Faculty

Ram Menon

Ram Menon, MD

Pediatrics
Research Interests:
The development of diabetic kidney disease and understanding the mechanisms underlying the role of growth hormone in the causation of certain chronic complications of type 1 diabetes mellitus.
Sofia Merajver

Sofia Merajver, MD, PhD

Internal Medicine
Research Interests:
Molecular genetics of aggressive breast cancer phenotypes and hereditary breast cancer. Angiogenesis, molecular therapeutics.
Michele, Daniel

Dan Michele, PhD

Professor and Interim Chair of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Anti-Racism Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training
Research Interests:
Muscular dystrophy, muscle, cardiomypathy, disease modeling
Jason Miller

Jason Miller, MD, PhD

James Grosfeld Professor and Assistant Professor
Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Research Interests:
Age-related macular degeneration, retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), induced pluripotent stem cells and primary culture, metabolism and lipid biology, lysosome and autophagy
Accepting New Students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Anti-Racism Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training
Stephanie Moon

Stephanie Moon, PhD

Assistant Professor of Human Genetics
Faculty Scholar of the Center for RNA Biomedicine
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Translation, integrated stress response, RNA Biology, stress granules, neurological disease
John Moran

John Moran, PhD

Gilbert S. Omenn Collegiate Professor of Human Genetics
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Mobile Genetic Elements; Human Genome structure, function, and evolution; molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics
Richard Mortensen

Richard Mortensen, MD, PhD

Internal Medicine/Mol. Integ. Physiol
Research Interests:
Molecular Mechanisms of Insulin Resistance, inflammation, metabolic disorders and associated cardiovascular disease.
Jacob Mueller

Jacob Mueller, PhD

Human Genetics
Assistant Professor
Accepting New Students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Sex chromosomes, spermatogenesis, large palindromes, selfish genes
Martin Myers

Martin Myers, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine
Director of the Michigan Diabetes Research Center and the Caswell Diabetes Institute
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
Implicit Bias Training
Research Interests:
hypothalamus, brainstem, obesity, diabetes, leptin
Jayakrishnan Nandakumar

Jayakrishnan Nandakumar, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology
Accepting new students?
Possibly
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Intercultural Training, Self-Identified: International, Person of Color, South Asian, Indian
Research Interests:
Telomerase, Telomeres, Meiosis, Cancer, Stem cells.
Patrick O'Brien

Patrick O'Brien, PhD

Associate Professor of Biological Chemistry
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Anti-Racism Training, CMB DEI Month Book Club, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training
Research Interests:
Molecular mechanisms of DNA repair, replication, and mutagenesis. Biochemical, biophysical and cellular studies of dynamic protein-DNA interactions
Melanie Ohi

Melanie Ohi, PhD

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
pathogenesis, cryo-EM, structural biology, membrane proteins
Puck Ohi

Ryoma "Puck" Ohi, PhD

Cell and Developmental Biology
Research Interests
The R. Ohi laboratory uses live cell imaging and reconstitution biochemistry to understand how MTs are organized and remodeled during cell division.
Akira Ono

Akira Ono, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
Implicit Bias Training, Anti-Racism Training, Intercultural Training, Bystander Training, I am a Rackham Faculty Ally for Diversity and a previous Lead of the DEI Committee for my home department
Research Interests:
virus assembly; virus entry; protein trafficking; protein-RNA interaction; protein-membrane interaction
Carole Parent

Carole Parent, PhD

Raymond and Lynne Ruddon Collegiate Professor of Cancer Biology and Pharmacology
Research Professor of the Life Sciences Institute
Accepting new students?
No
Trainings or Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training
Research Interests:
Cell migration, signaling, immune responses, cancer invasion
Henry Paulson

Henry Paulson, MD, PhD

Neurology
Research Interests:
Polyglutamine neurodegenerative disease; Spinocerebellar Ataxia type 3; RNA interference as potential therapy including studies of polyglutamine diseases and Alzheimer's disease

Jillian Pearring, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Change It Up!, EMBO Laboratory Leadership Training
Research Interests:
Photoreceptor Cell Biology, Membrane Trafficking, Ciliogenesis, Inherited Retinal Disease
Sethu Pitchiaya

Sethu Pitchiaya, PhD

Assistant Professor
Urology
Accepting New Students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Gene regulation, RNA biology, Cancer Biology, Stress response, Single-cell and single-molecule analysis
Scott Pletcher

Scott Pletcher, PhD

Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Disability Awareness Training, HHMI Gilliam Mentor
Research Interests:
Neural control of aging
Lev Prasso

Lev Prasov, PhD

Assistant Professor of Ophthamology and Visual Sciences
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Genetics, eye disease, developmental disorders

Ling Qi, PhD

Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine-Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes
Research Interests:
We are interested in the role of protein folding and degradation in endoplasmic reticulum and inflammation in human health and disease.
Malini Raghavan

Malini Raghavan, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Allyship Training, Anti-Racism Training, CMB DEI Task Force, Intercultural Training, First Generation-Identified
Research Interests:
Immunity to Virus Infections and Cancers
Ragunathan, Kaushik

Kaushik Ragunathan, PhD

Biological Chemistry
Research Interests:
We take a multidisciplinary perspective that synthesizes genetics, biochemistry and biophysical approaches to capture cellular processes across different spatial and temporal regimes.
Rao

Rajesh Rao, MD

Leonard G. Miller Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, Pathology, and Human Genetics
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Stem cells, organoids, retina, epigenetics, blindness
Alnawaz Rehemtulla

Alnawaz Rehemtulla, PhD

Radiation Oncology
Research Interests:
Genetic basis of therapeutic resistance in glioblastoma and identification of therapeutic targets that reverses resistance to standard of care therapies.
Mark Russell

Mark Russell, MD

Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
Research Interests:
Dr. Russell is studying mechanisms of cardiac and skeletal myofibril assembly, alignment and structural support.
Audrey Seasholtz

Audrey Seasholtz, PhD

Biological Chemistry
Research Interests:
Molecular mediators of stress and anxiety; regulation and role of CRH, the CRH receptors and CRH-binding protein in stress; mechanisms of transcriptional regulation; transgenic mice.
Randy Seeley

Randy Seeley

HK Ransom Endowed Professor
Surgery
Accepting New Students?
No
Research Interests
Gut-brain axis, obesity, type 2 diabetes, nutrition

JoAnn Sekiguchi, PhD

Internal Medicine
Research Interests:
Our lab studies mechanisms of DNA repair and how aberrant repair processes affect genomic stability, predisposition to cancer and immune system development.
Yatrik Shah

Yatrik Shah, PhD

Molec & Integrative Physiology
Research Interests
The major goal of our research program is to determine the molecular mechanisms by which oxygen sensing transcription factors regulate gastrointestinal homeostasis, inflammation and cancer.

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