Mentors

Directors

David Sept

Prof. David Sept, Professor and Associate Chair of Biomedical Engineering, is a PI and Co-Director of the Michigan IRACDA program.  He is an established investigator in the area of computational biophysics with a primary interest in the dynamics and organization of the cytoskeleton and systems biology.

dsept@umich.edu

Susan V. Brooks

Prof. Susan V. Brooks * Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Biomedical Engineering, is Co-Director of the Michigan IRACDA Program. Dr. Brooks’ research is focused on age-associated declines in skeletal muscle and tendon structure and function. Specific interests include the causative role of oxidative stress in age-associated skeletal muscle atrophy and the impact that changes in muscle and tendon extracellular matrix  have on muscle function and susceptibility to injury.

svbrooks@umich.edu

Current Mentors

Julie Biteen

Prof. Julie Biteen is Associate Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry, and Biophysics. The Biteen Lab lab is developing single-molecule fluorescence imaging as a flexible, general technology for ultrahigh-resolution, real-time imaging to answer fundamental, topical questions about bacterial cell biology and metal nanoparticle plasmonics.

jsbiteen@umich.edu

Eleanor J. “Josie” Clowney

Prof. Eleanor J. “Josie” Clowney is an Assistant Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. The Clowney lab investigates developmental and regulatory mechanisms that generate neural circuits and govern their function, using the olfactory system of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a model.

jclowney@umich.edu

Katherine Gallagher

Prof. Katherine Gallagher is the John R Pfeifer Collegiate Professor of Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery and of Microbiology & Immunology. Her research is focused on histone methylation changes in bone marrow progenitor cells and the impact on peripheral macrophage phenotypes as it relates to wound healing and inflammation.

kgallag@umich.edu

Markos Koutmos

Prof. Markos Koutmos is Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics. The Koutmos lab is interested in understanding how the 3D structure and dynamics of proteins and RNAs drive their biological function, specifically RNA modifications and RNA/protein interactions, RNA biology and processing and in RNA structure and dynamics.

mkoutmos@umich.edu

Scott Leiser

Prof. Scott Leiser is Assistant Professor of Molecular and Integrative Physiology and Internal Medicine.  His lab studies the biology of aging, focusing specifically on how changes in stress response and metabolic pathways can be manipulated to affect the aging process.

leiser@umich.edu

Carey Lumeng

Prof. Carey Lumeng is the Frederick G L Huetwell Professor for the Cure and Prevention of Birth Defects and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and of Molecular & Integrative Physiology. His lab is focused on understanding the function of leukocytes in adipose tissue and the mechanisms by which they are actived obesity and contribute to diabetes.

clumeng@umich.edu

Jillian Pearring

Prof. Jillian Pearring is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and  of Cell and Developmental Biology. Her lab studies the mechanisms underlying cellular polarity and organelle biogenesis in photoreceptors.

pearring@umich.edu

Sarah Veatch

Professor Sarah Veatch is the the Associate Director of the Department of Biophysics, Associate Professor of Biophysics and Physics.  Her lab is currently exploring the physical basis and functional consequences of lateral heterogeneity in living cell membranes .

sveatch@umich.edu

Nils G. Walter

Professor Nils G. Walter is the Francis S Collins Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics and Biological Chemistry.  His lab uses tools from chemical biology, analytical chemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and bioinformatics studying RNA biology and DNA nanotechnology, including the structure, dynamics and function of RNAs and DNA nanodevices outside and inside human cells.

nwalter@umich.edu

Other Supporting Faculty including Past Mentors

The faculty members below have expressed an interest in being a part of the large pool of mentors willing to work with a post-doctoral fellow appointed to the program.  After reviewing an applicants qualifications and experience, the review panel may suggest other University of Michigan faculty members, and the prospective appointee may request consideration by any qualified faculty mentor.  During the interview process prior to selection, the applicant will meet with several faculty members in order to  find the most suitable mentor.

