MEET MDTP STUDENTS
Jacob Vander Griend
Jacob studies the host-microbe interactions of the bioluminescent marine bacterium, Vibrio fischeri, with the Hawaiian Bobtail Squid. Outside of work in the lab and squid facility, Jacob enjoys reading science fiction, playing video games, and painting miniatures. Madison has a great tabletop community, and is also quite nice in the summer months for long walks.
Andrew is interested in understanding the potential for Muscidae flies to transmit pathogenic bacteria to cows living in dairy barns. To do this, he participates both in field and laboratory based experiments. In the lab, he is developing a house fly model to characterize colonization and persistance of field isolated dairy barn pathogens within the Muscidae gut. Outside of research, Andrew’s hobbies include hiking, cooking, baking and reading.
Justin studies the ecological role for mycotoxins produced by the fungal plant pathogen Penicillium expansum. He is interested in how fungal pathogens interact with a host's microbiome. When not in lab, he can be found hiking, playing video games or tending to his growing number of house plants.