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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, IRACDA Fellow

Lauren McCarthy (she/her/hers)

Postdoctoral Scholar, IRACDA Fellow

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-Rodríguez (he/him/his) : Postdoctoral Scholar, Michigan Life Sciences Fellow

Luis Ortiz-Rodríguez (he/him/his)

Postdoctoral Scholar, Michigan Life Sciences Fellow

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

Daniel Foust (he/him/his) : Postdoctoral Scholar

Daniel Foust (he/him/his)

Postdoctoral Scholar

Daniel is originally from Pasco, WA. He earned a B.S. in Physics from Washington State University and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis. His research interests revolve around using spectroscopic approaches to measure molecular interactions in complex environments. Outside of the lab Daniel enjoys running.
djfoust@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 working on single-molecule imaging in fission yeast. Outside of the lab, she enjoys her walks in the parks, reading books, playing board games, and swimming.
yfyod@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

Ishika (she/her/hers) : PhD Rotation Student, Biophysics

Ishika (she/her/hers)

PhD Rotation Student, Biophysics

Ishika is from Haryana, in northern India. She earned a bachelor's in Chemistry from U. Delhi, and a master's in Chemistry from IIT Delhi, where she studied the kinetics of polyphenol degradation in almost aqueous conditions and collaborated to identify inhibitors against the neurological illness ALS; she is broadly interested in spectroscopy and biology. In her free time, Ishika enjoys sketching, badminton, listening to music, spending time with friends, and—more recently—learning to ice skate.
iishika@umich.edu

Hannah Rivett (she/her/hers) : PhD Rotation Student, Chemistry

Hannah Rivett (she/her/hers)

PhD Rotation Student, Chemistry

Hannah is from Buffalo, NY and earned her B.S. degree in Biochemistry at Canisius College. Her previous research at Canisius quantified heavy metal contamination in the Buffalo River using ICP-MS techniques. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hiking, and working out.
hrivett@umich.edu

Anniya Maysun : Undergraduate Assistant

Anniya Maysun

Undergraduate Assistant

Anniya comes from West Bloomfield, Michigan, and is pursuing a B.S. in Biology, Health, and Society with plans to graduate in 2026. After undergrad, she plans to go to either dental school or pharmacy school. She supports the Biteen Lab technically as a lab assistant. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, going on long walks, and doing arts and crafts.
anniya@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 are available for 2024-2023. Interested UM freshman and sophomores should apply to work in the lab via the UROP program and motivated undergrads should check out the UM Chemistry and Biophysics NSF REU Programs.

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