meet the team

Principal Investigator

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.


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.


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 (CMB)

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 neurodegenerative disease. I am now a first year graduate student and am pursuing my PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology. When not in lab, I enjoy playing intramural sports, drinking too much coffee, and climbing!

Kate M. Van Pelt

Graduate student (CMB)

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 2nd 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 (NGP)

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.

Margaret Macknick-Champion

Research laboratory tech associate

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.

Sooin Choi

UROP researcher

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

summer undergraduate researcher

My name is Indeya (India) Lawrence and I’m an undergraduate student studying biology. Outside of school and growing worms, I enjoy baking, hiking, swimming, and hanging out with my friends.

Joshua Rose

Cancer Chemical Biology Masters Student

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.

Samantha Turowski

UROP researcher

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.


Shewar Ibadat

UROP researcher

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

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 researcher

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.