Meet the Research Team

Michael Wang, MD PhD

Michael Wang is Associate Professor of Neurology and Molecular and Integrative Physiology.  Michael arrived in Ann Arbor in 2003 after finishing research and clinical training at Johns Hopkins, where he was Assistant Professor of Neurology. He serves as Chief of Neurology at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Soo Jung Lee, MS

Soo Jung Lee is a graduate of Pusan University, where she obtained a Masters degree in Molecular Biology. She has been with the lab since 2004. She enjoys cloning, performing protein analysis, and contemplating the unique proteins in blood vessels.  She has set the lab record for number of students mentored.

Xiaojie Zhang, MD PhD

Xiaojie Zhang is interested in proteins that interact with NOTCH3, NOTCH3 clearance, and protein modifications. Xiaojie's best molecular friend is mRNA, which she likes to quantify.  After the brain, the kidney is her second favorite organ (she is a nephrologist).

Naw May Pearl, PhD

Naw May Pearl is a protein expert who joined the lab in 2015.  We are lucky to enjoy her expertise in protein purification, protein analysis, and biochemical skills.  She responds best when called by the name that is listed in the middle.

Ejona Korcari

Ejona Korcari is an undergraduate research assistant who is currently in the UM Class of 2016.  2016 will be her fourth year in the lab, where she has been busy localizing proteins by immunohistochemistry and discovering dozens of new vascular proteins in CADASIL tissue.  Ejona hails from the great state of Michigan.

Jack Gatti

Jack Gatti is an undergraduate research assistant from the UM Class of 2018.  Jack started with us in 2015, and he has been very busy characterizing novel human brain arterial markers by staining.  He is a proud native of Grosse Isle, Michigan!

Luis Savastano, MD PhD

Luis Savastano is a fellow in the lab and also a resident in the Department of Neurosurgery at UM.  Trained in Argentina in neurological anatomy, Luis has strong interests in vascular neurosurgery, with a focus on development of novel methods of visualizing cerebrovascular tissue, in vivo.  Luis is known to be very competitive on the rugby field.

Jon Dean

Jon Dean is a PhD student in the Department of Physiology at the University of Michigan.  An accomplished rock musician from Ohio, Jon has begun studies to characterize brain enzymes that contribute to the formation of neurochemicals expressed in the distressed brain.


Undergrads and Postgrads:

Yue Xi, UM
Christina Chae, Wellesley College
Fausta Ditah, UM Medical School
Jun Li, UM Medical School
Dan Allen, UM
Jessica Wang, UM
Moonsun Park, Michigan State
Yezi Peng, UM
Yaxi Chen, UM
Rushdee Hasan, UM
Candice Yip, UM
Omar Elmadhoun, Wayne State
Avery Chandler, UM
Rahul Puttagunta, Union College
Kelly Young, Washington University (and MD PhD student)
Eric Cheng, UM
Raheeb Hasan, UM
Tasnia Faruq, UM
Ashley Decaluwe, UM
Jiaxin Huang, UM
Lauren Duski, UM
Molly Zimmerman, UM
Eric Keast, UM Medical School
Tess Gao, University of Toledo
Snehaa Maripudi, Johns Hopkins University
Jae Park, UM
Ben Schaffler, UM
Claire Kim, UM
Nya Greenstone, Kalamazoo College
Hollister Swanson, Grand Valley State University
Charissa Obeng-Nyarko, Florida A&M University
Kossi Senagbe, Centenary University
Sean Huff, UM (and MD student; co-mentored)

PhD Students:
Yanmei Zhang, PhD (co-mentored)
Ryan Frieler, PhD (co-mentored)

Yun Xu, MD PhD (co-mentored)
Alexandra Calinescu, PhD (co-mentored)
Tina Chen, PhD (co-mentored)
Lijuan Jia, PhD
He Meng, MD PhD
Hairong Dong, MD PhD

If we've missed you, email Michael to have this list updated.

Alumni, we love hearing about what you are doing.  Please email Michael with an update.