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Biomedical Engineering
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The long-term goals of the Nano-Omic-Bio-Engineering-Lab (NOBEL) are to understand and engineer muscle function. Muscle is the primary organ system that defines our complex movements and to a degree our life and joy (“joy’s soul lies in the doing” – W. Shakespeare). Of the 3 muscle types (skeletal, cardiac, smooth), we mostly focus on skeletal muscle, which is composed of a constellation of cell types, consumes significant amounts of metabolic energy, grows and adapts its structure and function based on its environment and uniquely repairs and regenerates when damaged. Generating...

Cell and Developmental Biology
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Research in the Allen Lab is broadly focused on understanding the mechanisms of growth factor and morphogen signaling in development and disease. Specifically, we study the regulation of Hedgehog signaling during embryonic and postnatal development, as well as adult tissue homeostasis, repair and regeneration. Our research employs a wide range of approaches, including mouse genetics, chicken in ovo electroporations, biochemistry, and cell biology. The long-term goal of this work is to apply insights gained from the study of HH signaling in normal contexts to the treatment of a broad...

Mentor:
Alan Boyle
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Washington
Honors:
Dept. Honors in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
Service:
AWIS, FEMMES, GUMB, Student Councils, March for Science, Michigan Science Center, Forsythe Middle School Science Fair
Pharmacology
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Our lab uses optical and electrophysiological techniques to study how hormone trafficking, signaling, and release are regulated in neurosecretory cells. We investigate these processes as they relate to stress and stress transduction at the sympatho-adrenal synapse.

Human Genetics, Neurology
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Our objective is to obtain a better understanding of the development and function of neurons and glia in the peripheral nervous system using human genetics, molecular and cellular biology, and zebrafish transgenesis. The major end goal of these studies is to characterize how these cell types are affected in patients with peripheral neuropathies.

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
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Our laboratory is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular basis of the blood-brain and blood-retinal barrier and how these barriers are compromised in diseases such as diabetic retinopathy or brain tumors. The long-term goal of this research is to develop novel therapies to restore normal barrier function.

Dr. Peter Arvan
Internal Medicine
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Our lab uses cellular and mouse models to study protein folding and misfolding in pancreatic beta cells (proinsulin) and thyroid epithelial cells (thyroglobulin), in order to discover new treatments for conformational diseases that affect these cells of the endocrine system. Our lab has described the cellular and molecular basis for the human disease known as Mutant INS gene-induced Diabetes of Youth, caused in most cases by expression of misfolded mutant proinsulin.  

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
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The effects of sensory experience and sleep on neural circuits, mechanisms underlying nervous system plasticity and memory formation.

Biological Chemistry
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We study basic mechanisms of membrane-bound protein quality control systems. We are interested in how membrane-bound systems select substrates with a goal of identifying cellular pathways regulated by these systems. These systems are important in pathologies related to cell stress, protein misfolding, and protein misregulation. Some of the human conditions linked to these cellular defects include Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and various cancers. Our longer-term goals are to understand how changing conditions in cells target substrate proteins to these integral-membrane systems...

Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology
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Protein folding, disulfide bond formation.

 

Neurology
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We are interested in the basic abnormalities leading to neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Using a combination of automated fluorescence microscopy, computer science, genome engineering and optogenetics we investigate RNA and protein metabolism, how deficiencies in these pathways lead to neuron loss in ALS and FTD, and how these pathways can be modified to prevent neurodegeneration.

Cell and Developmental Biology
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My lab studies the mechanisms by which transcriptional enhancers control gene expression during development, using genetic, biochemical, evolutionary, and bioinformatics approaches. We focus on enhancers that are directly regulated by cell signaling pathways, including Hedgehog, Wnt, Notch, and MAPK, all of which play important roles in development and disease.

Molecular & Integrative Physiology
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Research in Dr. Beard's laboratory is focused on systems engineering approaches to understanding the operation of physiological systems in health and disease. Projects include theoretical and experimental analysis of metabolic systems, whole-body cardiovascular mechanics and transport, blood-flow regulation, mechanisms of renal solute transport.

 

Human Genetics
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Discovery of new genes for human developmental brain disorders highlights the genes essential for brain development. The disease mechanisms associated with these genes are modeled using patient induced pluripotent stem cells and mice to understand the associated molecular pathology.

Internal Medicine
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Our laboratory studies the role of small RNAs including microRNAs in modulating signaling cascades that mediate renal injury and aging.

