Since 1999, 234 students have graduated from the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program. Below is a list of MDTP graduates and a description of their thesis work.
- Brent Anderson
(Prof. Jade Wang, Bacteriology): Variations on a theme: how a shared (p)ppGpp binding pocket allows bacterial adaptation in fluctuating environments. Brent is currently working as a post-doc in the Wang lab.
- Tyler Jacobson
(Prof Daniel Amador-Noguez: Bacteriology): In vivo thermodynamic analysis of metabolic networks. Tyler will be doing a postdoc in Amador-Noguez Lab.
- Alex La Reau
(Prof. Garret Suen: Bacteriology): Elucidating the diversity, distribution and function of the gut bacterial symbiont Ruminococcus. Alex has accepted a position as a Bioinformatician at CoreBiome in Minneapolis, MN.
- Gloria Larson
(Prof. Andrew Mehle, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Dissection of molecular mechanisms by which human host factors regulate influenza virus replication. Gloria is doing a post-doc in the Mehle lab.
- Terra Mauer
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Investigating the distribution and function of the bacterial DUF560 superfamily of outer membrane proteins using Xenorhabdus bacteria as a model. Terra is currently seeking her next opportunity.
- Peter Newhouse
(Prof. Katrina Forest: Bacteriology): Biophysical Investigation of Peptidoglycan Binding by Periplasmic Superoxide Dismutase. Peter is seeking out his next opportunity.
- Dan Pensinger
(Prof. John-Demian (JD) Sauer: Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Maintenance of cell wall integrity in the cytosol of host cells is essential for virulence of Listeria monocytogenes. Dan will be joining the Paglirini Lab at WID.
- Abigail Shockey
(Prof. Caitlin Pepperell: Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Genomics of Bacterial Pathogens Across Evolutionary Scales. Abigail has received an APHL-CDC Bioinformatics Post Doc Fellowship at the Wisconsin State Labratory of Hygiene's Communciable Disease Division.
- Vlad Vinnik
(Prof. Michael Thomas: Bacteriology): Dissecting substrate recognition of natural product biosynthetic enzymes using siderophore systems. Vlad will be doing a postdoc at the University of Utah in the Bandarian Lab.
- EmilyClare Baker
(Prof Chris Hittinger: Genetics): Evolutionay genetics and dissection of brewing related traits in Saccharomyces eubyanus and its hybrids with Saccharomyces cerevisiae. EmilyClare will be doing a postdoc at the University of Oregon.
- Steven Bruckbauer
(Prof. Michael Cox: Biochemistry): Foundations of experimentally-evolved ionizing radiation resistance in Escherichia coli. Steven will be doing a postdoc in the Cox lab.
- Jia Mun (Elizabeth) Chan
(Prof. Joseph Dillard: Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Generation, recycling and release of inflammatory peptidoglycan fragments by pathogenic and nonpathogenic Neisseria. Elizabeth is doing a postdoc in the Heyderman Lab at the University College London.
- Albert Chen
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Mechanistic studies on transcription regulation by DksA and ppGpp. Albert is a Scientist III at Aldevron in Madsion.
- Tsokyi Choera
(Prof. Nancy Keller, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Tryptophan Metabolism of Aspergillus fumigatus: Impacts on Toxin Synthesis and Virulence. Tsokyi has accepted a position at Hexagon as a fungal geneticist in Menlo Park, CA.
- Karla Esquilin-Lebron
(Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Investigations into overcoming the challenges associated with the MbtH-like protein dependence of nonribosomal peptide synthetases. Karla has accepted a postdoc at Rutgers in the Boyd Lab.
- Gina Gordon
(Prof. Brian Pfleger: Chemical and Biological Engineering): Control of gene expression in cyanobacteria. Gina has accepted a Researcch Scientist position at Benson Hill Biosystems in St. Louis, MO.
- Alex Linz
(Prof. Katherine McMahon: Bacteriology): From microbes to ecosystems: time series provide insight into how microbial metabolisms scale to ecosystem functions. Alex has accepted a Postdoctoral Research Assoicate position at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
- Erin Nawrocki
(Prof. Eric Johnson, Bacteriology): Mechanisms underlying the transfer of plasmid-borne BoNTs in Group I C. botulinum. Erin has accepted a postdoc at Penn State in the Food Science Department.
