As part of the CBI Training Program it is a requirement that all appointed students complete a Student Sabbatical by the end of your graduate studies (preferably by the end of 4.5 years in the graduate program). The Student Sabbatical proposal must be submitted by July 1 of the end of the student’s first year of support. The proposal must be approved by the CBI Program Committee before funding for the appointed student is terminated. Once the student has returned to the University of Michigan, from the Sabbatical, a one-two page written report, describing the entire experience, will be due within 30 days. The background of the Student Sabbatical is as follows:

  • Students will write a proposal that outlines an “advanced rotation experience”, preferably in a research collaborators laboratory. The site of the 10 week sabbatical may be in academe, industry, or government laboratories. These laboratories may be physically located in Ann Arbor, but will preferably be located outside the University of Michigan, possibly in more distant sites, including out of state and overseas.
  • It is expected that the student will physically move to the laboratory of the collaborator for the period of the sabbatical. If necessary, the sabbatical may be done over more than one visit.
  • The proposal should describe a self-contained project that is relevant to the student’s thesis work.
  • A letter of approval by the advisor shall be obtained and submitted within the package.
  • A letter of agreement from the host scientist shall be obtained and submitted within the package.
  • At the end of the sabbatical, a short report of research experience will be submitted to the program committee. This report is due within one month of completion of the Sabbatical.
  • Advisors, for each Fellow, will receive correspondence on all communications regarding the sabbatical.

The format and requirements of the Student Sabbatical Proposal are as follows:

  • Cover Sheet
  • Letter of Support from the Student’s Advisor
    •  Proposals should include a letter from the UM advisor supporting the choice of the sabbatical plan and explaining how the sabbatical will supplement the training that would otherwise be provided during the course of your Ph.D. studies.
  • Proposal Letter (minimum of three pages and a maximum of five)
  • Letter of Support from Sabbatical Host
    • A letter of support from the sabbatical host mentor is not required. Communication with the host mentor should occur prior to submission of the sabbatical proposal to ensure that the opportunity will materialize in a fashion consistent with what is described in the proposal.

The requirements of the 3-5 page Proposal Letter are as follows:

  • Background of Research/Studies at U of M
  • Preliminary Work – explanation of ongoing work in your lab
  • Actual proposal of the work to be completed at the Host location lab/industry
  • Explanation of how the work completed on your Sabbatical relates to your thesis research at U of M.

Once the sabbatical has been completed, a written Final Sabbatical Report, explaining and detailing your experience, will be due within 30 days of your arrival back to the University of Michigan’s Campus.

The format and requirements of the Student Sabbatical Completion Report are as follows:

The requirements of the Completion Report are as follows:

  • Explanation on the work completed at the Host location lab/industry, and what was achieved
  • Explanation of how the work completed on your Sabbatical relates to your thesis research at U of M
  • While it is unlikely that a research publication will have been submitted or written during this period, it is important that you inform us of any publications that were written as a result of the Sabbatical. Of course, if a paper has been written on this subject, we welcome this as an appendix to your report.

Student Sabbatical Proposals

Year Student Mentor Host Location
Project Title


2018 Summer Baker Dockrey Alison Narayan Merck Biocatalysis Group Merck & Co., Rahway New Jersey Biocatalytic site- and stereoselective hydroxylation of medicinally relevant motifs
2018 Hannah Foley Sarah Keane Melanie Ohi University of Michigan Determining the Tertiary Structure of Oncomir-1 with NMR and CryoElectron Microscopy


2017 Sarah Haynes Brent Martin Alexey Nesvizhskii University of Michigan A data analysis pipeline for ion mobility-enabled proteomics


2016 Desiree Garcia-Torres Carol Fierke Carol Williams Medical College of Wisconsin The study of prenylation and membrane localization of small GTPases in cancerous cells using newly identified antisense drugs
2016 Osvaldo Cruz John Tesmer Heidi Hamm Vanderbilt University Investigation of Gβγ – effector interactions using peptide arrays
2016 Claire Cato John Tesmer Raymond Stevens University of Southern California, Bridge Institute Analysis of the G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR)-CPCR kinase (GRK) interface
2016 Lyanne Gómez-Rodríguez David Sherman Christopher Dupont J. Craig Venter Institute Natural Product Cluster Assembly from Metagenomic Data
2016 Will Kaplan Pavel Nagorny Daniel Michele University of Michigan  Development of an In Vitro Assay for the Testing of Cardiotonic Steroids and their Analogs


