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WHAT: The Niemi lab studies how mitochondria are made and coordinated across physiological contexts. Projects in the lab include understanding the mechanisms and regulation of mitochondrial biogenesis, determining how select mitochondrial proteins are targeted for degradation, and characterizing how post-translational modifications influence mitochondrial form and function. HOW: We blend classic, hypothesis-driven biochemistry, discovery-based systems approaches, and mammalian physiology to understand mitochondria at the enzymatic, organellar, and whole-organism level. WHY: Our long-term goal is to translate our discoveries into new therapeutics options that restore mitochondrial function in human disease.

Mentoring

As a mentor, my goal is to coordinate your success with the success of the laboratory. To enable your success, I will commit to understanding and supporting your career aspirations – whatever they may be, and however they may change during your time in the lab. I will work to provide mentoring at both the scientific and professional level and will assist you and those around you in securing the resources necessary to do the best science that we can as a team. Additionally, I will work to provide tailored mentoring to assist you in reaching your career goals, whether inside or outside of academia.

Our laboratory welcomes and values diversity and believes that pooling our collective and varied experiences allows for a synergy not possible on our own. The laboratory welcomes people from all backgrounds and levels of experience while maintaining expectations of collegiality, openness, honesty, and challenging one another to be excellent scientists.  

Available to Mentor:

  • PhD/MSTP Students

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