Students

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(Includes Name, Title, Research Interests)
Ruth Azaria
Joined CMB:
2021
Mentor:
Dr. Megan Weivoda
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan
Student Organizations:
Women Excelling More in Math, Engineering, and the Sciences (FEMMES), Biointerfaces Interlaboratory Committees (BIONIC)
Research Interests:

Bone biology, osteoclasts, immunology, osteoporosis

MSTP Student
CMB Mentor:
Rami Khoriaty, M.D.
Year:
2017
MSTP Student
Mentor
Yatrik Shah
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
UCLA
Research Interests:

I am studying how immunotherapy such as treatment with PDL-1 and CTLA4 affects the immune profile of tumors in mice. We are interested in looking at the differences between responsive and unresponsive tumors.  I am also working on the role of how ER stress and glucose deprivation modulate Stat3 activation.

Mentor:
Karl Desch
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution
Bucknell University
Honors
Botanical Society of America Undergraduate Student Research Award Recipient (2017), Phi Sigma member (2018)
Mentor:
Josie Clowney
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Research Interests:

Understanding gene regulatory networks that govern neuronal circuit formation during development.

Mentor:
Dr. Yatrik Shah, co-mentor: Dr. Costas Lyssiotis
Year:
2019
Undergraduate Institution:
Emory University
Honors:
Phi Beta Kappa, HHMI EXROP fellowship
Service:
Editor for Journal of Emerging Investigators (JEI)
Research Interests:

Understanding the role of mitophagy in colon cancer iron regulation, and investigating metabolic regulations of ER-mitochondria contact sites in cancer.

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 Interests:

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.

Sam Collie
Joined CMB:
2021
Faculty Mentor:
Dr. Carole Parent
Undergraduate Institution:
Millsaps College
Research Interests:

Understanding the role of NETs in neutrophil-mediated immune functions as well as the intercellular signaling cascade surrounding this process. 

Mentor:
Dr. Melanie Ohi
Year:
2019
Undergraduate Institution:
Truman State University
Research Interests:

 I am studying the H. pylori virulence factor vacuolating cytotoxin A (VacA). Using single-particle cryo-EM, I am determining VacA's pore-form and characterizing its membrane interactions. 

Adele Correia
Joined CMB:
2021
Mentor:
Dr. Andrew Lieberman
Research Interests:

I study the mechanisms of neurodegeneration in Niemann-pick type C disease, an autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder

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. 

Mentor:
Ryan Baldridge
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
University of California, Berkeley
Teaching Experience:
Undergraduate Intern for the Seattle Children's Research Institute's Science Adventure Lab program
Service:
Volunteer at Tiny Lions (part of the Humane Society of Huron Valley); Mentor for InnoWorks Camp
Research Interests:

Protein Quality Control Pathways

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MSTP Student
Mentor:
James Bardwell
Year in CMB:
2019
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan
Research Interests:

Protein therapeutics - evolution, delivery, and design

Mentor:
Dr. Megan Weivoda, co-mentor: Dr. Evan Keller.
Year:
2019
Undergraduate Institution:
Loras College - Dubuque, IA
Honors:
ECTS and ASBMR Young Investigator Award, Ed Cawley Undergraduate Research Thesis Scholarship Recipient
Service:
PIBS preview weekend host, 'Matchathon' orientation event organizer
Research Interests:

Bone biology, osteoclasts, aging, osteoporosis, immunology 

Mentor:
Michael Cianfrocco
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
Mississippi State University & University of Wisconsin at Madison
Service:
Science Saturdays coordinator for community outreach in Madison, WI 2017-2018; DNA Day 2019
Research Interests:

The use of cryo-electron microscopy to study the mitochondrial membrane protein, Miro.

Najia Elkahlah
Joined CMB:
2021
Mentor:
Dr. Josie Clowney
Research Interests:

Understanding the genetic mechanisms regulating the development and function of neural circuits controlling innate behaviors

Understanding the genetic mechanisms regulating the
development and function of neural circuits controlling innate behaviors.

 

Carina Elvira
Joined CMB:
2021
Mentor:
Dr. Paul Jenkins
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Chicago
Research Interests:

Role of Ankyrins in neuropsychiatric disorders, such as bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorder. 