- Tony Neumann
(Prof. Garret Suen: Bacteriology): Ecology of Fibrobacter in the herbivore gut. Tony has accepted a position as a Research Scientitst At Matatu in St. Louis, MO.
- Eunju Park
(Prof. Paul Ahlquist, Molecular Virology): HIV-1-infected cell and uninfected cell interaction induces cell cycle reprogramming to facilitate viral spread. Eunju will be returning to South Korea and will be seeking a position there.
- Patricia Sanchez Vazquez
(Prof. Richard Gourse: Bacteriology): Genome-wide effects of ppGpp binding to RNA Polymerase on E. coli gene expression. Patricia will be doing a postdoc at Yale University.
- Rebecca Schomer
(Prof. Michael Thomas: Bacteriology): Two approaches to dissecting the fole of MbtH-like proteins in nonribosomal peptide synthesis. Rebecca has accepted a postdoc at the University of Califorina-Davis.
- Sarah Stevens
(Prof. Katherine McMahon: Bacteriology): Genomics as a Lens into the Population Structure and Evolution of Freshwater Microbes. Sarah has accepted a position as the Data Science Facilatator at the WID UW-Madison.
- Taylor Wahlig
(Prof. Charles Kaspar: Bacteriology): Salmonella enterica stress tolerance: genetic redundancy and pleiotropy. Taylor is doing a postdoc at the University of Utah, Salt Lake.
- Ponlkrit Yeesin
(Prof Jade Wang, Bacteriolgy): Mechanistic insights into resolution and repair of DNA damage caused by head-on replication-transcription conflicts in bacteria. Ponlkrit will be returning to Thailand to be a professor at Mahidol University.
- Jordan Bloom
(Prof. Douglas McNeel, Hematology/Oncology): SSX: Understanding an Antigen for Therapy in Prostate Cancer. Jordan is a Scientist at Altius Institute for Biomedical Sciences in Seattle, WA.
- Michael Bucci
(Prof. David Eide, Nutritional Sciences): Further characterizing the response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to zinc limitation by investigating the ATC41 gene and global gene expression. Michael is with K&L Gates LLP in Biotechnology Intellectual Property as a Patent Agent.
- Hector Burgos-Robles
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Dynamic regulation of ribosomal gene expression during adaptation to fluctuating nutritional conditions. Hector will be doing a postdoc with Mark Mandel in the Medical Microbiology and Immunology Department at UW-Madison.
- Mengyi Cao
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Lrp dependent virulence modulation in bacterium Xenorhabdus nematophila. Mengyi has accepted a post doctoral position at the California Institute of Technology.
- Grischa Chen
(Prof. John-Demian (JD) Sauer: Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Determinants of Listeria monocytogenes cytosolic survival and evasion of the infalmmasome. Grishca has accepted a post doctoral position at the Salk Institute.
- Kelsey Florek
(Prof. Thomas Friedrich: Pathobiological Sciences): Increasing the breadth of influenza immunity through informed vaccine desgin. Kelsey is a Bioinformatician at Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene.
- Ben Knox
(Prof. Nancy Keller and Anna Huttenlocher, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Innate Immune Defenses Against Aspergillus in Zebrafish Larvae. Ben has taken a position at Zymergen as a Scientist in Microbial Development
- Tiffany Lowe
(Prof. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology): Metabolic analyses of Ralstonia solanacearum during plant pathogensis. Tiffany is now an Assistant Professor at UC-Davis.
- Matt Macgilvray
(Prof. Audrey Gasch: Genetics): Inferring stress-activated signaling networks in Saccharomyces cerevisiae reveals complex pathway integration. Matt is a Lead Scientific Reviewer at the FDA.
- Louise Moncla
(Prof. Thomas Friedrich, Pathobiological Sciences): The role of transmission bottlenecks in influenza virus host switching. Louise has accepted a post doctoral position at Harvard.
- Tatum Mortimer
(Prof. Caitlin Pepperell): Identifying targets of selection in bacteria with varying levels of recombination. Tatum has accepted a postdoctroral position at Harvard University.
- Brian Rekoske
(Prof. Douglas McNeel, Oncology): Prostate cancer immunotherapy and the role of PD-1 in regulating immunity. Brian has taken a position as a Clinical Scientist at Merck and Co.
