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

 
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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 affiliated with Internal Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Diabetes) as well as the Biophysics, Neuroscience, and Cellular and Molecular Biology (CMB) Programs.

 
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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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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 studies the mechanisms underlying protein sorting to the secretory pathway in insulin-secreting beta bells.

email: naschenk@umich.edu

 
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Kate Smith, Undergraduate Research Assistant

 
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Alina Chapman-Morales, Graduate Student

Alina is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmacology program.

email: alinamor@umich.edu

 
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Zhuoying Ren, Graduate Student

Zhuoying is a Ph.D. student in the Pharmacology program.

email: zhuoyren@umich.edu


(Recent) Lab Alumni!

Tejeshwar Rao (2012 - 2017). Tejeshwar was my first graduate student at Wayne State University. He is now a postdoctoral fellow at UAB and doing great things!

Peter Dahl (2014 - 2017). Peter graduated from Wayne State in 2017 with a B.S. in Biomedical Physics. He is now a Ph.D. student in Biophysics at Yale University.

Alexandra Ranski (2016 - 2017). Lexie was a research assistant in my lab during our first year at UM. She is now in medical school at Oakland University.

Wooree Ko (2016 - 2017). Wooree was an M.S. student in my lab at UM. She will be attending the Ph.D. program in Pharmacology/Physiology at the University of Rochester this fall.

Boya Zhang (2016 - 2017). Boya was an M.S. student in my lab at UM. She is now a research assistant in Dr. Krishnan Raghavendran's lab in Surgery.