2015 Katie Rush Stephen Ragsdale Alexander Johs Oak Ridge National Laboratory The role of HgcA and HgcB in the biosynthesis of methylmercury


2014 Eric Lachacz Matthew Soellner Torsten Nielsen University of British Columbia Profiled Kinase Inhibitors for Investigating Sarcomas
2014 David Rogawski Jolanta Grembecka Patricia Ernst Dartmouth Medical School The function of the ASH1L histone methyltransferase in leukemia


2013 Rachel Pricer Anna Mapp Brent Martin UM Ann Arbor Genetic Incorporation of Photoactivatable Amino Acids for the Study of Protein-Protein Interactions


2012 Conor Doss Anna Mapp Quintin Pan Ohio State University Phenotypic and specific cell fate consequences of Inhibiting the p300/CH1 on NANOG expression in cancer cells
2012 Frank Kwarcinski Matthew Soellner Markus Seeliger; Jeanne A. Stuckey Stony Brook University NY; UM Ann Arbor Selective irreversible c-­-Src inhibitors to explore kinase P-­-loop conformations through protein crystallization and crystal structure of the c-Yes enzyme
2012 Erin Miller Patrick O’Brien Leona Samson MIT The study of AlkB, another bacterial DNA repair protein
2012 Carol Ann Pitcairn Carol Fierke Geeta Narlikar UCalifornia-SF Reconstituting chromatin from recombinant components and ising a variety of biophysical approaches to study how chromatin structure is altered by chromatin remodeling enzymes
2012 Alison Tebo Vincent Pecoraro Ally Aukauloo Université Paris-Sud 11 Techniques to selectively label peptides with Ru(bpy) chromophores for the measurement of electron transfer rates between the designed iron center in the peptide and the chromophore


2011 Steffen Bernard Janet Smith David Sherman UM, Ann Arbor Synthesis of Substrate Mimics to Probe Substrate Specificity in Polyketide SynthaseKetoreductase Domains
2011 Derek Lyons Patrick O’Brien Thomas E. Wilson UM, Ann Arbor Alteration of Frameshift Mutation Rate Resulting from Imbalanced DNA Repair
2011 Ronald Jenkins Garry Dotson Jeanne Stuckey UM, Ann Arbor Probing Early Acyltransferases of Lipid A Biosynthesis: A Crystallographic Study
2011 Christopher Taylor Anna Mapp Colin Duckett UM, Ann Arbor Identification of molecules that modulate the activity of the activator NF-kappaB
2011 Solymar Negretti John Montgomery David Sherman UM, Ann Arbor Isolation of Natural Product Intermediates Narbonolide and 10-deoxymethynolide & Biological Evaluation of PikC Unnatural Substrates:PikC Oxidation Studies and Antibacterial Assays
2011 Jonathan Whicher Janet Smith David Sherman UM, Ann Arbor Characterization of docking domains from the curacin A biosynthetic pathway Completion Report
2011 Melissa Zastrow VPecoraro Fraser A. Armstrong Oxford University, London UK Electrochemical studies on copper bound in a His3 coordination environment in peptides of the TRI family
Sabbatical Completion Report


2009 Dustin Patterson Neil Marsh Mark Banaszak Holl UM, Ann Arbor Imaging proteins by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
2009 James Patrone Garry Dotson Jeanne Stuckey UM, Ann Arbor Intermediate-Based Inhibitors of Phosphopantothenoylcysteine Synthetase: A Crystallographic Study
2009 Matthew Leathen John Wolfe Amgen Inc. Cambridge, Massachusetts Facile preparation of protected benzylic and heteroarylmethyl amines via room temperature Curtius rearrangement


2007 Edgar Lee AGafni Bradd Orr UM Mechanisms of Islet Amyloid Polypeptide Oligomerization Investigated
with Atomic Force Microscopy


2006 Sara Buhrlage AMapp David Wemmer Berkeley, CA Small Molecules for Targeting Protein Surfaces


2005 Curtis Schneider VPecoraro Luca DiGioia Milan, Italy Mechanism of Oxo Transfer Ligands: A DFT Investigation (.doc)
EJIC article (pdf)

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