VP of Research
NMT Office of Research

Vice President for Research

Contact Information for Dr. Michael Doyle

Mailing Address:

Dr. Michael Doyle
Office for Research - West Hall
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
E-mail: mike.doyle@nmt.edu
Phone: 575-835-5646
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Dr. Michael Doyle (Photo: University of Illinois Chicago)

Dr. Michael Doyle, a scientist, educator, entrepreneur, inventor, and the creator of fundamental technologies that underlie such products as the Cloud, blockchain/cryptocurrency systems, spatial genomics, and mobile intelligent assistants, was recently announced as New Mexico Tech's Vice President for Research.

In his role, Dr. Doyle serves as chief official of the New Mexico Tech Research Division - responsible for championing Tech's numerous research programs and for leading the division's administrative and policy making activities; advocating for New Mexico Tech's research mission and opportunities throughout the Institute, and overseeing the Division's current external funding portfolio of approximately $550 million and annual research expenditures exceeding $50 million.

While Dr. Doyle's role involves acting as an external advocate for New Mexico Tech's research activities, he is also active in mentoring new faculty members as they establish their research programs, encouraging diversity and affirmative action across the Division, identifying emerging research opportunities, and vitalizing development of Tech's interdisciplinary research values.

Dr. Doyle received his bachelor’s degree in 1983 from the Department of Biocommunication Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and his PhD in cell and structural biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1991.

During his sabbatical at UIUC, while working with Dr. Paul Lauterbur (2003 Nobel Laureate), on the application of micro-MRI techniques to embryo imaging, Dr. Doyle created the Visible Embryo Project (VEP), a multi-institutional collaboration to create a national online "metacenter" computational and information resource on early human development. 

Dr. Doyle then moved to the University of California, San Francisco, where he served as Director for the Center for Knowledge Management. While at UCSF Medical Center, in 1993, Dr. Doyle led a research team that developed the fundamental web technologies that enabled browsers for the first time to act as platforms for fully interactive embedded applications, in the process pioneering revolutionary web technologies such as streaming media and Cloud computing. 

To assist in commercializing related technologies, Dr. Doyle founded Eolas Technologies Inc., where he was the architect of research and development efforts, generating over $250 million in research revenue.

Dr. Doyle's 1995 invention of code signing has become the worldwide de facto standard for securing executable web content. His work in high-performance biological computing created the field of spatial genomics in 2000. 

On October 27, 2022, Dr. Doyle gave a Distinguished Keynote Address, entitled “The Visible Embryo Project: The Ontogeny of Technology,” at the National Academy of Inventors NJIT Workshop on Sustainable Societies: Data Revolution – Innovations to Global Solutions and Next-Generation Cyber-Infrastructure, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This talk discussed three of the major world-changing technology spin-offs from the Visible Embryo Project: the Cloud, Spatial Transcriptomics, and distributed blockchain technology.