Dr. Michael Krihak has over 25 years of industrial and government experience in technology development, program new starts and program management for advanced applications in the biotechnology and semiconductor sectors. He supports NASA Ames Research Center through the Universities Space Research Association (previously through the University Affiliated Research Center partnership at UC Santa Cruz) since 2005. He is currently the Task Area Lead for Biosciences and Nanoelectronics group and supports the Human Research Program's Exploration Medical Capability Element.
Prior to this position, Dr. Krihak was a DARPA Program Manager in the Defense Sciences Office with a portfolio of over 25 contracts. Prior to DARPA, Dr. Krihak was a principal engineer at Nanogen and began his professional career with Motorola in their corporate research laboratory. He received his BS, MS and PhD degrees from Rutgers University where his dissertation focused on the development sol-gel coatings for fiber optic chemical sensors. He has authored several US Patents and peer-reviewed publications.