Protein Acrobatics Group







Current Members


Sivaraj (Shiv) Sivaramakrishnan, PI

Contact: sivaraj@umich.edu

 

Rizal Hariadi, Postdoctoral Associate

Rizal received his Ph.D. in applied physics from Caltech for his dissertation on "Non-equilibrium Dynamics of DNA Nanotubes." His scientific interest lies at the interface between DNA nanotechnology and molecular biology, in particular about the role of geometrical organization on the collective behavior of protein motors. For additional information, please visit Rizal's website.
Contact: result@umich.edu

 

Ruth Sommese, Postdoctoral Associate

Ruth received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from Stanford University on "Understanding the molecular mechanisms of cardiomyopathy-causing mutations in sarcomeric proteins." She is interested on connecting basic molecular mechanisms to cellular signaling processes.
Contact: rsommese@umich.edu

 

Rabia Malik, Graduate Student

Cell and Developmental Biology. Rabia graduated from Cornell University in 2007 with a B.A. in Biochemistry. She is currently building FRET sensors to detect activation of enzymes that participate in cell signaling.
Contact: rumalik@umich.edu

Carter Swanson, Graduate Student

Biophysics Program. Carter graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 2010 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. He is interested in engineering protein function as a true protein acrobat. Although he believes it's "irresponsible horseplay" to do flips alongside one's protein.
Contact: cjswan@umich.edu

 

Barath Udayasuryan, Master's Student

College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, M.S., 2013; B.Tech. Biotechnology, Anna University in India. Barath successfully completed his Masters in May 2013. Barath is currently working on understanding kinase signaling in live cells.
Contact: barath@umich.edu

 
 

Mike Ritt, Research Assistant

Mike graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Mike is currently working on engineering proteins to regulate autoinhibition in enzymes. In his time away from the lab, Mike enjoys hockey, music and, thinking about being back in lab.
Contact: rittmich@umich.edu

 
 

Mario Cale, Undergraduate Student

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Biophysics, B.S., 2015. Mario is an enthusiast philosopher. He likes eggs, loves sweets, but absolutely abhors brussels sprouts. He also has zero spice-tolerance. Mario can be found at the bench working alongside Rizal on DNA origami or coding on Mathematica.
Contact: calem@umich.edu

 

Patrick Comer, Undergraduate Student

College of Engineering, Biophysics, B.S., 2016. Patrick is also a UROP member. He is currently working with Mike on developing tools to shed insight into neuronal signaling. For the rest us of who are watching Patrick develop as a young scientist under Mike's mentorship, we are struck by the similarities in their personalities and characteristics. Some of us believe that they were twin brothers separated at birth.
Contact: pecomer@umich.edu

 

Abhinav Appukutty, Undergraduate Student

College of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, B.S., 2017. Abhi (rarely goes by Abhinav) is currently working with on DNA origami.
Contact: aappukut@umich.edu

 

Arvind Narayan, Undergraduate Student

College of Engineering, Biophysics, B.S., 2016. Arvind joined us from the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) at UMich. Arvind knows how to play the piano (albeit poorly), knit, sew, and he also played the "sweeper" position in soccer. Rumor has it that his teammates were terrified of him. The same cannot be said for his fellow lab mates. Arvind is also working with Rabia to develop methods to better understand cell signaling in live cells.
Contact: arvindna@umich.edu

 

Brandon Vargo, Undergraduate Student

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Biophysics, Minor - General Philosophy, B.S., 2014. Brandon is a certified Apple Specialist. Brandon founded InVision Group, Michigan's commercial/residential construction and landscaping company at the age of 13. He now serves as President of the Landscaping Division. Brandon is currently working with Rabia to develop FRET sensors for membrane proteins.
Contact: vargob@umich.edu


Past Members


Will Wang, Undergraduate Student

Ross School of Business, Business, B.B.A., 2012. After working as a Research Assistant in the Susan Steinberg Lab at Columbia University, Will has decided to go to University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
Contact: willuwang@umich.edu

Terrence Tigney, Undergraduate Student

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Molecular and Cell Biology, B.S., 2015.
Contact: terretig@umich.edu

Kendal Noonan, Undergraduate Student

College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Neuroscience, B.S., 2013.
Contact: krnoonan@umich.edu