Current Lab Personnel:



Ormond A. MacDougald, Ph.D., Principal Investigator  

Ormond MacDougald was recruited to UM in 1996 as an Assistant Professor of Physiology. He is currently the John A Faulkner Chair of Physiology and Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, and Internal Medicine. Ormond’s interests include all aspects of adipose tissue biology, and training the next generation of scientists. Outside work he mainly spends time with his wife and four children but he also likes to woodwork, garden, and make music.

Ormond's curriculum vitae



Hiroyuki Mori, Research Investigator

My scientific career has focused on negative regulators of pathways relevant to diabetes and obesity. I have studied physiological and pathological role of each regulatory molecule, using cell and animal models. I graduated from Akita University School of Medicine in Japan and worked as a physician in the field of diabetes and metabolic diseases. I then pursued a graduate research degree and received my Ph.D. from Kyushu University in Japan. My thesis work focused on suppressor of cytokine signaling (SOCS), where we discovered that SOCS3 inhibits IL-6 signaling and regulates leptin receptor signaling in vivo. Subsequently, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Kun-Liang Guan’s laboratory at the University of Michigan, where I studied mTORC1’s role in a variety of cells and tissues, especially the hypothalamus and pancreatic beta cells. Then, I moved to the laboratory of Dr. Ormond MacDougald, where I studied the role of secreted frizzled-related protein 5 (Sfrp5), a negative regulator of WNT, in adipocyte biology using cultured adipocytes and a transgenic mouse model. I am studying the role of WNT11 in obesity-induced adipose tissue hypoxia, and also exploring the role of hypoxia-induced WNT11 in tumor progression.



Julie Hardij, Lab Manager

Julie joined MacLab in March of 2016, after moving to the United States from Belgium. She is fascinated by the small world that composes us: how do small cell components manage to communicate and work together in order to achieve important functions? Her first research project focused on tiny vesicles released by cells to influence pathways located in remote cells in a cancer context. Presently, she investigates the differences between populations of adipocytes in several mouse models, made more engaging by the diversity of approaches and techniques required by this work - between surgeries, dissections, proteomics, and genomics, there's a lot to learn from those adipose tissues! Raising two kids is currently taking up most of Julie's time, as they hike, stroll, and play whenever it is possible. Besides those precious family moments, Julie enjoys sewing, online shopping, and planning her next trips to explore the US. She loves lemons, and eats at least one every day, since lemons are one of the few things that we can eat in excess without consequence.






Callie joined the MacDougald lab in October 2016, after getting her PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis. Her graduate work focused on cell migration and cell-ECM interactions during cancer metastasis, and identified discoidin domain receptor 2 as a critical facilitator of breast cancer metastasis. Her current research interests include investigating the mechanisms underlying adipose tissue metabolism and how they are dysregulated during obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. In her spare time, Callie enjoys biking, calligraphy, painting, and playing outdoors with her dog Lucky.










In August of 2013, Ziru came to the University of Michigan as a visiting PhD student. After finishing her PhD from Peking University in China in 2014, she came back to U of M as a postdoctoral fellow. Ziru joined the MacDougald lab in 2016, where she is interested in obesity related metabolic disorders. Previously, her research was focused on gut hormones and fatty liver for several years. Ziru is now starting a study on bone marrow adipose, more specificially, the difference between MAT and WAT, their origins, property-differences, and their functional discrepancies. Outside of lab, Ziru loves handcrafting, and practicing yoga. 










Ken joined the MacDougald lab in January 2018, after completing his Ph.D. in Physiology at Wayne State University studying mechanisms of exocytosis. Ken’s interests in the lab include investigating the role of free fatty acids in regulating adipokine secretion and determining the developmental origins of bone marrow adipocytes. Outside of lab he enjoys wilderness backpacking with his wife and two dogs, sailing, and working on his Willys Jeep.











Becky Schill
, Postdoctoral Fellow

Becky joined the MacDougald lab in March 2018, after receiving her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wi. Her graduate work focused on the impact of oxidative modification by reactive aldehydes to high-density lipoprotein (HDL)’s function in Reverse Cholesterol Transport. Her current research interests include identifying metabolic differences between white adipose and bone marrow adipose tissue. Outside of lab, Becky enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy, reading, and baking.    