- Kym Romano
(Prof. Federico Rey, Bacteriology): A gnotobiotic approach to dissect the inpact of microbial choline utilization on host biology. Kym has taken a position as a postdoctoral fellow at the Cleveland Clinic.
- Thiago Santos
(Prof. Douglas Weibel, Biochemistry): Chemical-biological studies of cell division and intracellular organziation in bacteria. Thiago has accepted a post doc position at Harvard.
- Maria Sardi
Prof. Audrey Gasch (Genetics): Using comparative genomics in Saccharomyces cerevisiae to engineer lignocellulosic hydrolysate tolerance. Maria will be a research sciencetist for Cargill in Minneapolis, MN.
- Jessy Tse Barra
(Prof. Jade Wang, Bacteriology): Understanding (p)ppGpp mediated mechanisms of persistence and stress survival in Bacillus subtilis. Jessy has accepted a position as a Scientist II at Rapid Micro Biosystem in Lowell, MA.
- Angie Umana
(Prof. Robert Kalejta, Molecular Virology): Identification of novel kinase substrates and binding partners of Epstein-Barr virus and human cytomegalovirus encoded kinases. Angie is a Quality Control Analyst at Catalent Pharma Solutions.
- Will Vincent
(Prof. Anna Huttenlocher and John-Demian (JD) Sauer, Medical Microbiology and Immunolgy): Recruitment and roles in host defense for innate immune cells in response to inracellular bacterial infection. Will is a Lecturer for the Academic Transitions and Biology program at Northern Arizona University.
- Emily Albright
(Prof. Robert Kalejta, Molecular Virology): Viral and cellular contributions to the epigenetic silencing of viral lytic gene expression during human cytomegalvirus latency. Emily is an assistant scientist in the Kalejta Lab.
- Anna Baker-McAlister
(Professor Katrina Forest: Bacteriology): Elucidation of a red light sensing two component system from non-photosynthetic bacteria. Anna is a Scientist at Lucigen Corp. in Middleton, WI.
- Angel Casanova-Torres
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Bacterial Factors Involved in the Xenorhabdus nematophila-Manduca sexta Pathogen-Host Interaction. Angel is a QA Microbiologist at NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes, LCC.
- Kimberly Dill-McFarland
(Prof. Garret Suen, Bacteriology): Assessing the impact of diet on microbial succession, growth, and milk productions in dairy cows. Kim is a Bioinformatics Research Consultant at the University of Washington, Seattle.
- Gina Lewin
(Prof. Cameron Currie, Bacteriology): Ecology and Evolution of Microbial Lignocellulose Degradation in Insect-Associated Niches. Gina is a postdoctoral fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
- Fang Yun Lim
(Professor Nancy Keller, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Tracking Fungal Natural Product Synthesis: Pathways, Regulation, and Reaching for the Right Location. Yun will be doing a postdoc in the Keller Lab.
- Sarah Marcus
(Prof. Adel Talaat, Comparative Biosciences): The study and application of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in vivo transcriptomic data: from copper ressponse to vaccine development. Sarah is curently a research associate in the Talaat lab.
- Bradon McDonald
(Prof. Cameron Currie, Bacteriology): A Multiscale Analysis of Diversity and Genetic Exchange in Bacteria. Bradon has accepted a position at the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, AZ.
- Vy Tran
(Prof. Andrew Mehle, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Development and Use of Influenza Reproter Viruses to Define Human Host Factors for Influenza Virus Replication. Vy is a Medical Science Liason at Novo Nordisk.
- Erik Wright
(Prof. Kalin Vetsigian: Bacteriology): Population and community ecology of bacteria from the genus Streptomyces. Erik is now an Assitant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh.
- Beth Dalsing
(Prof. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology): Virulence-Related Functions of Inorganic Nitrogen Metabolism and Signaling in Ralstonia Solanacearum. Beth accepted an Associate Scientist position with Syngenta in North Carolina.
- Jorge Dinis
(Prof. Thomas Friedrich, Pathobiological Sciences): Within-host evolution of emerging and re-emerging influenza A viruses. Jorge is a Senior Scientist at Roche Molecular Systems.
- Elizabeth Harvie
(Prof. Anna Huttenlocher, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): The Neutrophil and Macrophage Response to Streptococcus iniae infection in Zebrafish Larvae. Beth is a Medical Writer for MedThink SciCom.
