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Haley M. Amemiya

PhD Candidate, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Dual MS, Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics


Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0600


PhD Student in the Cellular and Molecular Biology Graduate Program, 2016-present
M.S. in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2016-present
B.S. in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Washington, Seattle, 2012-2016
B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle, 2012-2016

Professional History

2018-present       PhD Student, Freddolino LabDepartment of Biological Chemistry, University of Michigan

                            Project Focus: Investigating the impact of nucleoid-associated proteins (NAPs) on genome architecture and regulation.

2013-2016           Undergraduate Researcher and Student Helper, Brewer / Raghuraman Lab, Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
                            Projects: Environmental influences on chromosomal ribosomal DNA copy number variation, Examination of how rDNA copy number
                            modulates genome replication.


Haley M Amemiya, Anshul Kundaje, Alan Boyle. "The ENCODE Blacklist: Identification of Problematic Regions of the Genome". Scientific Reports 2019, 9:9354. PMID 31249361. 

Joseph Sanchez, Elizabeth X Kwan, Haley M Amemiya, Bonita J Brewer, and M K Raghuraman. “Defective replication initiation results in locus specific chromosome breakage and a ribosomal RNA deficiency in yeast”.PloS Genetics 2017, 13(10): e1007041. PMID: 29036220


Elizabeth X Kwan, Xiaobin S Wang, Haley M Amemiya, Bonita J Brewer, and M K Raghuraman. “rDNA copy number variants are frequent passenger mutations in S. cerevisiae deletion collections and denovotransformants”. Genes, Genomes, Genetics 2016, 6(9): 2829-38. PMID: 27449518

Grants Awarded
2019                 Student Ally for Diversity Grant, Rackham Faculty Allies and Student Ally Diversity Grants program
2019                 Rackham Spring/Summer Internship Grant for Bioscience Doctoral Students
2018                 Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (Candidate)

2017                 Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant (Pre-candidate)

2017-present    Cellular and Molecular Biology Training Grant: NIH T-32-GM007315 (Awarded Extension in 2018)

Honors and Awards
2019                 Rosalie Ginsberg Dedicated Community Service Award 
2019                 Carryl Wischmeyer Krohne Named Grant Endowment Fund, Kappa Alpha Theta Foundation
2019                 Maas Professional Development Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2019                 Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honors Society, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2018                 Scholar-Activist Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2018                 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program - Honorable Mention 
2018                 Maas Professional Development Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2018                 Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Award, Cellular and Molecular Biology Program
2017                 Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service, Program in Biomedical Sciences (PIBS), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2016                 Husky 100 Award, University of Washington, Seattle
2015                 University of Washington Mary Gates Research Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle
2015                 University of Washington Mary Gates Leadership Scholarship, University of Washington, Seattle 

Scientific Outreach (2017-present)

2018-2019    Director of Grantsmanship and Outreach Advisor, Association for Women in Science (AWIS), University of Michigan    
2016-2018        President and Founder, Association for Women in Science (AWIS), University of Michigan
2017-2019    Fellow, Science Communication Fellowship, University of Michigan
2017-2018        Instructor, Michigan Health Science Pre-College Exposure Academy (MHSPEA), University of Michigan 
2017-2018        Instructor, Women in Science and Engineering host Girls in Science and Engineering Summer, University of Michigan
2017                 Coordinator, Speaker, MC, March for Science- Ann Arbor
2017                 Judge, Forsythe Middle School Science Fair