Devika completed her undergraduate degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 2011. She is currently a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) fellow at the University of Michigan, and is pursuing her MD and PhD degrees. After completing her first two years of medical school, she joined the MacDougald lab in November 2015 for her doctoral work. Devika is most interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying adipose tissue development and maintenance under normal and pathophysiological conditions in order to understand obesity and its secondary metabolic consequences. When Devika is not in lab, she loves dancing, kickboxing, yoga, photography, and traveling. To add to her impressive accolades, she can sing along to almost every Shakira song in both English and Spanish...despite a lack of Spanish knowledge...she also would like to visit every country before she dies. 







Steven Romanelli, Graduate Student

Steven completed his undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry at Fordham University in 2016, where he worked in the Materials Science laboratory of Dr. Ipsita Banerjee. He is currently pursuing a PhD through the department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. Steven’s research is focused on exploring the utility of CRISPR/Cas9 for global somatic knockout of adipogenic genes. It has been demonstrated that CRISPR/Cas9 expression can lead to off-target consequences elsewhere in the genome. Therefore, we are examining this phenomenon with regard to long-term endogenous CRISPR/Cas9 activity in vivo and seek to mitigate the accumulation off-target cuts. Ultimately, we hope to utilize this model to assess the function of pertinent genes related to obesity as well as advance the feasibility of CRISPR/Cas9 as a genetic tool. Outside of lab, Steven serves on the board of miLEAD Consulting and enjoys playing hockey, golf, and watching college football. Geaux Tigers.






Natalie Gaines
, Undergraduate Student

Natalie is currently a junior at U of M, pursuing an undergraduate degree in Microbiology, and eventually a PharmD degree in graduate school. She works alongside her mentor, Devika Bagchi, in investigating the mechanisms of adipose tissue. When she is not in the lab, Natalie enjoys baking, reading, drawing, and napping.












Akira Nishii, Undergraduate Student

Akira is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Chemical Engineering and Cell and Molecular Biology. He is studying the effect of temperature on lipid desaturation in adipocytes under the mentorship of Dr. Hiro Mori. He is also interested in understanding the intersection between obesity and cancer biology. He is a soccer enthusiast and loves interacting with different people.











Ameena 
Benchamana, Visiting Scholar














Lab Alumni:

              

SUPERVISOR (SUMMARY)

17    Postdoctoral Fellows

17    Graduate Students

6      Visiting Scientists

1      Co-mentored Postdoctoral Fellow and 8 Co-Mentored Graduate Students

35    Graduate Student Rotations

51    Undergraduate, Medical and High School students who did research projects in my laboratory

38    Preliminary examination committees

64    Graduate dissertation committees

4      External counselor for graduate students

5      Scientific and Advisory Committees: K awards and T32

 

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

 1.  Kenneth A. Longo, Ph.D.
1998 – 2003
Dartmouth Medical School. Endocrinology and Metabolism Training Grant, American Diabetes Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, First Prize in the Poster Competition  at the Annual Symposium for Organogenesis at the University of Michigan (2003).
Current Position: Director, Data Science. WAVE Life Sciences Ltd.
 
