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Lauren Franco

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Center for Biofilm Engineering

laurencfranco@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Fields

Project: My research focuses on sulfate reducing bacteria and their interactions with heavy metals, such as Cr(VI).  I also study the extracellular components of biofilm matrices produced by sulfate reducing bacteria to better understand the characteristics of biofilms compared to planktonic cells.

 

 

Ashley Beck

Ashley Beck

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Biological Engineering Laboratory

ashely.beck@montana.edu

Advisor: Dr. Ross Carlson

Project: My research examines metabolic pathways via (1) metabolic modeling with resource allocation-based analysis, implemented in a thermophilic cyanobacterial system, and (2) engineering synthetic Escherichia coli consortia to understand metabolic exchange and organic acid detoxification in the context of ecological theory.

greg krantz

Greg Krantz

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Center for Biofilm Engineering

gregory.krantz@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Fields 

Project: I work on bacterial biofilms that corrode the inside of oil pipelines causing damage and oil spills.  My project focuses on fundamental biofilm attachment and metabolic processes that contribute to metal corrosion.

Anna Zelaya

Anna Zelaya

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Center for Biofilm Engineering

azelaya.mt@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Fields

Project: My research interests center around microbial ecology, the biodiversity of microbial communities over space and time, and the interactions between microbes and their physical and geochemical environment. I am currently studying a shallow subsurface environment (groundwater and sediment) from contaminated and non-contaminated sites in the Oak Ridge Field Research center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Ultimately the aim is to better understand how microbial community structure and function is constrained by the surrounding environment, as well as how structure and function change over time.

Tatsuya Akiyama

Tatsuya Akiyama

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Fermin Guerra

Fermin Guerra

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Jacob Munson-McGee

Jacob Munson-McGee

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

jh.munsonmcgee@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Mark Young

Project: My research focuses on virus host interactions of high temperature low pH hot springs in Yellowstone National Park. These Archaeal dominated microbial communities provide a unique opportunity to comprehensively examine virus host interactions in a natural environment. I am also interested in the isolation and characterization of new Archaeal viruses. 

Mike Coryall

Michael Coryell

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

michael.coryell@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Seth Walk

Project: Mike is studying how the human microbiome influences arsenic toxicity.

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Delisha Meishery

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

delisha.meishery@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Jovanka Voyich-Kane

Project: I study host pathogen interactions between Staphylococcus aureus and the human innate immune system. My project specifically aims at understanding the molecular mechanisms employed by the bacteria to sense and evade neutrophil and neutrophil derived components.

Hannah Schweitzer

Hannah Schweitzer

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Center for Biofilm Engineering

hdschweitzer12@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Matthew Fields 

Project: I work in a bioremediation and sustainable energy environmental microbial ecology lab. My research is in the Powder River Basin of Montana, studying the microbial communities that live in coal seams to elucidate how microbial interactions occur to degrade the coal and produce methane gas, a  potential clean and sustainable energy source.

Joanna Borgogna

Joanna Borgogna

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Advisor: Dr. Carl Yeoman 

 

Rachel Rawle

Rachel Rawle

Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Alyssa Carlson

Alyssa Carlson

Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Mechanical Engineering 

alyssa.carlson19@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Ron June

Project: My research focuses on using mass spectrometry-based metabolomics methods for biomarker discovery for early detection of osteoarthritis.

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Stacy (Lee) McGill

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Biochemical Engineering Laboratory

Advisor: Dr. Ross Carlson

 

Brittany Jenkins

Brittany Jenkins

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

bjenkins961@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Doug Kominsky and Dr. Seth Walk

Project: Microbial metabolites affect host gastrointestinal homeostasis and health. My research, aims to understand the mechanisms underlying signaling between the intestinal mucosa and microbial symbionts using tryptophan and indole metabolites as currency.

Maureen Kessler

Maureen Kessler

Department of Ecology

maureenkkessler@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Raina Plowright

Project: Maureen is studying the disease ecology of Hendra virus in Australian flying foxes. Her fieldwork focuses on identifying nutritional differences between migratory and urban resident flying foxes to understand how resource limitation alters bat foraging strategies and increases risk of virus spillover.

 


 

 

Alex McMenamin

Alex McMenamin

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

alexmcmenamin2@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Michelle Flenniken

Project: I study honey bee host-virus interactions. Bees, like all living things, are infected by viruses that can cause disease and death. My work aims to understand (1) how honey bees combat virus infection and (2) how a particular group of viruses ( the Lake Sinai viruses) behave inside a cell.

 

Nick Reichart

Nicholas Reichart

Center for Biofilm Engineering 

reichart.nick@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Roland Hatzenpichler

Project: I study uncultured microbes in Yellowstone hot springs, with an emphasis on understanding the function and metabolism of archaea that might be involved in carbon cycling. In addition, I am working to develop a novel bioorthogonal labeling approach to visualize DNA synthesizing cells using click chemistry.

virology

Brian Ross

Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

bross1204@gmail.com

Advisor: Dr. Michelle Flenniken

Project: I’m investigating the underlying molecular/genetic relationships between potato plants and Potato virus Y, which is a global problem for potato production and large economic burden. I’m currently researching possible differences in susceptibility to virus in different generations of seed and also exploring various biocontrol agents. 

Adam Thuen

Adam Thuen

Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

adam@thuen.org

Advisor: Dr. James Mazer

Project: Systems Neuroscience, focus on vision, attention, and action neurophysiology

isaac miller

Isaac Miller

Currently rotating in Dr. Valerie Copie's lab.

ikemiller23@gmail.com

 
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Alexandra Townsend

Currently rotating in Dr. Seth Walk's lab. 

townsa@uw.edu

 
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Benjamin Deuling

Currently rotating in Dr. James Mazer's lab.

benjamindeuling@montana.edu