition, and Health, and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. He is the director of the Microbial and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program. Dr. Verzi’s lab is NIH funded to investigate various aspects of intestinal health, including the intersection of diet and intestinal function, colon cancer, and stem cell biology. He leads a team of talented PhD students, PhD postdoctoral fellows, and MD/PhD scientists. He also mentors undergraduate researchers and is an advocate for the importance of scientific research in undergraduate STEM education.