2.  Isabelle Gerin, Ph.D.
2001 – 2008
University Catholique de Louvain. BAEF (Belgian American Education Foundation) Fellowship, Center for Organogenesis postdoctoral fellowship, FNRS (Fonds National De La Recherche Scientifique) postdoctoral fellowship, Center for Organogenesis travel award.  First Prize, Poster Competition at 6th Intl. Symposium on Stem Cells and Organogenesis (2005). Travel Award from Center for Organogenesis (2006).
Current position: Universite Catholique de Louvain Christian de Duve Institute of Cellular Pathology 
 3.  Shian-Huey Chiang, Ph.D.
2003 – 2005
University of Michigan. Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship, MARC Travel Award (FASEB summer conference), Chair of Scientific Session at Annual Meeting of the American Diabetes Association (2003). Career Progression: Assistant Research Scientist. Life Science Institute, Ann Arbor, MI.
Current Position: Principal Scientist/Research Project Leader, Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, Pfizer. 
4.  Vern Dolinsky, Ph.D.
2003 – 2005
University of Alberta, Canada. Poster Competition Award at 6th Intl. Symposium on Stem Cells and Organogenesis (2005).
Current Position: Assistant Professor. University of Manitoba. Faculty of Medicine. Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 
5.  Pernille Keller, Ph.D.
2006 – 2007
University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Fellowship from the Lundbeck Foundation.
Current Position: Team Leader, Senior Scientist, Novo Nordisk, Copenhagen. Denmark
 6.  Kyle Sousa, Ph.D.
2007 – 2010
Karolinska Institute, Sweden. Regenerative Sciences Training Grant (2007-2008). Tissue and Engineering Training Grant (2008-2010).
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, West Coast University, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
 7.  Hiroyuki Mori, M.D./Ph.D.
2007 – present 
Kyushu University, Japan. Uehara Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2008-2009). Supported by a mentor-based fellowship from the American Diabetes Association (2009-2012).
Current Position: Research Assistant Professor.
 8.  William P. Cawthorn, Ph.D.
2009 – 2014
University of Cambridge, England. Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 (2009-2012). NIH National Research Service Award (declined in favor of Eli Lilly Innovation Fellowship Award (2012-2016).
Current Position: Faculty member (Chancellor’s Fellow) at University of Edinburgh.
 9.  Yao Yao, Ph.D.
2011 – 2012
Shanghai Institute for Biological Science, China.
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Life Sciences Institute, University of Michigan.
 10.  Erica L. Scheller, D.D.S./Ph.D.
2011 – 2016
University of Michigan. Rackham Travel Grant (2012). ASBMR Presidents’s Poster Competition Winner (2013), ASBMR John Haddad Young Investigator Award (2014). K99 DE024178, Neural regulation of skeletal biology and periodontal disease progression in type 1 diabetes (2014-2016).
Current position: Assistant Professor at Washington University in St Louis.
 11.  Sebastian D. Parlee, Ph.D.
2012 – 2016
Dalhousie University, Canada. Center for Organogenesis Non-Traditional Postdoctoral Fellowship (2012 - 2013). Presidential Poster Winner – ENDO2015. Canadian Society of Pharmacology and Therapeutics Travel Bursary (2015), NRC Research Press K.M. Piafsky Trainee Presentation Award (2015).
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Novo Nordisk.
 12.   Aaron Burr, Ph.D.
2015 – 2016
Wayne State University. Center for Organogenesis T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2016).
Current Position: Medical Writer, MMS Holdings.
 13.  Callie Corsa, Ph.D.
2015 – present
Washington University in St Louis. Basic Diabetes Research T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship (2015-2017). American Diabetes Association Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2021).
 14.  Ziru Li, Ph.D.
2016 – present
Peking University Health Science Center. American Diabetes Association Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2021).
 15.  Colleen E. Dugan, Ph.D.
2016 – 2017
University of Michigan (Analytical Chemistry). Current Position: Senior Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline.
 16. Kenneth T. Lewis, Ph.D.
2018 – present 
 Wayne State University. Developmental Origins of Metabolic Disorders T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2019).
 17. Becky Schill, Ph.D.
2018 – present
 Medical College of Wisconsin. Basic Diabetes Research T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship (2018-2019).



