Lab Members

walter lab group photo_header

Front row from L to R: Martina Jerant, Collin Marshall, Dr. Surajit Chatterjee, Dr. Paul Lund, Dr. Rajeev Yadav, Dr. Sujay Ray, Dr. Nibedita Pal, Dr. Hui Li, Autumn Acklin, Hailey Blinkiewicz. Back row from L to R: Dr. Poorna Roy, Molly McNeely, Dr. Javier Cabello, Kunal Khanna, Shiba Dandpat, Dr. Tanmay Chaterjee, Jieming Li, Dr. Julia Widom, Ameya Jalihal, D. Nils Walter. Absent: Alex Johnson-Buck, Alisha Spoelman, Damon Hoff, Jonathan Kuriakose, Spencer Haupert, Valter Zazubovits, Victoria Rai

 

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 Assistant 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

alebuck@umich.edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Dr. Paul Lund : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Paul Lund

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member Since: 2010

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

palund@umich.edu
Dr. Julia Widom : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Julia Widom

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2014

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

Julia R. Widom received her B.A. in chemistry from Northwestern University in 2009. In 2013, she completed her Ph.D. in physical chemistry in the laboratory of Andrew H. Marcus at the University of Oregon, where she used fluorescence-detected two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy to study the structures and excited state dynamics of biomolecules. She is now a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nils Walter at the University of Michigan, where she is supported by an NIH K99 Pathway to Independence Award. In her current research, she combines single-molecule fluorescence and biochemical techniques to study the molecular mechanisms of RNA transcription and splicing.

jwidom@umich.edu
Dr. Nibedita Pal : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Nibedita Pal

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2016

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

paln@umich.edu
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

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

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

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

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

tanmayc@umich.edu
Dr. Poorna Roy : Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Poorna Roy

Postdoctoral Fellow

Member since 2017

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

poroy@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

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

elizabcd@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

hoffj@umich.edu

Graduate Students

Jieming Li : Chemistry Graduate Student

Jieming Li

Chemistry Graduate Student

Member since 2014

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

jmli@umich.edu
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

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

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

khannak@umich.edu

Masters Students

Brian Hardaway : Masters Student

Brian Hardaway

Masters Student

Member since 2017

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

briandha@umich.edu

Rotation Students

Gabrielle Kasner : Rotation Student

Gabrielle Kasner

Rotation Student

Member since 2018

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

 



Research Associate

Martina Jerant, MPH : Research Associate

Martina Jerant, MPH

Research Associate

Member since 2016

Office : 734-764-7920

mjerant@umich.edu

Undergraduate Students

Alisha Spoelman : Undergraduate Student

Alisha Spoelman

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2016

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

alijoy@umich.edu
Hailey Blinkiewicz : Undergraduate Student

Hailey Blinkiewicz

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2017

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

hblink@umich.edu
Meike Stoldt : Undergraduate Student

Meike Stoldt

Undergraduate Student

Member since 2017

Michigan Center for Translational Pathology: 734-764-3783

mstoldt@umich.edu
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