Meet our team

We are a multidisciplinary group of engineers, scientists, and clinicians (and future clinicians) with interests in musculoskeletal health and rehabilitation across the lifespan.

Megan Killian

Lab PI
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Joint Faculty: Molecular and Integrative Physiology
Affiliate Faculty: Biomedical Engineering

Expertise: tendon and enthesis development and healing, writing things on white boards.

About me: I am originally from Erie, MI (close to Toledo) and love running, weight lifting, eating food that Adam makes, and watching sci fi shows and Bake Off. Our cat named Absaroka (Abbie) has taken over my instagram (@meganlkillian).

Favorite thing about Ann Arbor: Sports! Go Blue!


Zachary Tata

Associate Research Lab Specialist
Lab Manager

B.S. Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Michigan
Master of Public Health from Michigan State University

Expertise: mouse husbandry, animal procedures, histology

About me: I am originally from Fenton, MI, but have been a long term resident of Ann Arbor. When not in the lab I can be found out hiking with my dachshund, Telly, or puttering around the garden hanging out with my plants.

Favorite thing about Ann Arbor: No matter how long you are here there are still so many awesome things to do and discover.


Syeda Lamia

PhD student in Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan


LeeAnn (Hold) Flowers

PhD student in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan

NSF GRFP Recipient


Steph Steltzer

PhD student in Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan

BS Applied Mathematics in Biological Systems, University of Wisconsin - Madison

BS Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin – Madison

Expertise: in vitro disease modeling using iPSCs, iPSC-derived RPE, neurons, and cardiomyocytes, microscopy, and assay development for HTS

About me: I am originally from Milwaukee, WI, but have also lived in the Boston area for quite a few years. I spent three years in the Bay Area at Tenaya Therapeutics on the Drug Discovery/Precision Medicine team, and I met my dog Bodie in San Francisco. When I’m not in the lab, I can be found trying to find the mountains with Bodie, skiing, or playing soccer with friends!


Tessa Phillips

Post-bac research technician


Jenna Collins

UROP student, sophomore

Current Undergraduate BS in Microbiology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Expertise: histology, RNA-related gene expression research (qPCR, tissue pulverization), statistical analysis

About me: I am originally from Palm Springs, California - a lot different of a climate than Ann Arbor :) In my free time, I love to go on walks around Ann Arbor, explore the Arb with friends, and Facetime my two adorable golden retrievers, Finley and Rusty! One interesting thing about me is that I have moved 10 times in my life, including to Japan!

Favorite thing about Ann Arbor: My favorite thing about Ann Arbor are the restaurants. Whatever I am in the mood for, I know I will find in Ann Arbor (especially breakfast :)


Gregoire Caubel

Volunteer Research Assistant

Undergrad in Mechanical Engineering at the Cooper Union Graduated in 2020.
Completed UM MEDPREP in April 2021
Beginning Medical School this Summer

Expertise: Rotator Cuff Injury Repair, Tendon Biomechanics

About me: I grew up in Easton, PA and spent my undergrad in NYC. I love running, sailing, and kayaking down the Huron with friends. I recently took up ice-skating as I search for activities more suited to the Michigan winter. A fun fact about me is that I am fluent in French.

Favorite thing about Ann Arbor: The Huron River and all the parks during the summer!


Killian lab alumni:

Elahe Ganji, PhD
Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Connor Leek, PhD
Research Assistant II in the Lingappan Lab at CHOP (Philadelphia), starting Feb 2022

Ryan Locke, PhD
Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Mauck Lab at UPENN

Jaclyn Soulas
Currently a VMD student at UPENN

Anna Lia Sullivan
DVM student at Cornell

Iman Bhattacharya
Currently at IDT

Rachel Klink
PhD student at the University of Utah

Kendra Wernlé
Currently a graduate student at the University of Zürich

Aracely Marroquin

UROP student in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Grand Rapids Community College

Elijah Paparella

Co-mentored by Dr. Adam Abraham

Michael Sonnenfelt
Currently a project manager at QPS Holdings

Elisabeth (Beth) Lemmon
Currently a VMD/PhD student at UPENN in the Mauck Lab

Emily Hudson
PhD student at the University of Buffalo;
Former project manager at Arkion Life Sciences

Megan Smith
Currently a research technician at PITT

Nicholas Ruggiero
Currently a research technician at Thomas Jefferson University in the Tomlinson lab

Ellen Dudzinski
Currently an associate product manager at Globus Medical

Adrianna (Ania) Szostek
Currently a DVM student at UGeorgia

Patrick Canning
Currently an Associate scientist at Merck

Angela Livingston

Kierstyn Hendricks

Bhavana Aitha
Currently a medical student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Julianna Wayne

William (Bill) Duncan
MS/MBA student at PITT

Geoff Ming

Joseph Korn

Brandon Okeyo

Keira Morgan

Julia Zimmer