MEET MDTP STUDENTS
Ibrahim Zuniga Chaves
Ibrahim studies the intersection of the human gut microbiome, health, and socioeconomic status using large epidemiological datasets and bioinformatics. In the lab, he does mostly DNA extractions and prepares his sequencing runs, a time when he likes to listen to podcasts. Outside of the lab, Ibrahim enjoys riding his bike around Madison, trying out different restaurants, and watching (or playing) a soccer game.
Kayley is a student in Donna Neumann's laboratory. She studies how epigenetic modifications influence HSV-1 latency. Kayley's hobbies include painting and running (she is currently training for a half marathon). Although she grew up in Arizona, she is learning how to ice skate while also staying warm this winter.
Aldo studies microbial ecology in the context of symbiosis and aquatic environments. He uses the water-filled leaves of carnivorous pitcher plants in Wisconsin bogs to investigate the cross-trophic interactions and energy flow among aquatic invertebrates, bacteria, and fungi. He is particularly interested in understanding the physiological relationship and inter-dependencies between the obligate mosquito symbiont and its associated microbial community. Insights into the nutritional ecology of these non-blood feeding mosquito populations may shed light onto the evolutionary roles microbes have played in modulating mosquito vector potential. Aldo enjoys the winter scenes and activities Madison has to offer, especially ice skating. He also enjoys baking, sci-fi, and caring for an ever-growing collection of houseplants.