Michelle Johnson

  • Assistant Professor of Neuroscience

Areas of Study


  • PhD in neuroscience, Emory University
  • BA in neuroscience and biology, Oberlin College


Before joining the Oberlin faculty in fall 2023, Michelle Johnson was an IRACDA postdoctoral fellow in the Malavika Raman lab at Tufts University. Previously, her graduate work at Emory University explored the protein binding dynamics of fused in sarcoma (FUS), an RNA/DNA binding protein link to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) pathology.

Fall 2023

Running from Bears: The Neuroscience of Survival — NSCI 104
The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience — NSCI 201

Spring 2024

Developmental Neurobiology — NSCI 339
Laboratory in Developmental Neurobiology — NSCI 341


Friday Afternoon with Lab Crawl

October 30, 2023

This year’s Lab Crawl drew what may be the largest crowd in the event’s illustrious history, with some 500 students and dozens of faculty taking part. Missed out on the excitement? It looked something like this.