GRADUATE STUDENTS

 1.  Sarah E. Ross, Ph.D. 
1996 – 2001
Department of Physiology. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Fellow (Canada), Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, Keystone Travel Award, Susan B. Lipschutz Award for outstanding Female Graduate Student at the University of Michigan, Rackham Travel Awards, University of Michigan Teaching Award, Outstanding Poster Award at Annual Organogenesis Symposia, Department of Physiology Outstanding Teacher Award, Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award (8 awarded out of a pool of ~700). Career Path: Postdoctoral Fellow and Assistant Research Scientist, Harvard Medical School.
Currently: Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, University of Pittsburg.
2.  Robin L. Erickson,  M.D./Ph.D.
1997 – 2001
Department of Physiology 2001. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Fellow (Canada), Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship, 2001 award for “Overall Excellence in Research and Service” presented by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Keystone Symposia Travel Award, Rackham Travel Award, Horace Davenport Fellowship. Career Path: M.D., University of Alberta; Pediatrics Residency, University of Calgary; Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship, University of Manitoba.
Current Position: Pediatric Nephrologist, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan, Department of Pediatrics.
 3. Christina Bennett, Ph.D. 
2000 – 2005
Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Systems in Integrative Biology Training Grant, Rackham Travel Award, Rackham Merit Fellowship, American Diabetes Association Summer Internship Award (2002), Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant, Porter Fellowship from the American Physiological Society. Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award: Honorable Mention. Career Path. Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Health.
Current Position: Associate Publisher, Ethics and Policy, American Physiological Society.
4. Jennifer Kennell, Ph.D.
2000 – 2005
Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant, Systems in Integrative Biology Training Grant, Center for Organogenesis Training Grant (Declined), Third Prize for Poster at Annual Cell and Molecular Biology Symposia (2001). Outstanding Abstract for Cancer Center Symposia (selected for short talk), Rackham Travel Award, First Prize for Poster at Annual Cell and Molecular Biology Symposia (2002), Arthur Vander Teaching Award (2002), Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (2003), 2003 award for  “Overall Excellence in Research and Service” presented by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, Keystone Symposia Travel Fellowship (Mar, 2004), 2004 award for “Overall Excellence in Teaching” presented by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies. Rackham Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award (2004-2005). Career Path: Postdoctoral Fellow, Ken Cadigan, University of Michigan.
Current Position: Associate Professor, Biology Department, Vassar College.
5.  Paul DeRose, M.D./M.S.
2001 – 2003
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Medical Science Training Program, Bean Fellowship,  Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant. Training: PGY2 Radiation Oncology Resident, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Current Position: Radiation Oncologist, Methodist Richardson Cancer Center, Texas.
 6. Sona Kang, Ph.D.
2002 – 2006
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Jack Lapides Fellowship, Rackham Travel Fellowship (2004), Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship (2005), and Bean Fellowship (2006). Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School.
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Berkeley.
 7. Brian (Hyuk) Cha, M.D./Ph.D.
2002 – 2006
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Medical Science Training Program, Center for Organogenesis Training Fellowship (2004-2006). Residency, University of Michigan.
Current position: Academic Dermatologist, St Joseph Mercy Health System.
 8. Tyler Prestwich, D.D.S./Ph.D.
2005 – 2008
Cell and Molecular Biology Program. Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant, Loeb Predoctoral Fellowship (2006-2007). University of Michigan Regents Fellow (2007-2008). Honorable mention for poster presentation at Annual CMB Symposium (2007).
Current Position: Orthodontic Residency, University of Iowa.
 9. John Petrie, M.S.
2006 – 2009
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Maas Fellowship, Cellular & Molecular Approaches to Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant (2006-2008). John Bean Award (2007). Center for Organogenesis Training Fellowship (2008 – 2009). Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (2008; $3000).
Current Position: American Journal Experts.
 10. Baowen Du, Ph.D.
2009 – 2013
Northwest A&F University, China. Fellowship from China Scholarship Council. Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Chengdu Institute of Biology, Chinese Academy of Science.
Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow.
 11. Becky Simon, Ph.D.
2009 – 2013
Cell and Molecular Biology Program, Rackham Merit Fellowship. Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant (2009-2010). Rackham Graduate Student Precandidate Research Grant (2009). Center for Organogenesis Predoctoral Fellowship (2010-2012). Honorable mention for poster presentation at Annual CMB Symposium (2010). First prize at UM-WSU Physiology Symposium Poster Competition (2011). Second prize for poster presentation at Annual CMB Symposium (2011). Rackham Travel Award (2012). Abstract picked for oral presentation at the American Diabetes Meeting (6/12/12). Postdoctoral Fellow with Dean Brenner, University of Michigan.
Current position: Staff Writer, BioCentury, CA.
 12. Adam Bree, M.S.
2011 – 2012
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant (2011-2012). Rackham Graduate Student Precandidate Research Grant (2012). NIH Predoctoral National Research Service Award (declined).
Current position: Dental School, University of Missouri.
 13. Ning Xiaomin, Ph.D.
2012 – 2014
Northwest A&F University, China. Fellowship from “Chinese Top University Graduate Students Studying Abroad”
 14. Shaima Khandaker, M.S.
2015 – 2016
Molecular & Integrative Physiology Master’s program. Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant.
 15. Devika Bagchi
2015 – present
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Medical Science Training Program. Center for Organogenesis Predoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018).
 16. Steven Romanelli
2017-present
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Cellular Biotechnology Training Program Fellowship (2017-2019)


