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.


Christopher Watson, Research Lab Specialist

Chris received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Analytical Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Robert Kennedy. His research interests include the neuropharmacology of sleep, wakefulness, and chronic neuropathic pain.

email: watsoncj@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!

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 is now a research assistant in Dr. Manoj Puthenveedu's lab in Pharmacology.

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.