People

Ann Miller :   Principal Investigator

Ann Miller

Principal Investigator

Founded the lab in Summer 2011
BA: Gustavus Adolphus College, Biochemistry
PhD: Yale University, Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry (Advisor: Dr. Tony Koleske)
- NIH NRSA Predoctoral Fellow
Postdoc: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Zoology (Advisor: Dr. Bill Bement)
- American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow
- Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow

Selected Honors and Awards:
- Vice-Chair, Signaling by Adhesion Receptors GRC
- Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award
- Exceptional Mentor of the Year Award
- CMB Faculty Service Award
- University of Michigan Biological Sciences Scholar

More about Ann Miller          Ann Miller’s CV
“People and Ideas” article about Ann in JCB

annlm@umich.edu
Jennifer Landino :   Postdoc

Jennifer Landino

Postdoc

Joined the lab in August 2017
BS: Cell and Molecular Biology, Grand Valley State (Advisor: Dr. Dawn Clifford Hart)
PhD: Cell and Developmental Biology, Vanderbilt University (Advisor: Dr. Puck Ohi)

landinoj@umich.edu
Rachel Stephenson :   MCDB Research Scientist

Rachel Stephenson

MCDB Research Scientist

Joined the lab in April 2013
BA: Carleton College, Biology
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow
- Bernard Maas Fellow

restep@umich.edu
Torey Arnold :   MCDB Post-Doctorate

Torey Arnold

MCDB Post-Doctorate

Joined the lab in April 2013
BS: Eastern Michigan University, Biology
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow
- Rackham Merit Fellow

toreya@umich.edu
Sara Varadarajan :   MCDB Graduate Student

Sara Varadarajan

MCDB Graduate Student

Joined the lab in April 2016
BS: Anna University Chennai
MS: Illinois Institute of Technology

varadars@umich.edu
Shahana Chumki :   CMB Graduate Student

Shahana Chumki

CMB Graduate Student

Joined the lab in April 2017
BA: Eastern Michigan University
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow

scahmed@umich.edu
Lotte Van den Goor :   MCDB Graduate Student

Lotte Van den Goor

MCDB Graduate Student

Joined the lab in April 2018
BS: Loyola University Chicago, Biochemistry

lvdgoor@umich.edu
Kevin Yoon :   Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Kevin Yoon

Undergraduate Lab Assistant

Joined the lab in November 2017

kevyoon@umich.edu
Eileen Misterovich :   Undergraduate Student

Eileen Misterovich

Undergraduate Student

Joined the lab in January 2018

emister@umich.edu
Jessica Wu :   Undergraduate Student

Jessica Wu

Undergraduate Student

Joined the lab in April 2018

jlwu@umich.edu

Miller Lab Alumni

Tomohito Higashi :   Postdoctoral Fellow

Tomohito Higashi

Postdoctoral Fellow

November 2013 - July 2017
- Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
- See: Higashi et al. (2016) Curr Biol; Higashi and Miller (2017) MBoC
Currently: Assistant Professor with the Chiba Lab at Fukushima Medical University

tohigash@umich.edu
Ciara Reyes :   CMB Graduate Student

Ciara Reyes

CMB Graduate Student

Joined the lab in April 2012 - Defended May 27, 2016
Dissertation: “Characterizing a novel role for the cytokinesis scaffolding protein Anillin in regulating cell-cell junctions”
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow
- Rackham Merit Fellow
- See: Reyes et al. (2014) Curr Biol.
Currently: Teaching Biology at Nashville State Community College, Nashville, TN

Elaina Breznau :   CMB Graduate Student

Elaina Breznau

CMB Graduate Student

Joined the lab in April 2012 - Defended March 11, 2016
Dissertation: “Regulation of epithelial cytokinesis and cell-cell junctions by MgcRacGAP”
- NSF Graduate Research Fellow
- Rackham Merit Fellow
- Journal of Cell Science Traveling Fellowship
- See: Breznau et al. (2015) MBoC; Breznau et al. (2017) JCS.
Currently: Scientist - LBA Development, Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics at MPI Research, Kalamazoo, MI

Megan Fekete :   Lab Technician / Lab Manager

Megan Fekete

Lab Technician / Lab Manager

July 2011 - June 2014
Currently: Research Technician III at Fred Hutch, Seattle, WA

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS:
Farah Huq (independent research), July 2015-August 2018

Lauren Smith (independent research), January 2017-August 2018
– Thesis (CMB Major): “Characterizing the Role of Claudin-23 in Cell-Cell      Junction Structure and Function”

Brandon Coy (independent research), May 2014-May 2018
– Thesis (CMB Major): “Roles of Zyxin and the Arp2/3 complex in junction reinforcement at Rho flares”
– Currently: Medical Student at Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kayla Dinshaw (independent research), May 2014-May 2017
– Thesis (CMB Major): “Anillin’s Myosin- and Actin-binding domains are necessary and sufficient for Anillin’s localization to cell-cell junctions” (Won Christine Psujek Memorial Award for the best Sr. Thesis in Biology)
– 2017-2018: Postbaccalaureate student at the NIH in the Yuspa Lab
– Currently: Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley

Nisha Gopal (independent research), August 2014-June 2016
– Thesis (Biochemistry Major): “The role of Septin-Anillin interactions in the regulation of epithelial cell-cell junctions”
– 2016-2017: Fulbright Fellow: Master’s Degree and structural biology research in Paris, France
– Currently: Ph.D. student in the Stanford Dept. of Structural Biology

Ansley Semack (independent research), September 2012-June 2014
– Currently: MSTP (MD/PhD) student at the University of Michigan

Argyris Zachariou (independent research), January 2013-Dec. 2013

Rhogelyn Espino (independent research, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program student), September 2011-August 2013
– Currently: Physical Therapist

Max Epstein (independent research), September 2011-May 2013
– Currently: Physician

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE/HIGH SCHOOL LAB ASSISTANTS:
Emily Vanerian (undergraduate lab assistant), February 2017-October 2017
Rosemary Kelley (undergraduate lab assistant), December 2015-April 2017
Laura O’Brien (undergraduate lab assistant), September 2014-October 2015
Trevor Krisan
(high school lab assistant), June-August 2016

FORMER ROTATION STUDENTS:
Maria Ahmed (MCDB), Winter 2018
Jessica Trombley (MCDB), Fall 2017
Allison Box (MCDB), Winter 2017
Pusparanee (Anne) Hakim (MCDB), Fall 2016
Brian McGrath, PiBS Rotation Student, Winter 2016
Aaron “Seth” Tooley, PiBS Rotation Student, Fall 2015
Ajai Pulianmackal, MCDB Rotation Student,  Fall 2015
Viktoria Salzmann, PiBS Rotation Student, Winter 2013
Jordann Smak, PiBS Rotation Student, Winter 2013
Yuchen “Kelly” Feng, MCDB Rotation Student, Fall 2012
Harene Venghatakrishnan, MCDB Rotation Student, Winter 2012
Meiyan Jin, MCDB Rotation Student, Winter 2012
Yan Hao, MCDB Rotation Student, Fall 2011

If you are a former Miller lab member and have updated current information, please let Ann know!