Mentor:
Jordan Shavit
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
University of South Florida
Service:
AWIS, Forsythe Middle School Student Mentor, Patient Companionship, Caregiver Relief and Pet Visit Volunteer (Hospice), Road to Recovery Driver (American Cancer Society), Oyster Gardner (Restore the Shore, Brevard County FL)
Honors:
Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award
Jacqueline Forson
Joined CMB:
2021
Mentor:
Dr. Ryan Baldridge
Research Interests:

Protein Quality Control 

Elizabeth Gensterblum-Miller
Mentor:
Chad Benner
Year:
2017
Undergraduate Institution
Michigan State University
Mentor:
Scott Soleimanpour
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
Western Washington University Honors College
Service:
Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, Michigan Health Sciences Pre Exposure Academy, UROP mentoring
Research Interests:
I work in a beta-cell biology and diabetes lab. We are investigating how a selective form of autophagy, mitophagy, contributes to beta-cell bioenergetics and insulin secretion.
Research Interests:

I work in a beta-cell biology and diabetes lab.  We are investigating how a selective form of autophagy, mitophagy, contributes to beta-cell bioenergetics and insulin secretion.

MSTP Student
Mentor:
Sami Barmada, M.D., Ph.D.
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
Tufts University
Mentor:
Alice Telesnitsky
Undergraduate Institution
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Service
AWIS
Research Interests:

Structural dynamics of HIV-1 RNA

James Haggerty-Skeans
MSTP Student
Mentor:
Sriram Venneti, M.D., Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
UCLA
Research Interests:

Our lab studies how epigenetic and metabolic dysregulation influence the development and biology of pediatric brain tumors. My work focuses on a novel epigenetic modifier, EZHIP, which is overexpressed in a subtype of childhood brain cancer known as PF-A ependymomas. EZHIP inhibits polycomb-mediated trimethylation at histone H3 lysine 27 (H3K27me3), a transcriptionally repressive chromatin modifying mark. EZHIP overexpression gives rise to a global reduction in H3K27me3 marks throughout the genome that is poorly prognostic. My project aims to understand the mechanisms regulating EZHIP...

Maha Hamed
Joined CMB:
2020
Mentor:
Dr. Mara Duncan
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Missouri
Honors:
Rackham Merit Fellowship (2019), NIH IMSD EXPRESS Fellowship (2016-2019)
Service:
FEMMES, Wolverine Pathways
Research Interests:

Investigating the role of membrane trafficking in development

Mara Harwood
Joined CMB:
2018
Mentor:
Dr. Billy Tsai
Undergraduate Institutions:
Grays Harbor College and Mills College
Research Interests:

Intracellular Trafficking Mechanisms of Human Papillomavirus (HPV)

MSTP Student
Mentor:
Eva Feldman
Year:
2017
Mentor:
Scott Pletcher, Ph.D.
Doofus
Mentor:
Scott Leiser
Year:
2017
Undergraduate Institution:
University of North Carolina
MSTP Student
Mentor:
Benjamin Levi, MD
Year in CMB:
2019
Undergraduate Institution:
Duke University
Research Interests:

Heterotopic ossification, lymphatic development, tendon repair

Mentor:
William Dauer
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Service:
Activities Facilitator at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum; Flint water distribution volunteer; TA for ‘lab on wheels’ biotechnology class for 9th grade students; Volunteer judge at Forsythe middle school science fair; PIBS 2016 social committee; CMB Career committee; DEI Career development committee.
Research Interest:
Studying the mechanism of nuclear pore complex formation in neurons and the role of torsinA with regards to nuclear pore biology.
Research Interests:

Studying the mechanism of nuclear pore complex formation in neurons and the role of torsinA with regards to nuclear pore biology

MSTP Student
Mentor:
Ariella Shikanov
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
Bowdoin College
Research Interests:
Understanding the reproductive consequences of testosterone administration for transgender men using a mouse model. Using an immuno-isolating hydrogel to restore ovarian endocrine function and prevent cancer metastasis.
Mentor:
Billy Tsai, Ph.D.
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan
Research Interests:

ER protein quality control mechanisms and ER-phagy

Mentor:
Manojkumar Puthenveedu
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Maryland
Research Interest:
Identify and examine the homeostatic regulation of mu-opioid receptor recycling and study its regulatory signaling pathway. Study and identify the cellular molecules required for opioid receptor trafficking and signaling in response to various neuropeptides.
Research Interests:

Identify and examine the homeostatic regulation of mu-opioid receptor recycling and study its regulatory signaling pathway. Study and identify the cellular molecules required for opioid receptor trafficking and signaling in response to various neuropeptides.