 

Mentor:
Linda Samuelson
Year:
2013
Undergraduate Institution:
Juniata College
Honors:
54th Midwest Society for Developmental Biology Best Poster Award (2016), CMB Merit Award (2016), HHMI International Student Research Fellowship Finalist (2016), Rackham Conference Travel Grant (2015, 2016), CMB Conference Travel Grant (2015, 2016), CMB/Medical School Fellowship (2015), Rackham Pre-Candidate Graduate Student Research Grant (2015), Rackham International Student Fellowship (2014), Benard L. Maas Fellowship (2013)
Service:
Graduate Rackham International (GRIN) Mentor (2016-Present), CMB Program Committee (2016-Present), CMB Student Advisor (2016-Present), International Center Student Council (ICSC) Representative (2016-Present), UROP Research Symposium Judge (2016), Females Excelling More In Math Engineering & Sciences (FEMMES) Capstone Group Leader (2016), AAAS Global Science Engagement Conference Session Aide In Washington, D.C. (2016), Bioartography Booth Volunteer (2015, 2016), The Michigan Science Center Steminista Role Model (2015-Present), CMB Career Development Committee (2014-Present), CMB Departmental Newsletter Committee (2014-2016), Short Term Educational Program (STEP) Mentor (2015, 2016), Leading Informed Policy with Science (LIPS) (2015-2016), Association Of Multicultural Scientists (AMS) (2013-Present), Women In Science & Engineering (2013-Present)
Teaching Experience:
Graduate Student Instructor For CDB 530 Cell Biology
Research Interests:
The role of Notch signaling in intestinal stem cell function & intestinal epithelial cell homeostasis

 

Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, Human Genetics, Medical School
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Our research group aims to combine both computational and wet lab strategies to answer questions related to the transcriptional regulatory control of human genes. We believe that a complex regulatory control determines the fates of individual non-coding regulatory elements and that the integration of diverse genetic, epigenetic, and disease data is the best way to explore this control. Using innovative computational and wet lab approaches the lab both characterizes the function of these regulatory elements as well as examines the effect of genetic variation in these regions.

Cell and Systems Biology, Genomics/Proteomics, Computational Biology, Cancer Biology
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The overarching goal of the lab is to identify putative predictive genomic biomarkers for targeted therapies and understand primary and secondary resistance mechanisms for these therapies. The lab utilizes next generation sequencing strategies for the development and analysis of genomics-driven medicine clinical trials (precision medicine) and genetic characterization of therapeutic resistance. The lab also specializes in using high-throughput functional screens to identify therapeutic targets and molecular strategies to advance for pre-clinical modeling in cell lines and patient-derived...
Mentor:
Kristen Verhey
Year:
2014
Undergraduate Institution:
Ohio Wesleyan University
Honors:
NSF-GRFP Fellow (2016), Precandidate Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (2016)
Service:
UM Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences (FEMMES), The Michigan Health Sciences Pre-College Exposure Academy (MHSPEA)
Teaching Experience:
Graduate Student Instructor CDB560 Quantitative Fluorescence Microscopy
Research Interests:

Utilizing a chemical-gentic approach to engineer inhibitable kinesin motor proteins s a strategy to elucidate their fundamental properties in cells

Internal Medicine, Mol. Integ. Physiol.
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Our laboratory is interested in understanding how cells use nutrients and how excess nutrient flux, as occurs in obesity, and diabetes, triggers insulin resistance and inflammatory responses. We are also interested in how intrinsic exercise capacity and exercise training can alter metabolism. We use metabolomics profiling and other 'omics technologies to profile metabolism in animals and humans.

Human Genetics, Psychiatry
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We use genomic approaches to find and characterize genes involved in behavioral, neurological and psychiatric diseases, especially ataxia, depression and drug abuse. We follow their effects in culture on neurons differentiated from induced pluripotent stem cells from patients, and in animal models.

Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology
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The Cadigan lab is interested in signal transduction and gene regulation in Drosophila and mammalian cells. Much of our research is focused on the Wnt/beta-catenin signaling pathway, but we are also exploring other pathways involved in cell specification during development and human disease.

Human Genetics
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Birth defects research, organogenesis, mouse models of human disease growth insufficiency including hormonal and skeletal dysplasia, hearing and vestibular dysfunction.

Pharmacology
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We study pathways involved in preserving genome stability as well as mechanisms of resistance to cancer chemotherapy.  

Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery; Periodontics and Oral Medicine; Pharmacology
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We are studying the role of high risk human papillomaviruses (HPV) in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). Specifically, we are focusing on the mechanisms that determine which HPV-positive tumors are likely to have excellent responses to treatment and those that require more aggressive treatment. We are examining site of integration, effects of integration site on gene function, and other genetic aberrations that determine tumor cell behavior.

