Current and Past Lab Members

Current Members

Megan Forrest, Ph.D.

Post-doctoral Fellow

Department of Human Genetics


Project: Defining the role of glycyl-tRNA synthetase in dominant and recessive disease

Molly Kuo, B.S.

M.D., Ph.D. Student

Cellular and Molecular Biology Program


Project: Defining the role of cysteinyl-tRNA synthetase in recessive human disease phenotypes

Christina Del Greco, B.S.

Ph.D. Student

Department of Human Genetics


Project: Define the molecular mechanisms of diseases caused by mutations in mitochondrial tRNA charging enzymes

Sheila Marte, B.S.

Ph.D. Student

Department of Human Genetics


Project: Identify factors that modulate phenotypes associated with tRNA synthetase mutations

Allison Cale, B.S.

Ph.D. Student

Department of Human Genetics


Project: Predictive modeling to identify pathogenic mutations in genes encoding aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases

Jennifer Pierluissi, M.S.

Research Lab Specialist Intermediate

Department of Human Genetics


Project: C. elegans models of pathogenic tRNA synthetase variants

Anthony Antonellis, Ph.D.

James V. Neel Collegiate Professor 

Chair

Department of Human Genetics

Email: antonell@umich.edu

Twitter: @sequenceman

Alumni

Rebecca Meyer-Schuman, Ph.D.

Department of Human Genetics

Defended Thesis in August 2021

Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Huda Zoghbi’s lab, Baylor College of Medicine


Elizabeth Fogarty, Ph.D.

Neuroscience Program

Defended Thesis in October 2018

Current Position: Post-doctoral fellow in Dr. Laura Buttitta’s lab, University of Michigan


Natasha Golovchenko, B.S.

Research Associate

Fall 2017 - Summer 2019

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Newark


Chetna Gopinath, Ph.D.

Cellular and Molecular Biology Program

Defended Thesis in November 2017

Current Position: Competitive Intelligence Associate, Genentech


Stephanie Oprescu, B.S.

Research Associate

Summer 2014 - Summer 2017

Current Position: Ph.D. Student, Purdue University


Kayla Smith

Undergraduate UROP Student

2016 - 2017 Academic Year


Miranda (Rogers) McMillan, M.S.

M.S. Student

Department of Human Genetics

Current Position: Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Kansas Medical Center


William Law, Ph.D.

Department of Human Genetics

Defended Ph.D. April 2016

Current Position: Senior Applications Scientist, PerkinElmer


Laurie Griffin, M.D., Ph.D.

Cellular and Molecular Biology (M.D., Ph.D. Student)

Defended Ph.D. March 2016

Current Position: Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident, Brown Medical School


Alex Kolenda

UROP Student

2013 - 2015 Academic Years

Current Position: Medical Student, University of Michigan


Sarah Kawar

UROP Student

2013 - 2014 Academic Year


Rachel Wallen, M.S.

M.S. Student, Human Genetics

Winter 2012 - Winter 2014

Current Position: Engineering Assistant, Link Engineering Company


Megan Brewer, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Winter 2011 - Fall 2013

Current Position: Senior Hospital Scientist, ANZAC Research Institute


Aimee Vester, B.S.

Undergraduate Research Assistant and then Post-bacc Research Technician

Fall 2009 - Spring 2013

Current Position: M.D., Ph.D. Student, Emory School of Medicine


Heather McLaughlin, Ph.D.

Department of Human Genetics

Defended Ph.D. in May 2012

Current Position: Clinical Molecular Geneticist, Invitae


Chani Hodonsky, Ph.D.

Research Technician

Summer 2009 - Spring 2012

Current Position: Post-doctoral Fellow with Clint Miller, University of Virginia 


Kira Charney, M.D.

Undergraduate Research Assistant and then Post-bacc Research Technician

Fall 2009 - Summer 2011

Current Position: Hospitalist, Northwestern Medical Lake Forest Hospital


Stephanie Baum, M.D.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Neuroscience Honors Student

Winter 2010 - Spring 2011

Current Position: Obstetrics and Gynecology Resident, Lenox Hill Hospital