EXTERNAL COUNSELOR
 1. Philip Hallenborg
2005 - 2008
Graduate Student, University of Southern Denmark.  Proposed Dissertation Title: Lipoxygenases in adipogenesis.
2. Maria S. Boysen
2005 - 2006
Graduate Student, University of Southern Denmark. Proposed Dissertation Title: Regulation of gene expression by CLA and glucose – implications for type 2 diabetes.
 3. Lars Kristensen
2006 – 2008
Graduate Student, University of Southern Denmark.
4. Malene Olesen
2008 – 2010
Graduate Student, University of Southern Denmark. Proposed Dissertation Title: Bone-related proteins in the arterial wall in diabetes: The significance of osteoprotegerin (OPG).


 

RESEARCH ROTATIONS
 1. Sarah E. Ross, Department of Physiology, 1996
2. Robin L. Erickson, Department of Physiology, 1997
 3. Christina Consolino, Department of Physiology, 1998
4. Daniel Becker, Medical Science Training Program and Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program, 1998
5. Christina Bennett, Department of Physiology, 2000
6. Jennifer Kennell, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2000
 7. Jonathan Winnay, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2000
 8. Paul DeRose, Medical Science Training Program, 2001
 9. Margaret Ochocinska, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2001
 10. So Na Kang, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2002
11. Erin O’Leary, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2002
 12. Brian (Hyuk) C. Cha, Medical Science Training Program, 2002
 13. Nicole Acevedo, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2002
 14. Christa Van Dort, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2004
 15. Tyler Prestwich, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2005
 16. Nathan Palpant, Program In Biomedical Sciences, 2005
 17. John Petrie, Program In Biomedical Sciences, 2005
 18. Deepti Nagarkar, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2006
 19. Nicole Evans, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2006
 20. Michael Doche, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2007
 21. Andrew Miller, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2007
 22. Jiwon Roh, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2008
 23. Guoxiao (Grace) Wang, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2008
 24. Sarah Kampert, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2008
 25. Amanda Marie Day, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2009
 26. Becky Simon, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2009
 27. Scott Zaweija, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2010
 28. Jun Young Hong, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2010
 29. Gabriel Martinez-Santibanez, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2010
 30. Corinne Weisheit, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2011
 31. Adam Bree, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2011
 32. Mangala Iyengar, Medical Sciences Training Program, 2011
 33. Devika Bagchi, Medical Sciences Training Program, 2015
 34. Hanh Truong, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2016
 35. Steven Romanelli, Program in Biomedical Sciences, 2017



VISITING SCIENTISTS
 1. Laszlo Bajnok, M.D.
2000 – 2002
University Medical School of Debrecen, Hungary
2. Beatriz Soret, Ph.D.
2006
Public University of Navarra, Spain
 3. Minna Huttunen, Ph.D.
2006
University of Helsinki, Finland
4. Amiya Hajra, Ph.D.
2006 – 2010
University of Michigan
 5. Inho Choi, Ph.D.
2011
Yeungnam University, South Korea
 6. Ameena Benchamana
2018
 Mahidol University, Thailand


CO-MENTOR

 1. Hema Chandrasan, Organogenesis Postdoctoral Fellowship (with Martha Sommerman)
2. Kelly Bromfield, Organogenesis Predoctoral Fellowship (with Sally Camper)
 3. Robert Loberg, Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant (with Frank Brosius)
4. Eileen Vesely, Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant (with Frank Brosius)
 5. Lalitha Subramanian - Postdoctoral Fellowship from American Heart Association (with Jorge A. Iniguez)
 6. David Parker, Organogenesis Predoctoral Fellowship (with Ken Cadigan)
 7. David Morris, Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant (with Liangyou Rui)
 8. Nathan Palpant, Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant (with Joe Metzger)
 9. Gail Butler, Systems and Integrative Biology Training Grant (with Linda Samuelson)

 

