Michelle Vitko is a third year doctoral student in the Division of Pharmaceutical Outcomes and Policy at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. She is interested in policies governing healthcare and is excited to focus her dissertation research on medical utilization patterns and cost-effectiveness of generic antiepileptic drug substitution legislation in the United States. Prior to coming to UNC, Michelle worked as a senior research analyst at Cutting Edge Information, a small life sciences consulting firm in RTP, where she led projects covering topics such as market access, health economics and outcomes research, pricing, global launch sequencing, mobile health, and patient adherence. She grew up in Colorado and got her BA in English from Grinnell College. She lives in Carrboro with her husband and two dogs and enjoys hiking, kayaking, and writing in her free time.