People

 Primary Investigator:

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Jayakrishnan (JK) Nandakumar

Education: B.Sc., University of Calcutta, India

M.S., Indian Institute of Science, India

Ph. D., Memorial Sloan-KetteringInstitute / Cornell University

Postdoc: University of Colorado at Boulder

Research interests : Interested in all events occurring at the ends of chromosomes.

Postdoctoral fellows:

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Valerie Tesmer
Inthekab Alam

Graduate students:

Eric Smith (Chemical Biology program)
Eric Smith (Chemical Biology program)
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Sherilyn Ketchum (MCDB program)
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Devon Pendlebury (Chemical Biology program)
Jacqueline Graniel (MSTP program; CDB cognate)
Ritvija Agrawal (MCDB Program)
Shilpa Padmanaban

Research lab technician associates:

Undergraduate students:

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Oana Danciu

Alumni:

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Jonathan Williams conducted his undergraduate honors thesis in the lab and then continued for one more year in the lab doing research. He is enrolled in the MSTP program at UM starting his MD-PhD in fall of 2018.
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Kamlesh Bisht was a postdoctoral fellow from 20014-16. He is currently employed as a Senior Scientist, in Translational Development and Diagnostics at
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Hande Kocak (Human Genetics program; visiting from Dr. Katy Keegan's lab @ UofM Med. School)
Hande Kocak (Ph.D.) completed her PhD with Dr. Nandakumar (collaborator/co-mentor) and Dr. Catherine Keegan (primary mentor) in 2013, and is now an Assistant Professor in the Istanbul Bilim University in Turkey.

Mayuresh Iyer conducted undergraduate research in the lab.

Jeff Kuhary conducted undergraduate research in the lab.

Andrew Polzin (M.S.) completed his Master in the lab and is now working with Epic in Verona, Wisconsin.

Past rotation students:

Varsha Venkatarangan (MCDB Program)

Monika Franco (Chemical Biology Program)

Yongtong (Shero) Lao (Chemical Biology Program)

Lauren Koch (PIBS program)

Damian Gatica (MCDB program)

Jennifer Chik (PIBS program)

Shyama Nandakumar (MCDB program)

Janet Price (MCDB program)

Jacqueline Granieal (PIBS program)

Roop Jaffri (MCDB program)

Taylor Nye (PIBS program)

Group photographs

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Yay! We are a Sustainable Lab!
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December 2013 lab lunch and Sheri’s birthday bash: From left to right: JK, Andy, Sheri, and Valerie.
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Lab lunch in Summer of 2014 at Totoro

 

Lab pumpkin hunt – 2014
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Celebrating our R01 grant success – 2016