SCIENTIFIC AND ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

 1. Taehwa Chun, M.D., Ph.D. K08 Career Development Award, Department of Internal  Medicine, University of Michigan, 2009 to 2011.
2. Emilyn Alejandro, Ph.D. K01. Mentored Research Scientist Development Award. Department of Internal Medicine, University of Michigan. 2014 to 2015
 3. Lisa Guth, Ph.D. MEND T32, University of Michigan, 2014 to 2015
 4.Eric Buras, M.D. PSTP program, University of Michigan, 2016 – present
 5.Michael Schleh, Kinesiology, University of Michigan, 2017


 

GRADUATE COMMITTEES

 1. Sarah Ross, Ph.D. – Department of Physiology, 1996-2001 (Chair)
2. Yifei Wu, Ph.D. - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 1997 - 2000
 3. Robin Erickson, MD/Ph.D. Department of Physiology, 1997-2001 (Chair)
4. Eric Tang, MD/Ph.D. - MSTP, and Cell and Molecular Biology Program,  1998 - 2001
5. Karen O’Brien, Ph.D. - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 1998 - 2002
6. Jacob B. Hansen, Ph.D.  - Dept of Mol Biology, Odense Univ., Denmark, 1998 - 2001
 7. Glenn Micalizio, Ph.D. - Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1999-2001
 8. Heidi Campbell, Ph.D. - Department of Biological Chemistry, 1999-2003
 9. Narayani Moorthy, Ph.D. - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 1999 - 2001
 10. Tyler Sisk, Ph.D. - Department of Microbiology and Immunology, 1999 - 2001
11. Jennifer Kennell, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2000 – 2005 (Chair)
 12. Christina Bennett, Ph.D. – Department of Physiology, 2000 – 2005 (Chair)
 13. Brian Gummow – Ph.D. Department of Physiology, 2001 to 2005
 14. Robert Loberg, Ph.D. – Department of Physiology, 2001 to 2003
 15. Blair Madison, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology, 2001 to 2005
 16. Anna Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2001 to 2005
 17. Jeffrey Huo, Ph.D. – Medical Scientist Training Program. 2001 to 2005
 18. Yannan Shen – Department of Biological Chemistry, 2001 to 2003
 19. Paul DeRose, MD/MS - Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2001 to 2003 (Chair)
 20. David Van Mater, MD/Ph.D. - Medical Scientist Training Program. 2001 to 2004
 21. Kelly Cha, MD/ Ph.D. – Department of Human Genetics. 2001 -2004
 22. Mark Ribick, M.S. - Department of Biochemistry, 2002 to 2006
 23. Sona Kang, Ph.D. – Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2001 to 2006 (Chair)
 24. Brian Cha, MD/Ph.D. - Medical Scientist Training Program, Department of Molecular & Integrative  Physiology, 2001 to 2006 (Chair)
 25. Kari Anne Risan Tobin, Ph.D. - University of Oslo, 2002
 26. Michael Friedman, Ph.D. - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2002 to 2006
 27. Jonathan Winnay, Ph.D. – Dept. of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2002 to 2005
 28. Lara Hall, Doctor of Music Arts (DMA) - School of Music, 2003 to 2005
 29. Teresa Cesena, Ph.D. - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2003 to 2007
 30. Michael Corradetti, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2003 to 2006
 31. Zhuoran Zhao, Ph.D. – Oral Health Sciences Program, 2004 to 2006
 32. Nicole Slawny, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2004 to 2010
 33. Rasmus Peterson, Ph.D. – Dept. of Molecular Biology, Univ. of Southern Denmark, 2005
 34. Tyler Prestwich, DDS/Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2005 to 2008 (Chair)
 35.  Diana Lungu, D.M.A. – School of Music, Violin Performance, 2005 to 2006
 36.  David Morris, Ph.D. – Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2006 to 2009
 37.  John Petrie, MS – Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2006 to 2009 (Chair)
 38.  Hui Li, Ph.D. – Dept. of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, 2006 to 2009
 39.  Kelli VanDussen, Ph.D. – Dept. of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2006 to 2010
 40.  Hailu Shitaye, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2006 to 2009
 41.  Anna Clark, Ph.D. – Department of Chemistry, 2007 to 2010
 42.  Mathew M. Molusky, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2007 to 2011
 43.  Zhao Lin, DDS/Ph.D. – School of Dentistry, 2007 to 2010
 44.  Phillip Delekta, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2008 to 2011
 45.  Jennifer MacKeller, M.S. – Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 2008
 46.  Erica Scheller DDS/Ph.D. –Oral Health Sciences Program, 2008 to 2011
47.  Brent VanderHart – Cellular and Molecular Basis of Human Disease Program, Van Andel Institute, 2008
 48.  Michael Doche, Ph.D. – Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2008 to 2012
 49.  Becky Simon, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2009 to 2013 (Chair)
 50.  Baowen Du, Ph.D. – Northwest A&F University, China, 2009 to 2013 (Co-chair)
 51.  Jon Mowers, MD/Ph.D.- Medical Scientist Training Program, Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2009 to 2012
 52.  Jose A. Rodriguez-Nieves – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2010 to 2011
 53.  Guoxiao (Grace) Wang, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2010 to 2014
 54.  Adam Bree, M.S. – Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2011 to 2012 (Chair)
 55.  Colleen Dugan, Ph.D. – Department of Chemistry, 2012 to 2016
 56.  Gabriel Martinez-Santibanez, Ph.D. – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2012 to 2015
 57.  Yuqing Sun – Molecular and Cellular Pathology Program, 2013 to 2014
 58.  Anders Haakonsson, Ph.D. – University of Southern Denmark, 2014
 59.  Chanisa Thonusin – Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2014 to present
 60.  Elizabeth Abshire – Biological Chemistry, 2015 to present
 61.  Devika Bagchi – Medical Scientist Training Program, Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2015 to present (Chair)
 62.  Henry Kuang – Medical Science Training Program, Cell and Development Biology Program, 2016 to present
 63.Steven Romanelli – Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2017 to present (Chair)
 64.Helen (Huilin) Wang - Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2017 to present


