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Gunseli Wallace
MSTP Student
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Michigan
Faculty Mentor:
Gabriel Corfas, Ph.D.
Research Interests:

The mechanisms of myelin targeting in the inner ear.

Dr. Nils Walter
Francis S. Collins Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics & Biological Chemistry; Founding Co-Director, Center for RNA Biomedicine
Accepting new students?
Yes
DEI Statement:
As long-time Rackham Diversity Ally in Chemistry, I built an understanding of the unique challenges that students from diverse backgrounds encounter during graduate school, before and beyond. A preview program I implemented has helped expand the diversity of the Chemistry graduate program. Still, more needs to be done, and I stand ready to help.
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, composing perhaps 90% of the human genome and broadly responsible for the regulation of gene expression, by mechanistic single molecule and super-resolution fluorescence microscopy tools inside and outside of live cells. Applications of this leading-edge, highly interdisciplinary work include the identification and optimization of novel RNA-targeting drugs for gene therapy and of RNA and DNA as diagnostic biomarkers.

Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Accepting New Students?
Yes
Research Interests:

Golgi biogenesis, function, and defects in diseases

Cardiac Surgery
Research Interests:
Heart regeneration using a combination of stem cells, small molecules, bioengineering, and large animal models.

 

Hill Miller
Mentor:
Scott Leiser
Year:
2015
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Washington
Service:
Science Fair Judge at Forsythe Science Fair and SE Michigan Science Fair; Science advocate at the Michigan Science Center representing AMS; FEMMES executive board member
Teaching Experience:
TA for Biology of Aging course led by Dr. Matt Kaeberlein and Dr. Daniel Promislow –Marine Biological Laboratory (Summer 2013, 2014); TA for Conservation Biology (Winter 2013) and Comparative Physiology (Spring 2013) – University of Washington
Funding Sources:
CMB T32 recipient 2016-2018 NRSA F31 recipient 2018-2021 Rackham Predoctoral Fellow 2020-2021
Research Interests:

Uncovering the mechanisms of serotonin-based signaling in food perception and DR-mediated longevity.

Lois Weisman
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Accepting new students?
Yes
DEI Statement:
Throughout my career I have strived to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. While these ideas have just begun to be discussed broadly, I have always sought to provide support to people who want to develop as scientists. I have served as the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP) Faculty Ally for Diversity. I currently serve on the NGP Diversity committee and am a member of the NGP Climate task force. I also served on the Academic Affairs Diversity Planning Group (AADPG) for the LSI, and served on the LSI DEI Strategic Planning Team. In addition to these broad efforts, I have also worked to increase the diversity of conferences that I have organized. As the chair of the 2018 Lysosomes and Endocytosis Gordon Conference, I succeeded in greatly increasing gender equity and made inroads in increasing the number of speakers from diverse backgrounds. In my own laboratory, I have sought out opportunities to mentor postdoctoral fellows, graduate, undergraduate and high school students from diverse backgrounds. Moving forward, I am continuing to work at the local and national level to increase diversity.
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.

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 and morphogenesis. However, the identity of the upstream and downstream gene products that regulate these activities in normal or pathologic states remain unclear, especially within the context of the 3-dimensional matrix. Current efforts focus on identifying the regulation of transcription factors that control epithelial-mesenchymal transitions in carcinomatous states as well as the genetic...

Periodontics and Oral Medicine
Research Interests:

Our lab profiles the mechanisms by which multi-nucleated osteoclasts stimulate osteoblastic bone formation in order to identify novel therapeutic targets to promote bone formation in aging and cancer-induced bone disease. We use cell culture and animal models to dissect out osteo-immunology signaling pathways differentially regulated in osteoclast resorption and stimulation of bone formation. We are working across disciplines (engineering, materials science, pharmacy, medicine) to develop novel tools to study resorption and single cell osteoclast dynamics.

Associate Professor of Cardiac Surgery
Accepting new students?
No
DEI Statement:
I welcome a diverse workplace in my laboratory. I believe inclusion of diversity is critical for the success and advancement of research and education at the University of Michigan. Members of my laboratory are encouraged to pursue research and educational opportunities to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.
Research Interests:

Cardiac myocyte; Sarcomere; Post-translational Modifications; Protein kinase C

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

 

Professor of Pathology
Accepting new students?
Most likely
DEI Statement:
We actively encourage research training by individuals of all backgrounds. We have recently helped train and transition people with less or older research experience to become active in research, and had successful graduates move on to diverse roles with their degree. Throughout, we insist on rigorous academic training while in your UM degree program as the foundation for success, which we will help you build.
Research Interests:

DNA repair, mutagenesis, transcription, genomics, bioinformatics

CMB Faculty - Christiane Wobus, PhD
Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Accepting new students?
Yes
DEI Statement:
I am committed to building an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. I believe that every member on our team makes important contributions that enrich and improve the scientific discoveries in our lab.
Trainings and Identities:
MORE Mentor Training, Bystander Training, Immigrant-Identified
Research Interests:

virus-host interactions in the intestine, norovirus, astrovirus, human intestinal organoids

Associate Professor of Dermatology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:

cancer biology, stem cell biology, skin, epithelial tissue

Josephine Wu
Joined CMB:
2021
Mentor:
Dr. Sami Barmada
Undergraduate Institution:
University of Maryland, College Park
Research Interests:

Mechanism of neurodegeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Assistant Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Accepting new students?
Yes
Research Interests:

diabetes, obesity, thermogenic fat, alcoholic liver disease