Dr. Michael Ibba is the dean of Schmid College of Science and Technology at Chapman University, and also maintains a research group at The Ohio State University where he is a professor of microbiology. After he received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology from the University of Manchester he worked at Novartis in Basel, Switzerland and then as a post-doctoral fellow at the ETH in Zurich Switzerland. He then came to the United States as an Associate Research Scientist at Yale University. Dr. Ibba was previously the Chair of the Microbiology Department and served as the Associate Director for the Infectious Disease Institute at The Ohio State University. He has published over 190 research articles and currently holds four research grants. Dr. Ibba has received several awards and distinctions. Notably, in 2019 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award at The Ohio State University and in 2017 and 2020 received the Faculty Award for Diversity Enhancement in the College of Arts and Sciences.
He currently serves on several journal editorial boards, is a member of the National Science Foundation Federal Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences (BIO-AC) and is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.