People

Julie Suzanne Biteen : Associate Professor

Julie Suzanne Biteen

Associate Professor

Julie has been applying her passions for optics, imaging, and biophysics to solving scientific problems for over 20 years. In addition to critical thinking, she loves scientific communication, teaching, and building a diverse, interdisciplinary, and international research community. Outside of work, this Canadian expat enjoys travel, eating, outdoor sports, and time with family.
Resume (pdf)

jsbiteen@umich.edu
Laurent Geffroy : Postdoctoral Scholar

Laurent Geffroy

Postdoctoral Scholar

Laurent graduated from the Ecole Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI) in Paris. During his PhD, he used an optical trap to study the early stages of the large ribosomal subunit assembly. Laurent plays tennis and loves to discover street art.

lgeffroy@umich.edu
Aathmaja Anandhi Rangarajan : Postdoctoral Scholar

Aathmaja Anandhi Rangarajan

Postdoctoral Scholar

Aathmaja hails from India, where she graduated with a Masters in Genomics. To explore her passion for understanding small living things, she did her PhD in E. coli genetics at the University of Cologne, Germany. In the Biteen Lab, she is understanding how microbial communities break bread with each other at the single-cell level. In her spare time she likes to cook, sketch, and travel.

aanandhi@umich.edu
Hannah Chia : PhD Student, Program in Chemical Biology

Hannah Chia

PhD Student, Program in Chemical Biology

Hannah is from the SF Bay Area and earned a B.A. in Chemistry from Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Her past research experience in protein engineering lends itself to her graduate studies in developing a colorful and robust set of oxygen-independent fluorescent proteins. Outside of the lab, she is an active member in student initiatives in the Program in Chemical Biology, a writer focused on the intersection of STEMM and social justice (www.re-stem.com), and a dessert fiend.

hechia@umich.edu
Zechariah Pfaffenberger : PhD Student, Chemistry

Zechariah Pfaffenberger

PhD Student, Chemistry

Zechariah was born and raised in the Midwestern United States and received his B.S. in Chemistry from Indiana Wesleyan University. This liberal arts background gave him an appreciation for the intersection of natural science with other disciplines. He loves writing and reading about the philosophy behind the scientific process. He loves working with scientists from other fields. He enjoys exercising, the great outdoors, reading, and film. 

zpfaffen@umich.edu
Anna Calkins : PhD Student, Chemistry

Anna Calkins

PhD Student, Chemistry

Anna comes from Portland, Oregon and she earned her B.S. in Chemistry from Santa Clara University in California. She loves interdisciplinary study also earning minors in Math and Women’s and Gender Studies. Now in the Chemistry Ph.D. program, she is excited about the collaborative scientific opportunities. She also loves baking, reading, and being outdoors in her free time.

annalc@umich.edu
Ziyuan Chen : PhD Student, Biophysics

Ziyuan Chen

PhD Student, Biophysics

Ziyuan comes from China and he earned his B.S. in Applied Physics from Nankai University. His physics background and passion for biology make him interested in bringing in more modeling and statistical analysis to solving crucial biological questions. In his free time, he enjoys history, reading, and watching soccer games.

ziyuanc@umich.edu
Christopher Azaldegui : PhD Student, Program in Chemical Biology

Christopher Azaldegui

PhD Student, Program in Chemical Biology

Originally from Peru, Chris earned his BSc in Chemistry at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. There, he developed image analysis pipelines to detect and quantify analytes of forensic interest. As a scientist and aspiring movie director, he shoots movies of tiny organisms to understand their underlying biophysics. He is also passionate about science outreach and inclusion in STEM.

azaldegc@umich.edu
Saaj Chattopadhyay : PhD Student, Applied Physics

Saaj Chattopadhyay

PhD Student, Applied Physics

Saaj earned her B.Sc in Applied Physics from Cornell University, NY and is currently in the Applied Physics program. She enjoys being part of rich interdisciplinary scientific pursuit, and finds any sort of detection science fascinating. She also takes an active interest in science education. While she calls Abu Dhabi, UAE her hometown, she is from India. In her free time, she likes to dabble at crafts and to take long walks through new places.

