Lab Members

Laura Buttitta : Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Laura Buttitta

Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Laura obtained her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 2004. She then joined Dr. Bruce Edgar's lab as a postdoc at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. There she began using Drosophila as a model system to study cell cycle regulation. Laura's lab opened at UMich in Jan. 2011 and studies how the cell cycle is shut off in quiescent cells, such as differentiated or stem cells, using both Drosophila and mammalian cell systems.

buttitta@umich.edu
Elizabeth Fogarty : Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth Fogarty

Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth received a B.S. in Neuroscience from the University of Texas at Dallas and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan. She joined the Buttitta lab in November 2019 and is studying how developmental chromatin dynamics contribute to cell cycle exit.

Shyama Nandakumar : Graduate Student

Shyama Nandakumar

Graduate Student

Shyama has a B.Tech in Genetic Engineering from SRM University, Chennai. She spends most of her time on the microscope or with the flow cytometer. Shyama enjoys picking brains and bad puns.

shyama@umich.edu
Ajai Pulianmackal : Graduate Student

Ajai Pulianmackal

Graduate Student

Ajai is currently working on messing with phosphatases to give flies tumors.

ajai@umich.edu
Allison Box : Graduate Student

Allison Box

Graduate Student

Allison is studying the Drosophila accessory gland.

achasnis@umich.edu
S. Jaimian Church : Graduate Student

S. Jaimian Church

Graduate Student

Jaimian earned his bachelor's degree in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan in 2017. He then joined the Buttitta lab as a Master's student and completed his MA degree in April 2019. Jaimian is now a PhD student in our MCDB program and is studying the Drosophila accessory gland as a model for prostate cancer.

Emily Rozich : Undergraduate

Emily Rozich

Undergraduate

Emily R. is our "Jane of all trades". She is the Best Flipper, can expertly dissect anything from pupa wings to adult brains and contributes to several projects in our lab.

Elli Fackelman : Graduate Student

Elli Fackelman

Graduate Student

Elli received her B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Michigan in 2012, and her M.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Eastern Michigan University in 2016. Elli joined the Buttitta Lab in April 2019 and is studying Gene Regulatory Networks in the Drosophila wing

Emily Lerner : Undergraduate

Emily Lerner

Undergraduate

Emily is double majoring in International Studies and Biomolecular Science and under the guidance of Shyama, she studies the fly brain. However, her most important job is always commanding the fly room aux.

Chelsea Yu : Undergraduate

Chelsea Yu

Undergraduate

Chelsea is working under the guidance of Shyama to study the fly brain. But when she isn't working in lab, you can find her foraging for free food and studying exclusively at lab common spaces!

Ashley Francis : Undergraduate

Ashley Francis

Undergraduate

Ashley is a Neuroscience major studying the Drosophila brain, under the guidance of Shyama.  When she’s not studying, she loves buying things she doesn’t need on Amazon while jamming to Celine Dion.

Dilan Prasad : Undergraduate

Dilan Prasad

Undergraduate

Dilan is currently working on the Drosophila accessory gland

Ariana Afrakteh : Undergraduate

Ariana Afrakteh

Undergraduate

Ariana is working with Allison on the Drosophila accessory gland

Olatunji Osobamiro : Undergraduate

Olatunji Osobamiro

Undergraduate

Olatunji is currently working with Laura on the Drosophila wing

Ella Gourley : Undergraduate

Ella Gourley

Undergraduate

Ella is currently working with Laura on the Drosophila wing

Yiqin Ma : Former Graduate student

Yiqin Ma

Former Graduate student

Yiqin obtained her B.S. from Wuhan University (one of the most beautiful universities in China). She enjoys traveling, reading and is a big fan of green tea frappuccino! Yiqin completed her PhD in 2018 and is now a Postdoc with Bruce Edgar at the University of Utah.

myiqin@umich.edu
Kiriaki Kanakousaki, PhD : Former Research Fellow, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Kiriaki Kanakousaki, PhD

Former Research Fellow, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Dr. Kanakousaki joined the Buttitta Lab as a postdoc in December 2012. She previously trained with Dr. Matt Gibson at the Stowers Institute for her PhD. She is currently a postdoc with Laura Johnston at Columbia University.

Dan “Rosaline” Sun, PhD : Former Graduate Student

Dan “Rosaline” Sun, PhD

Former Graduate Student

Currently a postdoc with Julio Aguirre-Ghiso, Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai 

Kerry Flegel, PhD : Former graduate student

Kerry Flegel, PhD

Former graduate student

Currently a lecturer for University of Michigan

kerryann@umich.edu
Tom :

Tom

Tom is our lab mascot. An ancient writing tool unearthed by the "Kraus" archaeology expedition in 2018. Tom reminds us of how we really should be writing....