September, 2019 - NEW SEMESTER! Welcome to Calen Steiner (GI Fellow), to new undergraduates Sophia Abusamra and Alexis fine, and to Ivy Zhang, a masters student in the MCDB program!

August, 2019 - Welcome to the incoming 2019 PIBS class of graduate students, and to Charlie Childs, who will rotate in the lab the fall semester!


August 5th, 2019 - Congratulations to Dr. Alyssa Miller, on the successful defense of her dissertation!

Welcome new lab members: Calen Steiner (M.D.) joins as a GI fellow to do fellowship research, Maggie Bohm and Ashley Cuttitta joined the TTML (, and Nathan Carrol joins as a research technician. Welcome all!

Summer 2019 -- Congratulations to Emily Holloway (NIH-NRSA) and Meghan Capeling (NSF - GFRP) for receiving individual student fellowships!

Spring 2019 - Welcome to new lab members Ansley Semack (M.D./Ph.D. student) and Tristan Frum (postdoctoral fellow)!

February 19th, 2019 - Congrats to Alyssa Miller, who was invited to give a talk on her work at the “Epithelial Mesenchymal Interactions in Lung Development and Fibrosis Conference” in Nassau, Bahamas

January/February (Winter) 2019 - Congrats to Daysha Ferrer-Torres, who received a Keystone Symposium travel scholarship to attend “Cellular Plasticity: Reprogramming, Regeneration and Metaplasia”. Welcome to new Spence Lab members, Josh Wu and Kate Walton, and to MSTP rotation student Ansley Semack!

December 2018 - Congrats to Daysha Ferrer-Torres, who had the final manuscript from her Ph.D. work accepted at Gastroenterology!

December, 2018 - Congratulations to Meghan Capeling (first author) along with Mike Czerwinski, Sha Huang, Yu-Hwai Tsai and Angeline Wu, on their accepted paper at Stem Cell Reports.

Summer, 2018 - Congrats to many lab members for successfully obtaining fellowships!!  Alyssa Miller was awarded an NRSA F31,  Meghan Capeling was awarded a spot on the CBTP training grant, Emily Holloway was awarded a spot on the Gastrointestinal Sciences training grant, Mike Czerwinski was awarded a spot on the Organogenesis training grant!!! Wow! well done everyone! 

August, 2018 - Renee Conway passed her Cell and Developmental Biology Ph.D. qualifying exams and Meghan Capeling passed her Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. qualifying exams! Both Meghan and Renee move on to "Ph.D. candidate"! 

June, 2018 - Caden Sweet joins the lab as an undergraduate research scholar, and Sabrina Sylvestri joins the TTML as a research assistant! Welcome both. 

May, 2018 - the lab welcomes Renee Conway - a Ph.D. student in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology!

April, 2018 - Congratulations to Amy Stoddard, who accepted an offer to join the MIT-Harvard Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. graduate program! 

March, 2018 - Welcome, Arend Overeem! Arend is visiting for 6 months and comes from Sven van IJzendoorn's group at the University of Groningen where he is working towards a Ph.D. in Cell Biology.

October, 2017  - the lab welcomes Meghan Capeling, a Ph.D. student in the Biomedical Engineering program! 

September 2017 - The University of Michigan is starting a new initiative, the Translational Tissue Modeling Laboratory (TTML), which will be directed by Dr. Spence. The goal of the TTML is to enable the University of Michigan research community to implement a diverse range of in vitro grown primary human tissues for discovery-based research,  personalized and regenerative medicine.  Visit for more information. Also, welcome to the new TTML members, Associate Director Mike Dame, staff members Angeline Wu and Gina Newsome and undergraduates Maliha Berner and Erica Katz!! 

September 2017 - The Spence Lab welcomes Bioengineering rotation student, Meghan Capeling! Welcome Meghan! 

August, 2017 -  Welcome to Daysha Ferrer-Torres, Ph.D. - new postdoctoral fellow!! Daysha has already secured a MICHR Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) Fellowship! Congratulations and welcome Daysha!!

March 6, 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Alana Chin, who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation! 

Celebrating with Dr. Chin!

Celebrating with Dr. Chin!

More celebrations!

More celebrations!


October, 2016 - New postdoctoral fellow, Mike Czerwinski, joins the lab. Mike is joining us from Department of Cell Biology, Duke University Medical Center. 

Fall, 2016 - Emily Holloway received a fellowship from our Cellular Biotechnology Training Program and Alyssa Miller received a fellowship from the Tissue Engineering and Regeneration Training Grant. Congrats!  David Hill received a 2 year MICHR Postdoctoral Translational Scholars Program (PTSP) - way to go David! 

August, 2016 - Congrats Alana Chin!! Alana's first 1st author paper was just accepted for publication....Click here! 

