©2019 by VanEpps Research Laboratory

Christopher Altheim, B.S. 

Lab Manager

Education:

B.S. Microbiology/Chemistry,

Grand Valley State University 

Interests:

Biofilm signaling 

Contact: caltheim@med.umich.edu

Erika Martinez-Nieves, M.S.

Research Specialist

Education:

B.S. Physics, University of Puerto Rico  

B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico 

M.S. Biochemistry, University of Michigan 

Ann Arbor  

Interests:

Nano-rod PCR; rapid bacterial detection nanotechnology. 

Contact: erikamn@med.umich.edu

Shannon VanAken, M.S.

Research Specialist

Education:

B.S. Microbiology and Chemistry, Ohio State University  

M.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology, Eastern Michigan University 

Interests:

Antibacterial treatments; heat treatment for biofilms within catheters

 

Contact: shanbrew@med.umich.edu

Yichun Wang, PhD

Postdoctoral fellow, Biomedical Engineering 

Education:

B.S. Biological Sciences and Medical Engineering, Chien-Shiung Wu Honors College, Sourth East University, China

Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

M.S.E. Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

                       

Contact: yichunw@umich.edu

Joanne Beckwith, M.S.

Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering

Education:

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Toledo 

Interest: 

Heat treatment against bacterial/fungi biofilm in medical devices 

Contact: jbeckwit@umich.edu

Shamalee Goonetilleke, B.S.

Graduate student, Macromulecular Science and Engineering 

Education:

B.S Material Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Interests: Bactericidal nano pillar arrays 

 

Contact: shamalee@umich.edu

John Soukar, B.S.

Research Technician

Education:

B.S. Microbiology, University of Michigan, 

Ann Arbor

Interests:

Nanoparticle impact as antibacterial reagents; medical/clinical research 

Contact: soukarjo@med.umich.edu

Misché Hubbard, B.S.    

Graduate Student, Chemical Engineering

 

Education:

B.S. Chemical Engineering,

University of New Mexico

Contact: mische@umich.edu