Michael Serralha was born and raised in Cape Town. After high school he completed his national service with the South African Air Force.
He began his tertiary studies in Zoology and Microbiology on a part time basis with the University of South Africa, while working in the Casino industry.
He emigrated to Australia and completed his Bachelor of Science degree, with Honours, with the department of Microbiology at the University of Western Australia. He worked at the Laboratory for Cancer Medicine at Royal Perth Hospital before joining Telethon Kids Institute in 2002.
Working with the Department of Cell Biology, he spent much of his time perfecting Immunological and Molecular techniques on large cohort studies, like the Raine Study.
He recently joined the Systems Immunology team and also works on projects for Experimental Immunology and Clinical Epigenetics groups.