Meet the Team

Scott Soleimanpour, MD

Scott Soleimanpour, MD

  • Position: Principal Investigator
  • Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
  • Education: BS in Integrated Life Sciences, Kent State University (Combined BS/MD program); HHMI-NIH Research Scholar, NIH, Maryland;
    MD, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine; Residency, Internal Medicine, Hospital of the University of Penn; Fellowship, Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism, Hospital of the University of Penn

 

Biaoxin Chai, PhD

Biaoxin Chai, PhD

  • Position: Research Lab Specialist
  • Hometown: Gansu, China
  • Education: BS in Pharmacy, Lanzhou University; MS in Biochemistry, Lanzhou University; MS in Biostatistics, University of Michigan; PhD in Pharmacology, Institute of Beijing Radiation Medicine
  • Focus of project: Molecular biology to determine functions of Clec16a and assist in other research projects

 

Morgan Gingerich, BS

Morgan Gingerich, BS

  • Position: Graduate Student
  • Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
  • Education: BS in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Western Washington University
  • Focus of project: Clec16a structure-function relationships, focusing on regions lost in a disease-associated variant of Clec16a

 
 

Elena Levi-D’Ancona, BS

Elena Levi-D’Ancona, BS

  • Position: Graduate Student
  • Hometown: Oak Park, IL
  • Education: BS in Biochemistry, Tulane University

 
 
 
 
 

Anne Lietzke, BS

Anne Lietzke, BS

  • Position: Graduate Student in Pharmacology
  • Hometown: Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Education: BS in Biochemistry, Indiana University Bloomington

 
 
 
 
 

Gemma Pearson, PhD

Gemma Pearson, PhD

  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Hometown: Sydney, Australia
  • Education: Bachelor of Medical Science, University of Technology, Sydney; PhD in Cell Biology and Biochemistry, UNSW Australia
  • Focus of project: Understanding how mitochondrial function regulates beta-cell identity and function

 
 
 
Emma Reck

  • Position: Research Assistant, former Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) student
  • Hometown: Howell, MI
  • Education: Current University of Michigan undergraduate

 

Vaibhav Sidarala, PhD

Vaibhav Sidarala, PhD

  • Position: Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Hometown: Hyderabad, India
  • Education: BS in Pharmacy, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences; PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Wayne State University
  • Focus of project: Examine mitochondrial health and function in pancreatic beta cells under the duress of pro-inflammatory cytokines

 
 

Emily Walker, PhD

Emily Walker, PhD

  • Position: Research Investigator; Web Design Lead/Webmaster
  • Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD
  • Education: BS in Biology, University of Nebraska; PhD in Cell Biology, Medical College of Wisconsin

 
 
 
 

Jie Zhu, MS

Jie Zhu, MS

  • Position: Lab Manager
  • Hometown: Suzhou, China
  • Education: Bachelor of Medicine (Pediatrics), Nanjing Medical University; Master of Science in Hematology, Suzhou University; Master of Medical Informatics, Northwestern University School of Professional Study
  • Focus of project: Lab mouse colony maintenance, perform animal surgeries and assist in other projects, maintain general lab operations

 

Alumni

  • Tracy Stromer - State of Michigan Crime Laboratory
  • Xueying Liu, MD - Cardiology Fellow, Fuwai University, China
  • Aaron Renberg, MD/PhD student - University of Michigan
  • Aditi Gupta - Medical student and HHMI med scholar, Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Alana Ferrari, PharmD - Pharmacy resident, Duke University