 

PRELIMINARY/QUALIFYING EXAM COMMITTEES

 1. Douglas Johns - Department of Physiology, 1997
2. Daquing Sun - Department of Physiology, 1997
 3. Eric Tang –MSTP and Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 1997
4. Yue Ge - Cell and Molecular Biology Program (Chair), 1999
5. Philip E Schaner - Cell and Molecular Biology Program (Chair), 1999
6. Glenn Micalizio - Department of Chemistry, University of Michigan, 1999
 7. Brian Gummow - Department of Human Genetics (Chair), 2001
 8. Allison Moffa – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2001
 9. Genevieve Kruger - Cellular and Molecular Biology, 2001
 10. Jonathan Winnay - Department of Physiology, 2002
11. Norma DeJesus - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2002
 12. Nicole Acevedo - Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 2003
 13. Phil Palmbos - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2003
 14. Lymari Lopez-Diaz - Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2003
 15. Rachael Adams – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2004
 16. Rebecca Leshan – Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 2005
 17. Greg Gurda – MSTP and Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 2005
 18. Joseph Dosch – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2005
 19. Steve Yang – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2005
 20. Anna Clark – Department of Chemistry, 2007
 21. Matthew Campbell – Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology (Chair), 2008
 22. Michael Doche – Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, 2008
 23. Jon Mowers – MSTP and Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology (Chair), 2009
 24. Daniel Chiang – Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology (Chair), 2009
 25. Grace Wang – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2010 (Chair)
 26. Hilary Archbold – Cell and Molecular Biology Program, 2010
 27. Jordan Wright –MSTP and Dept. of Molecular & Integrative Physiology (Chair), 2010
 28. Ryan O’Connell - Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology (Chair), 2010
 29. Mie Kasanuki  – Cell and Molecular Biology Program (Chair), 2011
 30. Alexis Carulli  – MSTP and Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, (Chair), 2011
 31. Danielle Burgenske  – Van Andel Institute Graduate School (External Examiner), 2011
 32. Colleen Dugan – Department of Chemistry, 2012
 33. Kevin Swift – Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2015
 34. Megan Hoffman – Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2015
 35. Stephen Robinson – Department of Biomedical Engineering, 2016
 36. Huilun Wang, Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2017
 37.Matthew Sorensen, Department of Chemistry, 2017
 38.Hanh Truong, Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 2018


HIGH SCHOOL, UNDERGRADUATE, and MEDICAL STUDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS

