meet MDTP students
Megan studies the biology of plant pathogens that promote the survival of Salmonella on tomato plants. In her free time, she loves to cook Filipino food, care for her houseplants, and paint in her sketchbook. She has also recently discovered an appreciation for bicycling. Places that Megan loves to visit in Madison include the Olbrich Botanical Gardens (pictured) and the Dane County Farmer's Market.
Soleil studies the evolution of the fungal cultivar, most commonly of the genus Leucoagaricus, of fungus-farming ants. She is interested in the evolution of sex and the evolution of mutualisms, and wants to explore both from a microbial perspective (especially as microbes represent most of life's diversity). Outside of the lab, she enjoys video games like animal crossing, biking, and as of recently, jigsaw puzzles. The photo above was illustrated by her friend Sara Zadrima.
Elizabeth studies bacterial communities of engineered wastewater systems using enrichment-culture techniques and metagenomic approaches. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys practicing yoga, playing the violin in the Middleton Community Orchestra, and biking. The Madison area has a great live music scene and bike trails.