August, 2016 - Emily survives her qualifying exams, and advances to Ph.D. candidacy. Congratulations Emily!!!

Emily (left) and Alana (right) celebrating!

Emily (left) and Alana (right) celebrating!


May, 2016 - Congratulations and Farewell Briana!!! Briana officially graduated, and is headed off for a postdoctoral position in Lonnie Shea's Lab in  Biomedical Engineering at the University of Michigan.    Farewell Chis!! Chris Altheim is off to a new lab! Best of luck Chris!

April, 2016 - Welcome Emily Holloway! Emily has decided to join the lab, and the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, for her Ph.D. dissertation research. 

April, 2016 - CONGRATULATIONS!!! Alyssa Miller received and honorable mention for her NSF graduate student research fellowship proposal. Briana Dye received the best oral presentation award at the 1st Midwest Regenerative Medicine Meeting ( Congratulations to both of you! 

March 4, 2016 - Briana Dye, Ph.D.!! Congratulations to Briana, who successfully defended her dissertation and earned her Ph.D. today. 

January 4, 2016 - The lab welcomes two rotation students, Emily Holloway and Hillary Miller. 


August, 2015 - Farewell to Mike Ferguson (former undergrad student - off to graduate school at Boston University), Andrea Ramos (former postdoc, off to new adventures in California), Angel Xiao (summer undergraduate scholar from the University of Pennsylvania). Best of luck to you all!!

July, 2015 - Graduate Student Alyssa Miller joins the lab.....welcome Alyssa!

June 11, 2015 - Congratulations Briana Dye for being awarded the University of Michigan Program In Biomedical Sciences (PIBS) "Excellence in Research" Award.  The award competition included graduate students from across 14 different Ph.D. programs - well done Briana!!

May 4, 2015 - The lab welcomes Alyssa Miller, a graduate student joining the lab for a summer rotation! 

Spring, 2015 - Congrats to Mike Ferguson, new graduate and (almost) former Spence Lab member, who has accepted a position in the Boston University masters program of Biomedical Engineering! 

Spring, 2015 - Congratulations Graduates!!  Nafisa Nuzhat and Mike Ferguson have graduated with their undergraduate degrees - way to go!!

March, 24, 2015 - Congrats to Briana Dye, for her first author paper "In vitro generation of human pluripotent stem cell derived lung organoids", published today in eLife


March, 2015 - Welcome new undergraduate lab members Megan Mackenzie and Ferris Bayasi!

February, 2015 - Congratulations Cristina Cebrian - 1st Faculty Grant - Department of Defense  Cristina Cebrian is a Clinical Lecturer in Internal Medicine, and while not actually "in" the Spence Lab, she works closely with our, congrats Cristina!!! A huge accomplishment

January, 2015 - Congratulations Stacy!! Postdoctoral Fellow Stacy Finkbeiner has accepted a job offer.

Stacy will be assuming a position as a Market Analyst at the William Davidson Institute (WDI), which is a nonprofit research organization that is affiliated with the Ross School of Business at UofM. In her new role, Stacy will support the effort of WDI's Healthcare Initiative by leveraging her scientific expertise to understand global market dynamics and to carry out market analysis of global health products that are related to the diagnosis and treatment of malaria.The goal of her work will be to identify factors that reduce access to healthcare in developing countries and to devise and measure the efficacy of strategies to improve access. 

 Stacy will reduce her effort in the lab starting in January to assume her new position. Luckily for us, she will transition out of the lab gradually in order to "tie up some loose ends" through the summer. 



December, 2014. Happy Birthday Mindy - Mindy's birthday lunch.

August 30, 2014. Briana got married!! Congratulations Briana! (Pictured below - Mindy, Briana, Stacy)

Summer, 2014 Au revoir Adrianna Matos Nieves, our SROP student!! Best of luck applying for grad school.

July 8, 2014

Congratulations, Alana! Alana Chin was awarded a 1 year fellowship on the "Training in Basic and Translational Gastrointestinal Sciences" NIH T32 training grant. Way to go Alana!

Welcome Priya! Priya Dedhia has successfully completed her 3rd year of surgical residency and will now join the Spence Lab for the next 2 years for a research fellowship. Priya has already successfully competed for funding and will be supported by the University of Michigan Center for Organogenesis AND the American College of Surgeons.  

May 6, 2014 - Congratulations to Undergraduate Research Scholar, Mike Ferguson!! Mike received the prestigious Underwood-Alger scholarship from the University of Michigan program in biology.  

May, 2014 - Farewell to  Nina Frey - back to Germany after spending an academic year at University of Michigan!

COMING SOON! - Our new book: Translational Gastroenterology: Organogenesis to Disease, edited by Deb Gumucio, Linda Samuelson and Jason Spence. Get your copy here

4/14/2014 - New Spence Lab Website under construction!