Lab Members

Sarah C Keane :

Sarah C Keane

Sarah Keane graduated from Furman University with a B.S. in Chemistry (2007). Under the direction of David Giedroc, she received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Indiana University (2012). Sarah then accepted a postdoctoral position with Michael Summers at The University of Maryland Baltimore County. Sarah joined the University of Michigan in January 2017 with a joint appointment in the Biophysics and Chemistry departments. The Keane lab is interested in uncovering the structures and mechanisms of biologically relevant noncoding RNAs using NMR spectroscopy complemented with other biochemical and biophysical tools.


Huaqun Zhang :

Huaqun Zhang

2008 B.S, Jiangxi Normal University, Jiangxi China

2011 M.S, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai China

2017 PhD, Miami University, Oxford Ohio.

Research interests: Biophysical and biochemical study of health-related or other important proteins and RNAs, including protein-protein/protein-RNA interaction, as well as protein/RNA structural elucidation using NMR and X-ray crystallography.

Outside of the lab: Playing basketball with friends, fishing and walking with family.
Anita Kotar :

Anita Kotar

2015 Master of pharmacy, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

2019 PhD, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Research interests: Structures of nucleic acids and their interactions with proteins and small molecules. I am interested in; how nucleic acids structures are connected to their functions, since understanding the structure-function relationship enables us to manipulate it for therapeutic purposes. To study this, I use NMR spectroscopy in combination with other biophysical and biochemical approaches.

Outside of the lab: Exploring America’s culture, nature and cities. I like to dance and cook/bake.

Graduate Students:

Ian Hall :

Ian Hall

2018 B.S. Chemistry, Lyon College

Graduate Student, Chemistry Department

Outside of lab: tabletop gaming, video games, soccer, and biking.
Sicong Ma :

Sicong Ma

2019 B.S. Chemistry, Nankai University, China

Graduate Student, Biophysics Department

Outside of lab: basketball, cooking, video games, fitness and spending time with friends.


Kyrillos Abdallah :

Kyrillos Abdallah

Sophomore working towards a B.S. in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biophysics (Structural Biology)

Outside of the Lab: Enjoys reading, playing basketball, and watching movies or stand-up comedy with friends.

Future: Obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry and go into academia.
Austin Wang :

Austin Wang

Sophomore B.S. Chemical Science, B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology (Double Major)

Outside the lab: Spend free time running engineering project teams, doing photography, cooking, and playing video games with friends.

Future: Obtain an M.D./Ph.D. to pursue medicine and medicinal chemistry.
Amos Nissley :

Amos Nissley

Sophomore B.S. Chemistry Major

Outside of the lab: Plays the tenor saxophone in the Michigan Marching Band and Basketball Band.

Future: Plans to go to graduate school to obtain a Ph.D.
Kirk Baughman :

Kirk Baughman

Sophomore working towards a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan

Outside of the lab: enjoys reading, playing piano, spending time with friends, drawing, painting, and going on hikes.

Future: Plans to obtain a Ph.D. in Chemistry and go into research
Kate Zablock :

Kate Zablock

Sophomore B.S. Biomolecular Science with minor in Gender & Health

Outside the lab: Enjoys anything fitness related, reading, hanging out with friends, and cooking

Future: Obtain M.D. and work specifically in the women’s health fields

Research Technician:

Tracy Hodges :

Tracy Hodges

2015 B.S. Microbiology, Michigan State University

2015 B.S. Molecular Genetics & Genomics, Michigan State University

Previous research: Assessing metabolic activity in bacterial populations using immunocytochemical detection of BrdU laced DNA.

Outside of the lab: helps coach diving; enjoys doing yoga, playing video games, rollercoasters, puppies, watching food network & Patriots football, and jet-skiing when the Michigan weather allows.

Future: Plans to obtain an MD/PhD and hopes to split time between clinical medicine and research.

Office: 3039 Chemistry