Lab Members

Group Photo Above: From L to R: Dr. Javier Cabello-Villegas, Brian Hardaway, Kunal Khanna, Dr. Adrien Chauvier, Dr. Alex Johnson-Buck, Dr. Elizabeth Duran, Dr. Surajit Chatterjee, Jieming Li, Dr. Nils Walter, Dr. Tanmay Chatterjee, Dr. Rajeev Yadav, Dr. Nibedita Pal, Ameya Jalihal, Dr. Sujay Ray, Shiba Dandpat, Jenna Veenstra, Dr. Poorna Roy, Kamya Gopal, Hailey Blinkiewicz, Michael Rankin, Karen Montoya
Absent: Alisha Spoelman, Anna Spoto, Damon Hoff, Jacqueline Kunesh, Martina Jerant, Pujan Ajmera

Principal Investigator

Prof. Nils Walter, Ph.D. : Principal Investigator

Prof. Nils Walter, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Hi, I'm Nils Walter, the P.I. - which in this case stands for principal investigator. That means that I am coaching our very own bowling team, the RNAces and also the science that all these diligent people above are doing. We have a young, dynamic, and interactive group, which makes it fun to work together. Our lab layout is probably the best in the department, our equipment and the science are first rate (I'm originally from Germany, so the only thing I can complain about is the beer here in the US). I invite you to browse the accompanying information on research and publications and to stop by the lab (room 2020) or my office (room 2405) or email me if you have any further questions.
Curriculum Vitae

Office : 734-615-2060

nwalter@umich.edu

Research Asst Professor

Dr. Alexander (Alex) Johnson-Buck : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Alexander (Alex) Johnson-Buck

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2016

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Alex

alebuck@umich.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Surajit Chatterjee : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Surajit Chatterjee

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2016

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Surajit

surajitc@umich.edu
Dr. Sujay Ray : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Sujay Ray

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2016

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Sujay

Sujay Ray was born in 1986 in Asansol, India. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Calcutta in 2007, followed by a master’s degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in Physics. He earned his Ph.D. from Kent State University, in Kent, Ohio, in 2014 while working on a DNA secondary structure, known as G-Quadruplex and its interaction with various proteins, under the supervision of Dr. Hamza Balci. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow for one year in Dr. Qiong Yang’s lab before joining Dr. Nils Walter’s lab at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is broadly interested in developing novel single molecule techniques to study and manipulate individual biomolecules and complex biological machinery. Apart from assembling, maintaining a high-resolution prism-TIRF type single molecule microscope, he is working towards unraveling the role of noncoding RNAs in translation initiation.

sujayray@umich.edu
Dr. Javier Cabello-Villegas : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Javier Cabello-Villegas

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2016

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Javier

cabelloj@umich.edu
Dr. Rajeev Yadav : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Rajeev Yadav

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2017

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Rajeev

rajeevy@umich.edu
Dr. Tanmay Chatterjee :

Dr. Tanmay Chatterjee

Member since 2017

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Tanmay

tanmayc@umich.edu
Dr. Adrien Chauvier : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Adrien Chauvier

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member Since 2017

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Adrien

achauvie@umich.edu
Elizabeth Duran : Postdoctoral Fellow

Elizabeth Duran

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member Since: 2018

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Elizabeth

elizabcd@umich.edu
Robb Welty : Postdoctoral Fellow

Robb Welty

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member Since: 2018

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Robb

robbw@umich.edu
Zi Li : Postdoctoral Fellow

Zi Li

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2019

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Zi

lzi@umich.edu
Andreas Schmidt : Postdoctoral Fellow

Andreas Schmidt

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member Since: 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Andreas

andsch@umich.edu
Shankar Mandal : Postdoctoral Fellow

Shankar Mandal

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member Since: 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

mandal@umich.edu

SMART Center Staff

Dr. Damon Hoff : SMART Center Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Damon Hoff

SMART Center Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2013

SMART center phone: 734-763-5449

Learn more about Damon

hoffj@umich.edu

Graduate Students

Shiba Dandpat : Chemistry Graduate Student

Shiba Dandpat

Chemistry Graduate Student

Member since 2016

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Shiba

shibas@umich.edu
Ameya Jalihal : Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Student

Ameya Jalihal

Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Student

Member since 2016

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Ameya

ameyapj@umich.edu
Kunal Khanna : Chemistry Graduate Student

Kunal Khanna

Chemistry Graduate Student

Member since 2017

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Kunal

khannak@umich.edu
Liuhan Dai : Rotation Student

Liuhan Dai

Rotation Student

Member since 2017

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Liuhan

liuhand@umich.edu
Karen Montoya : Graduate Student

Karen Montoya

Graduate Student

Member since 2017

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Karne

kmontoya@umich.edu
Guoming Gao : Rotation Student

Guoming Gao

Rotation Student

Member since 2018

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Guoming

gmgao@umich.edu
Saffron Little : Rotation Student

Saffron Little

Rotation Student

Member Since: 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Saffron

littlesr@umich.edu

Masters Students

Chandler Petersen : Masters Student

Chandler Petersen

Masters Student

Member since 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

Learn more about Chandler

chandlpe@umich.edu
Sarah Wagstaff :

Sarah Wagstaff

Member Since: 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

sawagsta@umich.edu

Rotation Students

Rosa Romero :

Rosa Romero

Member Since: 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

roromero@umich.edu
Yun Zhang : Rotation Student

Yun Zhang

Rotation Student

Member since 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

yunzh@umich.edu

Research Associate

Martina Jerant, MPH : Research Associate

Martina Jerant, MPH

Research Associate

Member since 2016

Office : 734-764-7920

mjerant@umich.edu

Undergraduate Students

Anna Spoto : Undergraduate Student

Anna Spoto

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2017

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

spotoann@umich.edu
Pujan Ajmera : Undergraduate student

Pujan Ajmera

Undergraduate student

Member since 2018

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

pujan@umich.edu
Jacqueline Kunesh : Undergraduate student

Jacqueline Kunesh

Undergraduate student

Member since 2018

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

jkunesh@umich.edu
Anastasiya Trzcinski : Undergraduate Student

Anastasiya Trzcinski

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2018

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

atrzcins@umich.edu
Bennett Hendricks : Undergraduate Student

Bennett Hendricks

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2018

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

blhendri@umich.edu
Finsam Samson : Undergraduate Student

Finsam Samson

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

finsam@umich.edu
Carolyn Glasser : Undergraduate Student

Carolyn Glasser

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

caglass@umich.edu

Visiting Researchers

Wenrui Lei : Visiting Researcher

Wenrui Lei

Visiting Researcher

Member Since: 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

wenruil@umich.edu
Yuchen Li : Visiting Researcher

Yuchen Li

Visiting Researcher

Member Since: 2019

North Lab phone number: 734-615-4221
Common room phone number: 734-615-4257

yucheli@umich.edu
Lidan Li : Visiting Researcher

Lidan Li

Visiting Researcher

Member since 2019

South Lab phone number: 734-615-4175
Common Room phone number: 734-615-4257

lidanli@umich.edu