In August of 2018, Scott Barolo, Director of the Program in Biomedical Sciences, announced the appointment of three faculty members to the position of PIBS Associate DIrector, and one of these esteemed faculty is Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Nicole Koropatkin. Dr. Koropatkin received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and then performed her postdoctoral work at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO. She moved to the University of Michigan Department of Microbiology & Immunology in 2009 as Research Assistant Professor before being appointed Assistant Professor in 2014. Her federally funded laboratory uses protein crystallography to study how gut bacteria acquire carbohydrate nutrition.
Under the direction of PIBS Director, Dr. Barolo, and working with specialists on the OGPS staff, each PIBS Associate Director will provide leadership in areas such as research rotation advising, mentoring and development of mentorship skills; new initiatives supporting community, inclusion, and mental health/wellness; curriculum; and every other aspect of the PhD training experience. In addition, as Associate Director, Dr. Koropatkin will serve as a head-of-house of one of four new "PIBS Communities," groups of ~20 first-year PIBS students designed to foster community-building, service and mentorship.
The Department has long been aware of Dr. Koropatkin's love of and affinity for teaching and mentoring of trainees, and we're thrilled that the medical school has recognized her talent and tapped her for this important role for which she is singularly and well suited. Well done, Dr. Koropatkin!