Michael was born in Kimball, NE and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. He received his B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering shortly after marrying his wife Lisa. They then moved to Rochester, MN, where Michael attended the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He pursued Ph.D. research in the development of a biodegradable spinal cord implant under the direction of Prof. Michael Yaszemski and Prof. Anthony Windebank, and completed his Ph.D. in 2005. Dr. Moore then went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he conducted postdoctoral research in drug delivery for retinal neuroprotection under the direction of Prof. Robert Langer at MIT and Dr. Michael J. Young of the Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Moore joined the Tulane Biomedical Engineering faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2007. He and his wife Lisa and their three children live in the Broadmoor neighborhood in New Orleans.
Our goals are to develop translational strategies for optic nerve regeneration by: 1) building in vitro models in which we can systematically alter the structural, molecular, and physiological microenvironments and study their effects on retinal axon regeneration; and 2) developing multifaceted treatment strategies to be tested with in vivo studies.