Dr. Matthew J. Merrins
After completing a double major in Biochemistry and Biology at Oberlin College, Matt received his Ph.D. in Physiology from the University of Michigan, where he studied exocytosis in adipocytes and pancreatic beta cells with Dr. Ed Stuenkel. From there he joined Dr. Les Satin's islet biology lab at the Brehm Diabetes Center at the University of Michigan. Matt joined the faculty at UW-Madison in 2014. When not teaching or conducting research, Matt enjoys road trips to upstate NY with his wife and two kids, playing ultimate frisbee, and running with his dog Shasta.
Dr. Hannah Foster
Hannah is a postdoctoral fellow with a passion for protein biochemistry. A lifelong musician, she received her Bachelor's of Music in harp performance from the University of Michigan in 2005. She explored her love for the natural world in the Frontiers Master's Program in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Michigan in 2008. Her thesis examined the effect of the pharmaceutical Prozac on tadpole development. After a year developing her cell biology skills in the lab of Dr. Sean Morrison, Hannah went on to receive her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Harvard University in 2016. There, she worked under Dr. Briana Burton to characterize a protein that contributes to the spread of antibiotic resistance. When she is not in the lab, Hannah enjoys studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and spending time with her family, which includes her wife and three dogs.