Sonya Royzenblat

Ph.D. student

Cellular and Molecular Biology

Program in Biomedical Sciences



Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0600


B.S. with Honors in Biology, with Minor in Psychology, from Wayne State University, 2018

Research Interests

E. coli chromosome conformation mapping. The organization of some bacterial chromosomes in three-dimensional space is still a topic under scrutiny. Given that chromosomal position has been shown to have a strong effect on transcription, and that specific highly expressed genes have been observed to cluster into transcriptional factories, information on chromosomal conformation is critical in further studying the regulation of bacterial gene transcription. Our interests lay in further characterizing the three-dimensional chromosome structure in E. coli and B. subtilis and determining what relation long-range contacts made in 3D space have with gene regulation.

Professional History

2018-2020: Lab Technician

Weivoda Lab, Periodontics and Oral Medicine, University of Michigan

Fellowships and Awards

Rackham Merit Fellowship, 2020-2022

CMB NIH Training Grant, 2021

Rackham Pre-Candidate Graduate Student Research Grant, 2021

NSF GRFP Honorable Mention, 2022

CMB NIH Training Grant, 2022