 

Microbiology and Immunology
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Our research team is identifying how the promiscuous intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii uses autophagy to persist indefinitely in its hosts and employs cytolytic proteins to escape from infected cells. We are also developing new tools to disrupt processes required for persistence and pathogenesis to ameliorate disease.

Mol. Integ. Physiol
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Signal transduction pathways used by cytokine receptors and JAK tyrosine kinases; molecular actions of growth hormone; role of SH2-B adapter proteins in regulation of the cytoskeleton, gene expression and cellular differentiation and survival.

Microbiology and Immunology
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The impact of Immune receptor diversity in the response to mutable pathogens and tumors; Immunological memory and transplantation; Mutable vaccines.

 

Mentor:
David Markovitz
Year:
2012
Undergraduate Institution:
Barry University
Honors:
Cellular Biotechnology Training Program (2015-2017); Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant; Rackham Pre-Candidate Research Grant (2014); Rackham Merit Fellow
Service:
Cellular and Molecular Biology Recruitment Committee (2017); Rackham Merit Fellow Graduate Student Advisory Council Member (2016); Cellular and Molecular Biology Recruitment Committee (2016); Cellular and Molecular Biology Social Committee (2016); Rackham Merit Fellow Graduate Student Advisory Council Member (2015)
Teaching Experience:
Teacher Assistant to DENT 525
Research Interests:

Elucidating the role of the Human Endogenous Retrovirus (HML-2) accessory protein Np9 in diverse human malignancies

Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology
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We are working on protein sorting and quality control in the yeast secretory pathway.

Internal Medicine
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The Role of Nuclear Receptors in Obesity/Diabetes-Related Cardiovascular Complications.

Internal Medicine - Hematology/Oncology
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We study the communications between transcription factors that result in epigenetic modifications at super-enhancers of oncogenes. These changes drive the development of normal lymphocytes , but also the generation of cancer stem cells in childhood leukemia. By targeting specific, synthetic lethal interactions responsible for the context dependence of transcription factors in cancer, we might combat the cancer functions of transcription factors without potential adverse consequences of total inhibition.

Jennifer Chik
Mentor:
Uhn-Soo Cho
Year:
2013
Undergraduate Institution:
California Polytechnic State University
Honors:
Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, NIH Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant T32-GM007315
Service:
CMB Symposium Committee Member, CMB Student Advisor, Volunteer at Ann Arbor Hands On Museum, FEMMES Capstone Volunteer, MHSPEA Volunteer/Instructor, BrainsRule! Volunteer, GUMB Mentor
Teaching Experience:
Graduate Student Instructor- BIOCHEM 212
Research Interests:

Structure and function of centromere and kinetochore proteins

 

Michigan Center for Translational Pathology
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Dr. Chinnaiyan's laboratory has focused on functional genomic,proteomic and bioinformatics approaches to study cancer for the purposesof understanding cancer biology as well as to discover clinicalbiomarkers. He and his collaborators have characterized a number ofbiomarkers of prostate cancer including AMACR, EZH2 and hepsin. AMACRis being used clinically across the country in the assessment of cancerin prostate needle biopsies.

Biological Chemistry
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My lab is mainly focusing on biochemical and structural studies on kinetochore assembly, histone chaperones, and Sestrin-mediated mTORC1 regulation.

Microbiology and Immunology
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We are broadly interested in the cell biology of T lymphocyte (T cell) function. These immune cells are central to cell-mediated immunity to infections and cancers. My laboratory uses high-resolution imaging approaches (including TIRFM, 3D super-resolution fluorescence microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy) to understand the molecular and subcellular mechanism by which T cells recognize and respond to pathogenic threats.

Mentor:
Ann Miller
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution
Eastern Michigan University
Honors:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient (2017)
Service:
Science Communication Fellowship with UM’s Museum of Natural History, Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and Science (FEMMES), Lean in for Graduate Students, Association for Women in Science, CMB Career Committee.
Research Interest:
Using optogenetics, investigate the spatiotemporal regulation of small GTPase RhoA and how it orchestrates actin cytoskeletal dynamics responsible for junctional remodeling and cytokinesis in vertebrate epithelial tissues.
Internal Medicine
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Our lab is interested in the proteolytic ECM remodeling of adipose tissues in development and obesity. Using 3-D adipocyte differentiation model and a series of genetically modified mice, we aim to define a molecular mechanism that links ECM remodeling to the regulation of organ function in development and diseases.

Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology
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Biology contravenes entropy, yet many biological mechanisms are sensitive to noise and thus take advantage of entropy as a generative force. Stochastic mechanisms contribute to the production of antibodies, olfactory receptor choice, and neuronal self-avoidance. The Clowney lab is interested in how non-deterministic mechanisms requiring relatively little genetic information can produce diverse molecular affinities and cellular behaviors across cells of a single ontogenetic type.

