Students

Karena Lin

Joined CMB:
2022
Mentor:
Mark Chiang, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Cancer biology, leukemia

Jordan Machlin

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Ariella Shikanov, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Brandeis University
Research Interests:
Interested in human ovarian folliculogenesis and fertility preservation

Gabriel Manske

Joined CMB:
2017
CMB Mentor:
Sue Hammoud, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Washington
Research Interests:
Investigating the function of paternally-inherited histones during early embryogenesis.
Collin Marshall

Collin Marshall

Joined CMB:
2019
CMB Mentor:
Daniel Beard, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
California State University, Fullerton
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.
Ariel McShane

Ariel McShane

Joined CMB:
2018
CMB Mentor:
Mats Ljungman, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
College of Charleston
Ashley Melnick

Ashley Melnick

Joined CMB:
2019
CMB Mentor:
Mark Chiang, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Michigan State University
Research Interests:
My research focuses on investigating Notch cofactors that may regulate Notch signaling in T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Harihar Mohan

Harihar Milaganur Mohan

Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Henry Paulson, MD, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
SASTRA University, India
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.
Shannon Miller

Shannon Miller

Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Peter Todd, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Colorado Boulder
Research Interests:
Understanding translation regulation of G4C2 repeat-containing transcripts in C9orf72-associated ALS/FTD.
Lwar Naing

Lwar Naing

Joined CMB:
2022
CMB Mentor:
Marilia Cascalho, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Virology, Host Defense, Immunology
Charles Nino

Charles Nino

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Corey Speers, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Targeted Therapy Radiosensitization in Breast Cancer
Amanda Orosco

Amanda Orosco

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Pierre Coulombe, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Role of keratin proteins in epithelial differentiation and epithelial homeostasis
Kendall Perkins

Kendall Perkins

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Paul Jenkins, Ph.D.
Former Institutions:
Rollins College: BA Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan: MS Biological Chemistry
Research Interests:
Ankyrin proteins, bipolar disorder, iPSC derived neurons
Christopher Pineda

Christopher Pineda

Joined CMB:
2019
CMB Mentor:
Pierre Coulombe, Ph.D.
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.
Madison Pletan

Madison Pletan

Joined CMB:
2019
CMB Mentor:
Billy Tsai, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Hillsdale College
Research Interests:
Understanding how polyomaviruses exploit host cell machinery to enter the nucleus
Rachael Powers

Rachael Powers

Joined CMB:
2022
CMB Mentor:
Henry Paulson, MD, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Neurodegeneration, spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3), Huntington's disease (HD)
Matt Pun

Matt Pun

MSTP Student
Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Sriram Venneti, Ph.D.
Undergrad Institution:
Duke University
Research Interests:
Chromatin, transcription, cell differentiation, cancer
Brynne Raines

Brynne Raines

Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Goutham Narla, MD, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Research Interests
I am interested in understanding and identifying mechanisms of resistance to anti-neoplastic drugs.
Aaron Renberg

Aaron Renberg

MSTP Student
Joined CMB:
2022
Mentor:
Adam Helms, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan
Student Organizations:
Galens Medical Society;Pediatrics Student Interest Group
Anthony Robison

Anthony Robinson

Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Roman Giger, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Research Interests
How the regulation of Semaphorin and Plexin signaling affect brain development.
Nick Rossiter

Nick Rossiter

Joined CMB:
2022
Mentor:
Yatrik Shah, Costas Lyssiotis
Research Interests:
Cancer metabolism, methylglyoxal sensitivity, CRISPR screening, bioinformatics
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Notre Dame, B.S. (2019)
Sonya Royzenblat

Sonya Royzenblat

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Peter Freddolino, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Wayne State University
Research Interests:
Evasion of enteric pathogens to the host immune system, and conversely, host immune system resistance against infection by enteric pathogens.
Charles Ryan

Charles Ryan

MSTP Student
Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Indika Rajapakse, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Syracuse University
Research Interests:
Controllability of cell fate decision making. Cell reprogramming and transcription factor delivery modalities.
Ziad Sabry

Ziad Sabry

Joined CMB:
2022
CMB Mentor:
Zong Wang, Ph.D.
Siara Sandwith

Siara Sandwith

Joined CMB:
2022
Mentor:
John Moran, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
transposable elements
Ansley Semack Conchola

Ansley Semack Conchola

MSTP Student
Year in CMB:
2019
CMB Mentor:
Jason Spence, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Research Interests:
Using a human-based model organoid systems to recapitulate early embryonic development in vitro.
Melissa Seman

Melissa Seman

Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Kaushik Ragunathan, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Research Interests:
Epigenetics, Heterochromatin, S pombe
Madeline Shay

Madeline Shay

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Nicole Koropatkin, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Structural biology, microbiomes, host-microbe interactions
Katy Speckhart

Katy Speckhart

Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Billy Tsai, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Blackburn College
Research Interests:
Understanding the mechanisms of HPV cellular entry.
lulu Tsang

Lulu (Yi-Ju) Tseng

Joined CMB:
2019
CMB Mentor:
Peter Todd, MD, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Tunghai University, Taiwan

Angela Tuckowski

Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Scott Leiser, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Drexel University
Research Interests:
Aging and stress response pathways
Kate Van Pelt

Kate Van Pelt

Joined CMB:
2019
CMB Mentor:
Matthias Truttmann, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Protein aggregation dynamics in C. elegans polyglutamine disease models; Behavior and function of physiological polyglutamine-containing proteins
Nicholas Vangos

Nicholas Vangos

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Michael Cianfrocco, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
Investigating the mechanism behind recognition/regulation of modified microtubules using cryo-EM.
Maria Virgilio

Maria Virgilio

Joined CMB:
2018
CMB Mentor:
Kathy Collins, MD, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
William Smith College
Alex Vizurraga

Alex Vizurraga

Joined CMB:
2018
CMB Mentor:
Gregory Tall, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
Michigan Technological University
Gunseli Wallace

Gunseli Wallace

MSTP Student
Joined CMB:
2020
CMB Mentor:
Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan
Research Interests:
The mechanisms of myelin targeting in the inner ear.
Jonathan Williams

Jonathan Williams

Joined CMB:
2021
CMB Mentor:
Jayakrishnan Nandakumar, Ph.D.
Research Interests:
meiosis, protein structure

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