We welcome anyone with an interest in secretion, synapses, and the biology of cell-to-cell communication!


Arun Anantharam, Assistant Professor

I received my undergraduate degree from Columbia University, where I double-majored in Comp. Lit and Neurobiology. I then attended graduate school at Cornell University where I received a Ph.D. in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. 

My postdoctoral work was performed at the University of Michigan, under the mentorship of Drs. Ronald Holz (Pharmacology) and Daniel Axelrod (Physics).

I returned to the University of a Michigan as a faculty member in June 2016. Prior to that, I was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University from 2011 - 2016.

My primary appointment is in the Department of Pharmacology. I am also affiliated with the Biophysics, Neuroscience, and Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) Programs at Michigan


Zuleirys Santana Rodriguez, Lab Manager

Zuly was a student in the Postbac Research Education Program (PREP) at the University of Michigan (2016-2017) and is currently our lab manager. She is from Arecibo, Puerto Rico. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, Arecibo. Zuly uses isolated chromaffin cells to study how cargo proteins, cytosolic proteins, and synaptotagmin control membrane fusion, and fusion pore expansion. 

email: zuleirys@umich.edu

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Mounir Bendahmane, Postdoctoral Fellow

Mounir joined the lab in March of 2017. He obtained his Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Paris-Sud University in France and worked most recently as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Mounir uses electrophysiology and TIRF imaging to study aspects of the secretory process in the sympatho-adrenal synapse.

email: mounirb@umich.edu 

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Shuang Zhang, Postdoctoral Fellow

Shuang recently completed her Ph.D. in Biology at Georgia State University and joined the lab in April of 2017. She uses imaging techniques to study the functional architecture of the adrenal medulla and how it changes during stress.

email: zshuang@umich.edu

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Emily Prantzalos, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emily is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. She is majoring in Chemical Engineering. Her project concerns the role of human Syt-1 mutations in exocytosis.

email: prantza@umich.edu

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Noah Schenk, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Noah is a sophomore at the University of Michigan. He is majoring in Electrical Engineering. Noah uses fluorescence imaging techniques to study the interaction of membrane-bending proteins and lipids on synthetic bilayers.

email: naschenk@umich.edu


(Recent) Lab Alumni!