*Past Mentor

James A. Ashton-Miller
Albert Schultz Collegiate Research Professor, Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering, Kinesiology, Gerontology
James Ashton-Miller 
Daniel A. Beard *
Carl J. Wiggers Professor Cardiovascular  Physiology,
Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Biomedical Engineering
Daniel A. Beard 
Tim Bruns
Associate Professor
Biomedical Engineering.
Tim Bruns 
Cindy Chestek
Associate Professor Biomedical and Electrical Engineering
Cindy Chestek 
Rhima Coleman
Associate  Professor Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering
Rhima Coleman 
Jacek Debiec *
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Research Assistant Professor, Michigan Neuroscience Institute
Jacek Debiec 
Carol Elias
Professor Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Obstetrics and Gynecology
Carol Elias
Lola Eniola-Adefeso,
University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, Professor  Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
Lola Eniola-Adefeso 
Xudong Fan
Professor Biomedical Engineering
Xudong Fan 
Alberto Figueroa
Edward B. Diethrich Research Professor Biomedical Engineering, Vascular Surgery, Surgery
Alberto Figueroa 
Ken Inoki
Roger C Wiggins Collegiate Professor of Life Sciences, Associate Professor Internal Medicine, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Ken Inoki 
David Kohn
Natalie C Roberts Professor, Dentristy, Biologic and Materials Sciences, Biomedical Engineering
 David Kohn
Ken Kozloff 
Associate Professor Orthopaedic Surgery, Biomedical Engineering.
Ken Kozloff 
Lisa M. Larkin 
Professor Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Biomedical Engineering, Research Professor Gerontology  
 Lisa M. Larkin
Jun Hee Lee
Associate Professor Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Research Associate Professor Gerontology
Jun Hee Lee 
Allen Liu
Associate Professor  Mechanical and  Biomedical Engineering, Biophysics
Allen Liu 
Malcolm J. Low *
David F. Bohr Collegiate Professor  Physiology; Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Metabolism, Endocrinology, & Diabetes
 Malcolm J. Low
Ormond A. MacDougald 
John A. Faulkner Collegiate Professor Physiology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine
Ormond A. MacDougald 
Daniel Michele
Professor Molecular and Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine
Daniel Michele 
Sue Moenter
Fred J Karsch Collegiate Professor Physiology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology.
 Sue Moenter
Geoffrey G. Murphy *
 Associate Director Neuroscience Grad. Prog., Research Professor Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute, Professor Molecular & Integrative Physiology
 Geoffrey G. Murphy
Douglas Noll
Ann and Robert H. Lurie Professor Biomedical Engineering, Radiology, Co-Director UMOR Functional MRI Laboratory.
Douglas Noll 
Scott Pletcher 
William H Howell Collegiate Professor of Physiology,  Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Research Professor Gerontology
Scott Pletcher 
Andrew Putnam 
Robert C Leland, Jr and Donna D Leland Professor Biomedical Engineering, Cardiovascular Medicine
 Andrew Putnam
Linda C. Samuelson
John A. Williams Collegiate Professor Gastrointestinal Physiology,  Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Interim Director Center for Organogenesis
 Linda C. Samuelson
Yatrik Shah *
Horace W. Davenport Collegiate Professor Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Internal Medicine.
 Yatrik Shah
Lonnie D. Shea *
Steven A Goldstein Collegiate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering.
 Lonnie D. Shea
Ariella Shikanov
Associate Professor Biomedical Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, Obstetrics & Gynecology
 Ariella Shikanov
Jan Stegemann
Professor Biomedical Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Associate Chair BME Masters Program
 Jan Stegemann
Joel Swanson *
Professor Microbiology & Immunology.
 Joel Swanson
Jun Wu
Assistant Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, Research Assistant Professor in the Life Sciences Institute
 Jun Wu
X.Z. Shawn Xu
Bernard W. Agranoff Collegiate Professor in the Life Sciences,
Molecular & Integrative Physiology.
X.Z. Shawn Xu 
Zhen Xu 
Professor Biomedical Engineering
 Zhen Xu
Lei Yin
Assistant Professor Molecular & Integrative Physiology; Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes
 Lei Yin