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Kanakadurga Singer

Kanakadurga Singer, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Accepting new students?
Possibly
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Change It Up!, Intercultural Training, Bystander Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training
Research Interests:
Research in the Singer lab is focused on understanding the influence of diet-induced obesity on hematopoiesis and the generation of activated macrophages that lead to metabolic disease.
Janet Smith

Janet Smith, PhD

Department of Biological Chemistry
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
protein structure-function, antiviral proteins, virulence factors, biosynthetic enzymes
Alen Smrcka

Alan Smrcka, PhD

Benedict Lucchesi Professor of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
Accepting new students?
No
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Allyship Training, Anti-Racism Training, Intercultural Training, Disability Awareness Training, Bystander Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training
Research Interests:
G protein and Receptor Mediated Signal Transduction
Soleimanpour, Asash

Scott Soleimanpour, MD

Internal Medicine
Research Interests
All forms of diabetes share the common etiology of insufficient insulin release from pancreatic islet beta cells to meet peripheral insulin demand.
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.
Corey Speers

Corey Speers, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
Associate Residency Program Director
Accepting new students?
Not until 2022
Research Interests:
translational research, breast cancer, radiosensitization
Katherine Spindler

Katherine Spindler, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Accepting new students?
No
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Bystander Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training, ADVANCE STRIDE trainer
Research Interests:
Virology, pathogenesis
Lauren Surface

Lauren Surface

Assistant Professor
School of Dentistry
Accepting New Students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Molecular responses of osteogenic cells, drug mechanisms of action, endocrinology
Andrew Tai

Andrew Tai, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Accepting New Students?
No
Trainings and Identities:
Implicit Bias Training, Anti-Racism Training, Bystander Training
Research Interests:
virus-cell interaction, positive-strand RNA viruses, flaviviruses, cell biology of RNA virus infeciton
Greg Tall

Gregory Tall, PhD

Pharmacology
Research Interests:
G protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) activate heterotrimeric G proteins to control myriad signaling pathways and physiological processes.
Peter Todd

Peter Todd, MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Anti-Racism Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training, member, DEI recruitment and retention committee, Neurology
Research Interests:
Nucleotide Repeat expansions; protein translation; neurodegeneration; RNA biology; ALS/FTD; Ataxia.
Ray Trievel

Ray Trievel, PhD

Biological Chemistry
Research Interests:
Our laboratory is interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying chromatin modifications that regulate gene expression and other chromatin-associated functions.
Hanh Truong

Hanh Truong

Joined CMB:
2017
CMB Mentor:
Jillian Pearring, Ph.D.
Honors:
Rackham Merit Fellowship
Research Interests:
Studying the photoreceptor specific role of the transition zone in ciliogenesis and outer segment formation.
Matthias Truttmann

Matthias Truttmann, PhD

Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
Implicit Bias Training, Intercultural Training
Research Interests:
The Truttmann laboratory studies molecular chaperone functions in the context of proteostasis, aging and aging-associated diseases
Billy Tsai

Billy Tsai, PhD

Corydon Ford Collegiate Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Virus-host interactions, protein quality control, endoplasmic reticulum.
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.

Sriram Venneti, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Cancer Biology-Department of Pathology
Research Interests
The aims of our research are to understand the core mechanisms that drive brain cancers such as diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas( DIPG) and ependymomas in children, as well as gliomas in adults.
Kristen Verhey

Kristen Verhey, PhD

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Accepting new students?
No
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Bystander Training, Gender Bias or Discrimination Training
Research Interests:
Cytoskeleton, intracellular trafficking, microtubules, kinesin motor proteins, cilia
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.
Niles Walter

Nils Walter, PhD

Francis S. Collins Collegiate Professor of Chemistry
Biophysics & Biological Chemistry
Founding Co-Director, Center for RNA Biomedicine
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Implicit Bias Training, Allyship Training, Intercultural Training, Bystander Training
Research Interests:
The Walter group studies the cellular and molecular biology of ubiquitous non-coding RNAs
Yanzhuang Wang

Yanzhuang Wang, PhD

Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Accepting New Students?
Yes
Research Interests:
Golgi biogenesis, function, and defects in diseases
Zhong Wang

Zhong Wang, PhD

Associate Director of Cardiac Surgery
Accepting new students?
Yes
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Everyday Bias in Healthcare (through OHEI), Department DEI committee member; NIH and AHA DEI training
Research Interests:
Heart regeneration using a combination of stem cells, small molecules, bioengineering, and large animal models.
Chase Weidmann

Chase Weidmann

Assistant Professor
Biological Chemistry
Accepting New Students?
Yes
Research Interests:
ribonucleoproteins, RNA structure, noncoding RNA, cancer biology, regulation of gene expression
Lois Weisman

Lois Weisman, PhD

Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:
We seek to understand essential cellular processes — using cultured neurons, cell lines and yeast — in order to shed new light on neurodegeneration, cancer and other diseases.
Stephen Weiss

Stephen Weiss, PhD

Internal Medicine
Research Interests:
Normal as well as neoplastic cell populations remodel the extracellular matrix by regulating the expression of complex gene programs that control cell motility, proteolytic activity, proliferation.
Megan Weivoda

Megan Weivoda, PhD

Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Research Interests:
The mechanisms by which multi-nucleated osteoclasts stimulate osteoblastic bone formation in order to identify therapeutic targets to promote bone formation in aging and cancer-induced bone disease.
Margaret Westfall

Margaret Westfall, PhD

Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Accepting new students?
No
Research Interests:
Cardiac myocyte; Sarcomere; Post-translational Modifications; Protein kinase
Max Wicha

Max Wicha, MD

Internal Medicine
Research Interests:
Effects of extracellular matrix components on cell growth and differentiation. Cancer stem cells.

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