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Julie Suzanne Biteen (she/her/hers) : Professor of Chemistry and of Biophysics

Julie Suzanne Biteen (she/her/hers)

Professor of Chemistry and of Biophysics

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

Lauren McCarthy (she/her/hers) : Postdoctoral Scholar

Lauren McCarthy (she/her/hers)

Postdoctoral Scholar

Lauren comes from Jacksonville, FL and graduated with her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Florida with a minor in Physics. Her interdisciplinary interests led her to pursue a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Rice University in Houston, TX where she characterized the optical properties of single nanoparticles. In the Biteen Lab, she is studying how bacterial cells organize themselves, particularly under stress. In addition to her interests in the lab, Lauren loves to listen to podcasts, take her dog on long walks, and spend time with her family.
lamccar@umich.edu

Luis Ortiz-Rodriguez (he/him/his) : Postdoctoral Scholar

Luis Ortiz-Rodriguez (he/him/his)

Postdoctoral Scholar

Luis comes from Luquillo, PR and graduated with his B.S. in Biology from University of Puerto Rico-Humacao Campus. He earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, where he scrutinized the excited state dynamics and electronic relaxation pathways of thionated heavy-atom-free photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy applications. In the Biteen Lab, he is developing next-generation methods for measuring subcellular interactions in living microbial cells. Luis also enjoys exercising, concerts, eating, and watching sports.
lortz@umich.edu

Zechariah Pfaffenberger (he/him/his) : PhD Student, Chemistry

Zechariah Pfaffenberger (he/him/his)

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 (she/her/hers) : PhD Student, Chemistry

Anna Calkins (she/her/hers)

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 (he/him/his) : PhD Student, Program in Chemical Biology

Christopher Azaldegui (he/him/his)

PhD Student, Program in Chemical Biology

Originally from Peru, Chris earned his B.Sc. 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 (she/her/hers) : PhD Student, Applied Physics

Saaj Chattopadhyay (she/her/hers)

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

David Fuller : PhD Student, Chemistry

David Fuller

PhD Student, Chemistry

David is from Portland, Oregon and received his B.S. in Chemistry from Portland State University. His previous research focused on peroxide decomposition kinetics and transcytolemmal water exchange in yeast. This work became the foundation for his interest in spectroscopy and imaging, which led him to UM. Outside of the lab he loves playing music, cooking, and learning about history.
fulld@umich.edu

Yekaterina (Kate) Fyodorova (she/her/hers) : PhD Student, Chemistry

Yekaterina (Kate) Fyodorova (she/her/hers)

PhD 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

Karis Barnett : PhD Student, Chemistry

Karis Barnett

PhD Student, Chemistry

Karis was raised in Prince George’s County, MD and earned her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. A poet at heart, she also minored in creative writing. In the Chemistry PhD program, she looks forward to exploring and communicating the unique stories in science. Karis also enjoys listening to music (esp. hip-hop and instrumentals), reading, and spending time with her family.

barnettk@umich.edu

Xiaofeng Dai : PhD Student, Chemistry

Xiaofeng Dai

PhD Student, Chemistry

Xiaofeng is from Tianjin, China. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Nankai University. His interest in understanding microscopic interactions in biosystems and nanomaterials brought him into the field of super-resolution imaging. In his free time, he likes reading, playing badminton, and chess. He has a passion for experiencing different cultures and trying new things.
xiaofend@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 sophomore 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.
guibordn@umich.edu

Sreya Gogineni (she/her/hers) : Undergraduate Researcher

Sreya Gogineni (she/her/hers)

Undergraduate Researcher

Sreya grew up in Troy, MI and is a sophomore studying 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

Vyom Grover : Undergraduate Researcher

Vyom Grover

Undergraduate Researcher

Vyom grew up in Troy, MI, is majoring in Biomolecular Science, and plans to graduate in 2024. He is working with Lauren to edit bacterial genomes and examine fluorescence from bacterial proteins. Diseases like HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and Alzheimer's all captivated him to pursue medicine. In his free time, he enjoys watching anime, playing his saxophone and the piano, and producing music.
vyomg@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 students who would like to learn more about my new research group. PhD rotation positions will be available for 2022-2023. Interested UM freshman and sophomores should apply to work in the lab via the UROP program.

Fall 2021: We are recruiting a postdoc! Please see more info here.

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