 1. David Hong – UM Undergraduate, 1997
2. Esther Kim - UM Undergraduate, 1997
 3. Robert Hennighausen - UM Undergraduate, 1997
4. Zulma Garcia – University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Undergraduate, Minority Biomedical Research Program, 1998
5. Lorean Serra - University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Undergraduate, Minority Biomedical Research Program, 1999
6. Annie Miao – UM Undergraduate, 2002
 7. Nikil Oak, MD – UM Undergraduate, 2003 – 2006. Phys405, Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, and Cell and Molecular Biology Honors Thesis
 8. Jacob Miller – UM Undergraduate, 2004.  Phys405
 9. Brett Schroeder – UM Undergraduate, 2005.  Phys405
 10. Mohamad Saghir – UM Medical Student, 2005
11. Lauren Rapp, MD – UM Undergraduate, 2006. Psych331
 12. Wendy Wong – UM Undergraduate, 2006 – 2009
 13. Laura Munn – UM Undergraduate, 2006 – 2008
 14. Jasmine Zheng, MD – UM Undergraduate, pre-MHIRT program, 2007 – 2008, MCDB 300: Fall 2007, Winter 2008, Fall 2008, and Winter 2009. Fall 2008/Winter 2009 - Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology Honors Thesis
 15. Ammar Salhadar, MD – UM Undergraduate, MCDB 400, Fall 2007; Winter, 2008
 16. Paul Kim – UM Undergraduate, MCDB 300, Fall 2008, Winter 2009
 17. Michael Reid – UM Undergraduate, 2008-2010, 2009 SURF Fellowship
 18. Katie Hinchee – Duke University Undergraduate, 2009. SURF Fellowship
 19. Elizabeth Feenstra – Calvin College Undergraduate, 2009, 2010. SURF Fellowships
 20. David Broome – Michigan State University, 2010. SURF Fellowship
 21. Abigail Burant – Pioneer High School, 2010
 22. Rachel McWilliams – UM Undergraduate, 2008-2013
 23. Michael Stevens – UM Undergraduate, 2009-2010
 24. Sandra Soliman – American University of Cairo, SURF Program, 2011
 25. Khanh San Pham – Pioneer High School, UM, 2010 to 2016
 26. Alison Su – Dartmouth University, STEP Fellowship. 2012
 27. Maria Sterrett – Carlton College, SURF Program. 2012
 28. Austin MacDougald-Tassava – Huron High School, 2012
 29. Seth Bear – Skyline High School, 2012-2013
 30. Ben Schell – UM Undergraduate, 2013-2014
 31. Wesley Hebert – Norwich College, SURF Program. 2013
 32. Bofeng Zhang – Johns Hopkins University, STEP Fellowship. 2013
 33. Hoai An Pham – 2013 to 2017. Pioneer High School, Competed at Pioneer High School (1st), SE Michigan Regional (3rd), and State of Michigan (3rd) Science Fair Competitions. SURF Program (2015)
 34. Shaima Khandaker – UM Undergraduate. UROP, Phys405. 2013-2015
 35. Lindsay Anderson – UM Undergraduate. Phys306. Winter 2014
 36. Alexandra Washabaugh – Albion College, SURF Program, 2014
 37. Annabel Lemke – UM Undergraduate. UROP, 2014-2015
 38. Brent Wu – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, STEP Fellowship, 2014
 39. Matthew Oram – Calvin College, SURF Program, 2015
 40. Samira Monavvari – Central Michigan Medical School, 2015
 41. Michael Breed – UM Undergraduate. UROP, Phys306, 2015 to 2017
 42. Destiny Stewart – University of Michigan, SURF program, 2016
 43. Catherine Salamon – University of Michigan, Flint, STEP program, 2016 & 2017
 44. Chris Chou – UM Undergraduate, 2016 to 2017
 45. Natalie Gaines – UM Undergraduate, 2017 to present; SURF program 2018
 46.Sara Kitterman – University of Michigan, SURF program, 2017
 47.Audrey Cheng – University of Michigan, SURF program, 2017
 48.Akira Nishii – University of Michigan, STEP program, 2017 and 2018
 49.Matthew Askar – University of Michigan, STEP program, 2017
 50.Chenlang "Spring" Gao – UM Undergraduate, 2017 to present
 51.Katrina Granger – UM Undergraduate, 2017 to present