Baldridge Lab

Biological Chemistry
University of Michigan Medical School

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Rachel Plumb

Rachel Plumb, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher

Location: 3200 MSRB3
Lab Phone: (734) 936-3440

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Rachel grew up in Massachusetts and attended Oberlin College (2012), where she majored in Biology and History. She completed her PhD work at Yale University with Mals Mariappan (2017), studying the Unfolded Protein Response in mammalian cells. From 2017-2018, Rachel was a lecturer at Yale. She joined the Baldridge lab in 2018 and is working to identify mechanisms of substrate recognition in ERAD. She enjoys hiking and playing with her new puppy, Jasper!

Awards and Honors

  • Protein Folding Diseases Initiative - Best Postdoc Poster - University of Michigan (2019)
  • Molecular Membrane Biology Gordon Research Seminar Chair (2017)
  • Joshua Levitt Memorial Prize in Biology, Oberlin Biology Department (2012)
  • Young Botanist Award, Botanical Society of America (2012)
  • John F. Oberlin Scholarship (2008-2012)


Dynamic changes in complexes of IRE1α, PERK, and ATF6α during endoplasmic reticulum stress.

Sundaram A, Appathurai S, Plumb R, Mariappan M

Molecular Biology of the Cell, 2018, 29 (11), 1376-1388

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The Sec61 translocon limits IRE1α signaling during the unfolded protein response.

Sundaram A, Plumb R, Appathurai S, Mariappan M

ELife, 2017, 6

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A functional link between the co-translational protein translocation pathway and the UPR.

Plumb R, Zhang ZR, Appathurai S, Mariappan M

ELife, 2015, 4

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