Mike Burkart is a co-founder of Aspera Biomedicines. He is currently a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry University of California, San Diego, with research expertise in natural products, medicinal chemistry, and drug discovery. Mike grew up in Texas and received a B.A. in Chemistry from Rice University. After a PhD from the Scripps Research Institute and postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School, he initiated his own research group at UCSD in 2002.