Principal Investigator

Dr. Jeff MacKeigan is a Professor of Cancer Biology and Complex Diseases in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University. He earned his B.A. from the University of Colorado in 1995 and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Center in 2002. His postdoctoral research in the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School was immediately followed by a position as project leader at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2004. Dr. MacKeigan joined the faculty at the Van Andel Research Institute as an Assistant Professor in 2006; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010; and joined Michigan State University as a Professor in 2017.

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Research Assistant Professor

Katie received a B.S. in biology from Grand Valley State University in 2006. She attended graduate school at Michigan State University where she earned her Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology. During her doctoral studies, Katie focused on PI(3)P signaling and autophagy using RNAi, in silico virtual library screening, and mathematical modeling. Katie has been a scientific project leader in the MacKeigan Lab since 2011, where she helps guide and implement the lab’s research strategy. Katie has a significant role in laboratory training, grant writing, and manuscript development.

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Research Associate

Stephanie earned a B.A. in chemistry from Hope College in 2009, and received her M.S. in cell and molecular biology, biotechnology, PSM from Grand Valley State University. While completing her M.S. in 2013, she became a research technologist at Michigan State University in the Paumier Lab, where she studied neuroprotective therapeutics in a novel model of alpha-synucleinopathy. In 2015, she joined the MacKeigan Laboratory as a research associate and focuses on therapeutic targets of autophagy in non-small cell lung cancer.

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Research Administrator

Nicole graduated from Aquinas College in 2006, with a B.S. in business administration. She started her career at Van Andel Institute in the grants and contracts office. Nicole joined the MacKeigan Lab in 2012, and uses her expertise to drive the team’s grant strategy and oversee proposal development. She manages the administrative aspects of the lab’s research, and assists with implementing and attaining lab goals.

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Matt Fountain earned his B.S. from Michigan State University, and in 2015 received his M.S. in Immunology & Microbiology from Wayne State University.  Matt received his Ph.D. from Wayne State in 2019.  His dissertation research investigated mechanisms of cell death or survival relating to tumor immunology and inflammatory disease.  Matt joined the MacKeigan lab in 2019 and his current research focuses on targeting autophagy in lung cancer.

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