MSTP Student
Mentor:
Anthony Antonellis
Year:
2016
Service:
MSTP Ethics Committee (2017), MSTP Retreat Social Committee (2016, 2017), MSTP Retreat Snack Committee (2017), Doctors of Tomorrow Mentor (2015-2016), MiHealth Leadership Team (2016-2017), Teen Night Coordinator at Mott Children’s Hospital (2016)
Research Interest:
Molecular mechanisms of disease-associated tRNA synthetase mutations.
Mentor:
Matthias Truttmann, Ph.D.
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
Colgate University
Service:
InnoWorks and Rackham Student Government Biological Sciences Representative
Research Interests:

Investigating the role of AMPylation on Hsp70 chaperones in Neurodegenerative Disease models

 

Faculty Mentor:
Ariella Shikanov
Year:
2021
Undergraduate Institution:
Brandeis University
Master's Degree:
Reproductive Science and Medicine, Northwestern University
Research Interests:

Interested in human ovarian folliculogenesis and fertility preservation

Mentor:
Sue Hammoud
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Washington
Research Interests:
Investigating the function of paternally-inherited histones during early embryogenesis.
Research Interests:

Investigating the function of paternally-inherited histones during early embryogenesis.

Mentor:
Daniel Beard
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
California State University, Fullerton
Honors:
Rackham Merit Fellowship
Research Interests:

 Developing a device to simultaneously measure NADH generation and oxygen consumption in mitochondria in order to investigate the role of metabolic intermediates in bioenergetics. The data collected will be used to develop a computer model of the system. 

Michael McMillan
Mentor:
Sami Barmada
Year:
2017
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ariel McShane
Mentor:
Mats Ljungman
Year:
2017
Undergraduate Institution:
College of Charleston
Mentor:
Mark Chiang, Ph.D.
Year:
2018
Undergraduate Institution:
Michigan State University
Service:
Rackham Student Government Biological and Health Sciences Representative, Executive Position for Student Advocates for Graduate Education (SAGE)
Honors:
2018 Outstanding Master's Student, First Place at MSU Animal Science Graduate Research Forum Oral Presentation, First runner-up at Michigan Alliance for Reproductive Technologies and Sciences Poster Presentation, Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund Grant, First runner-up MSU Graduate Academic Conference Oral Presentation
Research Interests:

My research focuses on investigating Notch cofactors that may regulate Notch signaling in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia   

Mentor:
Marina Pasca Di Magliano
Year:
2016
Research Interest:
Investigating the Role of Arginase 1 in the Pancreatic Cancer Microenvironment.
Anna Michmerhuizen
Mentor:
Corey Speers
Year:
2017
Undergraduate Institution:
Calvin College
Honors:
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting Scholar-In-Training Award (2020, 2021), Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (2021-2022)
Service:
Association for Women in Science (AWIS), Michigan DNA Day Ambassador
Research Interests:

Understanding the role of nuclear hormone receptors in the radiosensitization of breast cancers.

Harihar Milaganur Mohan
Mentor:
Henry Paulson, M.D., Ph.D.
Year:
2019
Undergraduate Institution:
SASTRA University, India
Honors:
SASTRA University Dean’s Merit Scholar (2013-17)
Service:
Treasurer, AMS (2020-21); Volunteer for SACNAS science outreach workshop at Sault Ste. Marie, MI (2019); Michigan DNA Day microbiology module (2017)
Research Interests:

Using cell lines and neuronal models to investigate molecular mechanisms of Ubiquilin-2 (UBQLN2) regulation in normal cellular function and ALS caused by UBQLN2 mutations.

Mentor:
Dr. Peter Todd
Year:
2019
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Colorado Boulder
Research Interests:

Understanding translation regulation of G4C2 repeat-containing transcripts in C9orf72-associated ALS/FTD.

Mentor:
Sue Hammoud
Year:
2015
Undergraduate Institution:
Miami University
Research Interests:

Identification of novel non-histone substrates of methyltransferases as well as structural and functional characterization of KDM5 demethylases

Allyson Munneke
Mentor:
Scott Pletcher
Year:
2016
Undergraduate Institution:
Butler University
Services:
FEMMES and WISE, CMB DEI Task Force Student Ally
Research Interests:

Aging, Neuroscience, Behavior

Amanda Orosco
Joined CMB:
2021
Mentor
Dr. Pierre Coulombe
Research Interests:

Role of keratin proteins in epithelial differentiation and epithelial homeostasis

Mentor:
Pierre Coulombe, Ph.D.
Year:
2018
Service:
UCSF STEM Career Day ambassador; Center for Cellular Construction representative for Bay Area Science Festival; Marine Biological Laboratory representative for professional development Face-to-face Networking.
Honors:
Rackham Merit Fellowship; Benard L. Maas Foundation Endowed Medical Fellowship Fund; Genentech Foundation Dissertation, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE), and Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC), and a SBD Choose Development scholar;
Teaching:
MBL Embryology Course assistant; Assisted with lab demos and mentorship while participating in discussion of STEM related topics for local Carver Scholars from middles schools in the bay area.
Research Interests:

Using biochemical and microscopy approaches with cell culture and mouse models, I am fascinated to reveal nuclear Keratin’s role in DNA damage response mechanisms.

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