Dr. Mike LaFontaine is an associate professor of biomedical sciences in the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. LaFontaine received his B.S. in biology from the University of Michigan - Flint and earned his Ph.D. from the Biological Division of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky. His dissertation work focused on physical and chemical alterations of neuronal membranes in animal models of neurodegeneration.
Prior to arriving at Marian University, Dr. LaFontaine began his academic teaching career at Central Connecticut State University in 2000. He moved on to the College of Pharmacy at Ferris State University in 2004, followed by a move to the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008. Dr. LaFontaine’s research interests include biochemical markers of neurodegeneration and oxidative stress, pharmacokinetics of paramagnetic spin-traps, and tissue remodeling in chronic inflammatory disorders. He is a frequent reviewer for the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.
Dr. LaFontaine resides in Zionsville with his wife and two children. He enjoys cycling, running, climbing, and soccer. He also enjoys coaching and watching his kids play soccer.