John Charpentier



John earned a B.S. in biochemistry, summa cum laude, from the University of Massachusetts Boston. While there, he studied GPCR signal regulation by beta-arrestin in Drosophila melanogaster. He then transferred to the laboratory of Stephen Bunnell, Ph.D at Tufts Medical School and performed research on the regulation of Rho GTPases by Vav isoforms.

At Michigan, John joined the laboratory of Philip King, Ph.D after rotations with Joel Swanson, Ph.D and Ken Inoki, M.D., Ph.D.

Outside of the lab, John enjoys attending concerts and plays, visiting museums, and reading. He contributes articles to the graduate student-run science communication blog MiSciWriters ( and is a member of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as the National Association of Science Writers.

Research Interests

John is investigating a potentially novel form of endocytosis that occurs in activated primary T cells.



Emil Fischer Book Award for Outstanding Biochemistry Student, 2016, Biology and Chemistry Departments, UMass Boston
Award for Outstanding Presentation in Immunology, 2014, American Society for Microbiology/National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Alton J. Brann Endowed Scholarship, 2014
CRC Press Book Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry, 2013, Chemistry Department, UMass Boston
Initiative for Maximizing Student Development Fellowship, 2013, National Institutes of Health


Rackham Merit Fellowship, 2016, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan
Bernard Maas Fellowship, 2016, Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan


"A Potentially Novel Form of Endocytosis Required For G2 Growth in Activated Murine T cells", 2017 Immunology Program Retreat

Immunology Mentor