Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Ayyalusamy Ramamoorthy (Rams), Ph.D.

Robert W Parry Collegiate Professor of Chemistry and Biophysics

Professor, Biophysics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Macromolecular Science & Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA

Krishnarjuna Bankala, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Krishna grew up in India. He received his PhD degree from the Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

His research focuses on the structural biophysical/biology of membrane proteins including cytochrome P450, GPCR, and APP (amyloid precursor protein).

Mohammad Javad Hajipour, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Mohamma received his PhD degree (in Biology, Molecular Genetics) from the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Iran.

His research focuses on the mechanisms of amyloid-beta aggregation under various conditions (including the effects of cofactors) and also on the development of nanodiscs.

Samuel McCalpin, Physical Chemistry Graduate Student

Sam received his BS degree in Chemistry from Haverford College, Pennsylvania.

He is interested in studying the role of zinc and insulin on the amyloid aggregation of amylin (or IAPP) and their implications in type-2 diabetes.

Joseph Martin, Chemical Biology Graduate Student


Joe received BS Chemistry degree form St. John University (Queens, New York). He works on the biophysical studies of membrane proteins GPCR and APP (amyloid precurson protein).

Abigail Sossen, Chemical Biology (Rotation) Graduate Student


Abigail is working on the gut-brain-amyloid project.

Katerina Kornievskaia, Chemistry Undergraduate Student

She is studying the role of metals on the amyloid aggregation of amylin (or IAPP) related to type-2 diabetes.

Srikar Munukutla, Chemistry Student

Srikar received his BS degree in Chemistry from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

He is working on an educational project to study NMR spectroscopy through music.

Matteo Munaco, Biomedical Engineering Undergraduate Student

He is working on the biophysical characterization of novel nanodiscs.

He is also working on an educational project developing an undergradaute-level course to teach "Nuts and Bolts of Nanodiscs".

Dylan Landau, Chemistry Undergraduate Student

He is investigating on the role of gangliosides on amyloid-beta aggregation.

Chandan Kadur, Biomolecular Sciences Undergraduate Student

He is working on lipid-nanodiscs.