People

Principal Investigator (P.I.)

mtruttma@umich.edu

I was born and raised in a small village surrounded by the Swiss alps in the heart of continental Europe. I obtained my Ph.D. in Microbiology & Systems biology from the University of Basel, Switzerland in 2010. After a 2-year stint as asset and liability manager for a Swiss consulting company, I joined the lab of Hidde Ploegh at Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research / MIT as a postdoctoral fellow. In late 2016, I moved with the Ploegh lab to Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School to finish up my postdoctoral work. In July 2018, I joined the Medical School at University of Michigan. Ever since, I have been busy setting up my own lab.

In my 'free time', I enjoy hanging out with my family, exercising and cooking

Corey Porter, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

coreymp@med.umich.edu

I was born in Fort Benning, Georgia and grew up around the Southeastern US and Bolivia. I majored in Molecular Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where I graduated in 2009. I then worked as a research technician at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois for two years before pursuing a PhD at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. I completed my PhD in 2018, and then joined the Truttmann lab as a postdoc.

Outside of research, my favorite activities are cooking, hiking, reading, playing with dogs, and beekeeping.

Bhaskar Chatterjee, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

cbhaskar@med.umich.edu

I was born and raised in West Bengal, India. I majored as a B.Tech in Biotechnology at the West Bengal University of Technology, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, where I graduated in 2011. I then joined the Ph.D. program at the Kusuma School of Biological Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. I completed my Ph.D. in 2018 and then joined the Truttmann lab as a postdoc in January 2019.

My favorite pastimes are reading, singing songs, attending concerts and binge-watching TV shows and watching the live telecast of Cricket and Soccer matches.


Shannon Lacy

Graduate student (Cellular & Molecular Biology)

lacysh@umich.edu

I grew up in San Mateo, California (Bay Area) and then switched coasts to attend Colgate University in upstate New York where I majored in Molecular Biology and minored in German. After graduating in 2016, I worked at the National Institutes of Health for two years as a post-bac and developed my research interests in proteostasis-related diseases. I am now a third year graduate student and am pursuing my PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. When not in lab, I enjoy running, drinking too much coffee, and climbing!


Kate M. Van Pelt

Graduate student (Cellular & Molecular Biology)

kvanpelt@umich.edu

I was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, MI. I then headed to Ohio to attend Oberlin College, where I developed research interests in neurodegeneration and protein aggregation. I graduated in May 2018 with a B.A. in Neuroscience and minors in Chemistry and Philosophy. In July 2018, I moved back up to the "mitten" to pursue my doctoral degree here at Michigan. I am currently a 3rd year PhD student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Program (CMB).

Outside of the lab, I enjoy cross-stitching, graphic design, cooking, honing my Star Trek trivia skills, and talking about my cat to anyone willing to listen.

Mirella A. Hernádez-Lima

Graduate student (Neuroscience Graduate Program)

hernm@umich.edu

I am a graduate student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program. I obtained my Bachelors of Arts in Biopsychology from the California State University San Bernardino. In addition to pursuing a doctoral degree, I enjoy participating in activities that promote the involvement of underrepresented students in science.

Nicholas Urban

Graduate student (Molecular & Integrative Physiology)

urbanni@umich.edu

I grew up in the just southwest of Chicago in a town called Lemont, Illinois. I was an NCAA student-athlete at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I majored in Biomedical Science with a minor in Chemistry and graduated in 2019. I suppose my decision to attend graduate school at the University of Michigan must make me an honorary Michigander! I am a first year graduate student and plan on pursuing my PhD in Molecular & Integrative Physiology.

In my free time I enjoy playing sports with friends, listening to vinyl records, playing video games, and exploring nature.


Margaret Macknick-Champion

Research technician

mmchamp@umich.edu

I grew up in Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University, where I received my B.S and MSc. At Eastern, I worked on a project developing small peptides capable of inhibiting the interaction between two dopamine receptor subtypes. This project sparked my interest in protein-protein interactions, which I now investigate in the context of aging and neurodegeneration. Outside of lab I enjoy hiking, discovering new music, and reading a good book.

Joshua Rose

Masters student (Cancer Chemical Biology)

jprosie@umich.edu

Ohio native, spent several years working in cardiology near Toledo, OH. Now spending much of my time managing a construction operation when I am not in class or lab. I am currently enrolled in the Cancer Chemical Biology M.S. program at the University of Michigan and looking forward to spending the next year with Dr. Truttmann’s lab.

Sooin Choi

UROP undergraduate researcher

sooinc@umich.edu

My name is Sooin Choi. I am from Portage, Michigan. The sheer amount of opportunity at University of Michigan wheeled me in. I believe that my pun-making skills at any setting are exceptionally improving.


Indeya Lawrence

UROP undergraduate researcher

imlawren@umich.edu

My name is Indeya (India) Lawrence and I’m an undergraduate student studying biology. I grew up in Ypsilanti, Michigan, and I am proud pet owner of two amazing little animals. I am super grateful to have the opportunity to work in the Truttmann Lab. Outside of my academics, I enjoy baking, hanging out with friends & family, hiking, and trying new things


Samantha Turowski

UROP undergraduate researcher

turowski@umich.edu

I grew up in a small town outside of Grand Rapids, Michigan and am excited to be living in Ann Arbor now. I am an undergraduate student and I plan on pursuing a major in Cellular, Molecular, and Developmental Biology. I am very grateful for this opportunity of working in this lab. In my free time I enjoy watching football and basketball, hanging with my dog, and traveling to new places.


Lab Alumni

Tessa Epstein

Rotating graduate student (Program in Chemical Biology)

epsteint@umich.edu

I was born and raised in New York City and then moved to a small town in coastal Maine to attend Bowdoin College, where I majored in Biochemistry and minored in Sociology. I finally ventured away from the east coast to Ann Arbor and am currently a first year graduate student in the Program in Chemical Biology (PCB). Outside of lab, I enjoy crocheting, yoga, and exploring new places to eat and drink in Ann Arbor!


Shannon Miller

Rotating graduate student (Molecular & Integrative Physiology)

mishanno@umich.edu

Shannon is a rotating PhD student in the Molecular and Integrative Physiology (MIP) graduate program. She grew up in Apple Headquarters, USA (Cupertino, CA) but moved to Colorado where she earned a B.A. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology with a sub-focus in Neuroscience and a minor in Business from University of Colorado Boulder in 2018. She is interested in understanding mechanisms that mediate and mitigate aging and age-related neurodegenerative diseases and how this information can be applied therapeutically. Outside of the lab, she enjoys hiking, skiing/snowboarding, smothering her cat with affection, and becoming overly invested in the current Bachelor/Bachelorette season.


Shewar Ibadat

UROP undergraduate researcher

ibadats@umich.edu

I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. My passion for medicine has driven me to pursue this research opportunity. In my free time I enjoy playing and following sports and hanging out with friends.


Alex Borian

Volunteer researcher

ayborian@umich.edu

I am an international freshman planning to major in neuroscience. Early exposure to medicine made me concerned about well-being of others. This passion drives me through professional and private life.

As an undergraduate research assistant, I am responsible for daily experiment maintenance, performing tests on specimens, and data analysis.

When I am not working, you can find me walking around Ann Arbor, practicing diving for the summer, and building electronic circuits.


Greeshma Pandya

UROP undergraduate researcher

pandyags@umich.edu

I am a 2nd year undergraduate research student studying Biopsychology Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. My interest in medicine has driven to pursue this opportunity research with the Truttmann Laboratory. In my free time I enjoy dancing and experiencing new things.