MEET MDTP STUDENTS
Mark studies the emergent fungal pathogen Candida auris and the innate immune response to these infections. He is specifically interested in understanding the neutrophil response and interaction with these yeast. When outside the lab, he enjoys spending time outdoors near the multiple lakes, playing intramural or pickup sports, and sampling the vast array of local beers.
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.
Anna is a first-year student who studies the gut microbiome, focusing on the pathogen Clostridioides difficile. She is interested in understanding how gut microbiota metabolites impact C. difficile fitness and how this information can be used to develop novel therapies for C. difficile infections (CDI). In her free time, Anna enjoys doing jigsaw puzzles, hiking, and spending time at local cafes. Having moved to Madison last August, she is eagerly anticipating trying all the coffee Madison has to offer post-pandemic.