saajc@umich.edu
Shelby Nicolau : PhD Rotation Student, Chemistry

Shelby Nicolau

PhD Rotation Student, Chemistry

Shelby is from southern West Virginia and received her B.S. in Chemistry from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. Her research experience synthesizing metal nanoparticles sparked her interest in plasmonics. At UM, she hopes to continue participating in science outreach and mentoring first-generation students in STEM. Shelby enjoys cooking, painting, and binging superhero shows in her free time.

snicolau@umich.edu
Yekaterina (Kate) Fyodorova : PhD Rotation Student, Chemistry

Yekaterina (Kate) Fyodorova

PhD Rotation Student, Chemistry

Kate was born and raised in Taraz, Kazakhstan and later immigrated to the United States and earned her B.S. in Chemistry at St. John's University in Queens, New York. In her undergraduate research, she worked with DNA origami. To change research directions in graduate school, she is interested in projects that involve spectroscopy, imaging, and microscopy with bio or medicinal applications.

yfyod@umich.edu
Monica Olszewski : Undergraduate Researcher, Biomolecular Sciences Major

Monica Olszewski

Undergraduate Researcher, Biomolecular Sciences Major

Monica was born in Chicago, Illinois and is a senior at the University of Michigan on her way to earning a B.S. in Biomolecular Science. She is working with Aathmaja to identify and quantify byproducts of resistant starch breakdown by R. bromii and B. theta. After graduation, she hopes to pursue an MD or MD-PhD. 

moniolsz@umich.edu
Kaitlyn Lhiva : Undergraduate Researcher, Chemical Engineering Major

Kaitlyn Lhiva

Undergraduate Researcher, Chemical Engineering Major

Kaitlyn is from the Ann Arbor area and has been a Wolverine fan her entire life! She is a junior pursuing a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Economics. In the lab, she investigates a coupled plasmonic quantum dot system with lots of help from recent graduate Curly Zuo. Outside of the lab, she is currently interning at Wolfspeed, a Cree Inc. company, working on qualifying two new metal deposition processes for an RF resistor.

kmlhiva@umich.edu
Brooke Rosenthal : Undergraduate Researcher, Biology, Health, and Society Major

Brooke Rosenthal

Undergraduate Researcher, Biology, Health, and Society Major

Brooke was born in Chicago, Illinois and is a junior at the University of Michigan. She is on her way to earning a B.S. in Biology, Health, and Society. She is working with Anna on immobilizing cells for single-molecule imaging under physiological conditions. She plans to attend medical school to pursue an MD.

bmrosent@umich.edu
Nicole Guibord : Undergraduate Researcher, UM Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Nicole Guibord

Undergraduate Researcher, UM Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Nicole is from the San Francisco Bay Area and is a freshman at the University of Michigan studying microbiology and computer science. She is working with Laurent on his project visualizing how gut microbiome bacteria eat carbohydrates. In her free time, Nicole enjoys surfing, playing volleyball, and being outside.

Nicole Guibord
Sreya Gogineni : Undergraduate Researcher

Sreya Gogineni

Undergraduate Researcher

Sreya grew up in Troy, MI and is a freshman planning to study chemistry and computer science. She is working with Chris on improving image processing and microscopy data analysis to study biological processes. She also loves to draw, make comics, and tunnel through Wikipedia.

gosreya@umich.edu

Join Our Team – Open Positions!

There are lots of opportunities to get involved in our work!

I am very interested in hearing from energetic University of Michigan graduate students and undergraduate students who would like to learn more about my new research group. PhD rotation positions will be available for 2020-2021.

Interested UM freshman and sophomores should apply to work in the lab via the UROP program.

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