Primary Faculty

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Pierre Coulombe

Pierre Coulombe

G. Carl Huber Professor
Department Chair, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Dermatology
Research Focus: Epithelia, skin, cell differentiation, tissue homeostasis, tissue repair, genetic diseases, cancer, intermediate filament, keratin, nucleus
734-615-7509
Ben Allen

Ben Allen

James Douglas Engel Collegiate Professor
Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Director, University of Michigan Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program
Associate Director, Cellular & Molecular Biology Graduate Program
Associate Director, Center for Cell Plasticity & Organ Design
Faculty Advisor, Developing Future Biologists
Research Focus: Hedgehog Signaling, Vertebrate Embryogenesis, Cancer, Stem Cell Biology, Adult Tissue Homeostasis, Renewal and Regeneration
734-615-7512

Scott Barolo

Director, Program in Biomedical Sciences
Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Gene regulation and signal transduction in development, structure and function of transcriptional enhancers, and enhancer evolution
734-764-7295

Hisham Bazzi

Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Mouse development, skin morphogenesis, embryonic stem cells, signaling pathways, cell cycle, cell division, cytoskeleton, centrosomes

Dawen Cai

Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Associate Professor, Biophysics
Research Focus: Neuronal stem cell, single-cell transcriptome, Neural circuit formation, plasticity
734-764-2017

Mara Duncan

Associate Chair, Diversity, Equity, Inclusivity, and Community, Cell & Developmental Biology
Associate Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Intracellular traffic, cell polarity & organelle functions in stem cells and yeast
734-763-4106

Doug Engel

Elizabeth C. Crosby Collegiate Professor
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Focus: hematopoiesis, erythropoiesis, T cell development, hematopoietic stem cells, transcription
734-615-7509

Diane Fingar

Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Director, Graduate Studies, Cell & Development Biology
Research Focus: Cell signaling; growth factors; nutrients; protein kinases; mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR); mTORC1; mTORC2; cell growth; cell proliferation; cell survival
734-763-7541

Roman Giger

Dr. Richard Mark Newman Research Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Neurology
Research Focus: Nervous system regeneration, sciatic nerve, optic nerve, axon growth, neuroinflammation, axon-glia interaction, myelination, mouse genetics
734-647-2090
Idse Heemskerk

Idse Heemskerk

Assistant Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor, Physics
Affiliate, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
Affiliate, Biomedical Engineering
Research Focus: stem cells, mammalian development, signaling & patterning dynamics, morphogenesis, mathematical modeling, biological physics
734-936-0186

Michael Hortsch

Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Learning Health Sciences
Research Focus: Medical education, histology, e-learning, educational technology, virtual microscopy
734-647-2720

Ajit Joglekar

Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Biophysics
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Research Focus: Cell division, genome stability, signal transduction and signaling, bioengineering, cancer cell biology
734-764-2474
Lin lab

Jiandie Lin

Bradley M. Patten Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Research Focus: nutrient signaling, interorgan crosstalk, metabolic disease, tissue microenvironment, transcription, liver cancer, single-cell biology
734-615-3512

Changyang Linghu

Assistant Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Member, Single Cell Spatial Analysis Program
Affiliate, Biomedical Engineering
Affiliate, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Research Focus: Biotechnology, Signaling Network Dynamics, Gene Expression Histories, Mechanobiology, Biomedical and Optical Imaging, Protein Engineering, Biosensors and Bioactuators, Neuroscience
Shyamal Mosalaganti

Shyamal Mosalaganti

Assistant Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Assistant Professor, Biophysics
Research Focus: Cryo-electron tomography, in-situ structural biology, lysosomal membrane proteins, organelle contact sites, neurons
(734) 647-5557

Melanie Ohi

Rowena G. Matthews Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Research Focus: Single particle electron microscopy, cryo-electron microscopy, spliceosome, pre-mRNA splicing, S. pombe, structure biology, yeast genetics, bacterial pathogenesis, membrane proteins
734-763-6493

Ryoma Ohi

Associate Chair, Education & Training, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Mitosis, Cytokinesis, Microtubule, Kinesin, Microscopy, Reconstitution
734-763-3530

Chelsey Spriggs

Assistant Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Research Assistant Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Research Focus: Microbiology, virus-host interactions, intracellular trafficking, cancer
734-764-7295

Billy Tsai

Corydon Ford Collegiate Professor
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Focus: Host-pathogen interactions, ER protein quality control, viral infection, diabetes
734-764-4167

Kristen Verhey

A. Kent Christensen Collegiate Professor
Associate Chair, Research & Faculty Affairs, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Professor, Biophysics
Research Focus: Intracellular Trafficking, Microtubules, Motor proteins, Cilia, Axonal transport, Posttranslational Modifications
734-615-7787

Lois Weisman

Sarah Winans Newman Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Research Focus: Intracellular Trafficking, myosin V motors, signaling lipids, neurons, neurodegeneration, yeast, lysosomes
734-647-2539

Bing Ye

Burton L. Baker Collegiate Professor of the Life Sciences
Professor, Cell & Developmental Biology
Research Professor, Life Sciences Institute
Research Focus: Neuron, development, circuit, dendrite, axon, brain disorders, Drosophila, mouse
734-647-5992