Internal Medicine/Micro and Imm
Associate Director of CMB
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Molecular Mechanisms of HIV Disease Pathogenesis.

 

Cell & Developmental Biology
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Our laboratory studies differentiation and homeostasis in complex epithelia, in health and in disease (e.g., monogenic disorders, cancer). We study these processes from the unique perspective of the keratin intermediate filament multigene family, and focus on skin epithelia. Our research activities range from the creation and validation of transgenic mouse models in vivo to biochemical and biophysical studies on purified proteins in vitro.

Mentor:
Manoj Puthenveedu
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
Penn State University
Honors:
NSF GRFP awardee, ARCS foundation Pittsburgh Chapter award recipient.
Service:
Social committee (Carnegie Mellon), Graduate sciences teaching club (Carnegie Mellon)
Research Interests:
I study the biosynthetic trafficking of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). GPCR localization to the the cell surface is critical for functional coupling to both extracellular agonists and G-protein effectors on the plasma membrane. Despite the functional importance of GPCR localization to the plasma membrane, relatively little is known about the biosynthetic trafficking of these receptors to the cell surface. I would like to understand how the trafficking of these receptors to the cell surface is regulated and how we can target receptors to the surface to increase signaling.
Research Interests:

I study the biosynthetic trafficking of G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). GPCR localization to the the cell surface is critical for functional coupling to both extracellular agonists and G-protein effectors on the plasma membrane. Despite the functional importance of GPCR localization to the plasma membrane, relatively little is known about the biosynthetic trafficking of these receptors to the cell surface. I would like to understand how the trafficking of these receptors to the cell surface is regulated and how we can target receptors to the surface to increase signaling.

Mentor:
Billy Tsai
Year:
2013
Undergraduate Institution:
Westminster College
Honors:
CMB Training Grant, Rackham Travel Grant, Poster Presentation at FASEB “From misfolded proteins in the ER to Disease”.
Service:
CMB Career Development Committee (2014-2015), CMB Fall 2015 Short Course Committee (2014-2015), CMB Social Committee (2014-present)
Teaching Experience:
GSI for CDB 530 (Cell Biology) 2015
Research Interests:
ER-associated degradation of mutant proinsulins

 

Dr. William Dauer
Neurology
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We are focused on unraveling the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease and dystonia. Our studies are focused on disease genes that cause these disorders, employing a range of molecular, cellular, and whole animal studies to dissect the normal role of disease proteins, and how pathogenic mutations lead to disease.

Urology
Research Interests:
Proteolytic processing of tumor cells in prostate cancer metastasis. Regulation of novel E2F1 target genes following disruption of the Rb/E2F pathway in human cancer.

 

Cell and Systems Biology, Cell Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics/Gene Regulation, Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
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My laboratory studies disease mechanisms in cardiomyopathies with a major area of focus on regulation of the ubiquitin proteasome system in protein turnover and degradation. We are exploring the interaction between inflammation, proteasome dysfunction and ventricular remodeling in the heart. We are also interested in disease pathways triggered by sarcomere mutations in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and understanding the interactions of the mutant allele product with RNA and protein surveillance systems.

Mentor:
Allen Liu
Year:
2014
Undergraduate Institution:
SUNY Fredonia
Honors:
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, University of Michigan Maas Fellowship, Rackham Pre-Candidate Research Grant, University of Michigan Library Mini-Grant
Research Interests:

I am interested in developing spatial and temporally resolved proteomic techniques to study clathrin-mediated endocytosis.

Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases, Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Research Interests:

Our lab concentrates on the molecular characterization of common and rare variants in genes associated with bleeding or thrombosis risk in humans. Through the study of large cohorts of human subjects, we and others have identified genetic variants associated with altered risk for disease. In our lab, we employ molecular and cellular techniques, such as mammalian cell culture, proteomic profiling, genome-wide CRISPR mediated knock-out screens, and mutagenesis libraries to functionally characterize the altered molecular genetic mechanisms contributing to disease risk.

Mentor:
Yatrik Shah
Year:
2015
Undergraduate Institution:
Ohio State University
Honors:
Shapiro/ Malik/ Forrest Award, Rackham Pre-Candidate Research Grant
Service:
PIBS 2015 Social Committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County, Lean In for Graduate Students, CMB Career Committee
Research Interests:

Studying the role of the immune system in colon cancer development.

Dermatology
Research Interests:

Embryonic signaling pathways in development, regeneration, and neoplasia.

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