- Benjamin Krasity
(Prof. Margaret McFall-Nagi, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Microbial Pattern Recognition in the Euprymna scolopes- Vibrio fischeri Symbiosis. Ben is doing his residency at the University of Chicago in the Pediatrics Department.
- Katie Mladinich
(Prof. Anna Huttenlocher, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Point Mutations Linked to Inflammatory Disease Pathogensis Elucidate Regulatory Signaling Cascades in Neutrophils. Katie attended Law School at Stanford University. She is now with the firm Latham & Watkins, LLP.
- Kristen Murfin
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Xenorhabdus bovienii bacteria - Steinernema nematode spp. interactions as a model of evolution and mechanisms in broad-host range symbioses. Kristen is a Medical Writer for Invicro, A Konica Minolta Co.
- Julia Schwartzman
(Prof. Ned Ruby, Medical Microbiology and Immunolgy): Physiological and chemical regotiations of the squid-vibrio symbiosis. Julia is currently postdoc at MIT.
- Melanie Spero
(Prof. Timothy Donohue, Bacteriology): The Physiological Role of Complex I in Bacteria. Melanie is a postdoctral scholar at Cal Tech in the Newman lab.
- Caryn Wadler
(Prof. Garret Suen, Bacteriology): The Cellulolytic Strategy of Cellulomonas. Caryn is doing a postdoc in the Thomas lab at UW Madison.
- Coral Wille
(Prof. Shannon Kenney, Oncology and Medicine): Cytosine modification of the Epstein-Barr Virus genome affects lytic reactivation and helps inforce latency type. Coral is a postdoctoral fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery at UW Madison.
- Jared Winkelman
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Mapping the path of DNA in transcription initiation intermediates. Jared has accepted a postdoctoral fellowship at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers University.
- Kate Affeldt
(Prof. Nancy Keller, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Expanding the Paradign of Oxylipins in Aspergus flavus. Kate is doing a postdoc at UW-Milwaukee in the Prasad lab.
- Valjean Bacot-Davis
(Prof. Ann Palmenberg, Biochemistry): Structure and dynamics of the Encephalomyocarditis virus Leader protein in deregulation of host nucleocytoplasmic transport. Valjean entered Medical School in 2019.
- Matthew Begemann
(Prof. Brian Pfleger, Chemical and Biological Engineering): Investigating the Utility of the Cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 as a Host for Chemical Production. Matt has taken a position at Benson Hill Biosystems in St. Louis, MO.
- Elizabeth Heath-Heckman
(Prof. Margaret McFall-Ngai, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Day/Night cycles in the Eupryma solopes-Vibrio Fisheri symbiosis. Elizabeth will be doing a postdoc at UC Berkeley in the Weisblat Lab in the Dept of Molecular and Cell Biology.
- Andrew Hryckowian
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Insights into the roles and regulation of RpoS in Escherichia coli and Shigella. Drew has accepted a postdoc at Stanford University in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Sonnenburg Lab.
- Kelsea Jewell
(Prof. Garret Suen, Bacteriology): Characteriaztion of the ruminal bacterial microbiome in relation to host parameters. Kelsea is an Associate Professor at Centralia College in Washington.
- Chad Kuny
(Professor Robert Kalejta, Molecular Virology): The Contribution of UL97 Viral Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Activity of HCMV Infection. Chad is a postdoctoral scholar at Penn State University.
- Lori Neal
(Prof. Laura Knoll, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): TLR11 dependent and independent recognition of Toxoplasma gondii recruits Ly6Chi inflammatory monocytes that can confer resistance to bacterial infection. Lori is doing a postdoc at the University of Michigan.
- Hyunjun Park
(Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Towards the biosynthesis of modified natural products. Hyunjun is the co-founder and CEO at Catalog Technologies Inc.
- Alana Sterkel
(Prof. Bruce Klein, Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Pediatrics): Subversion of Innate Immunity by Blastomyces dermatitdis. Alana is the Assistant Director at the Wisconsin State Labratory of Hygiene.
- Rose (Byrne) Nash
(Prof. Michael Cox, Biochemistry): Defining the genetic basis of ionizing radiation resistance in Escherichia coli. Rose is a Director of Research and Development at GT Molecular.
- Gina (Hedberg) Shereda
(Prof. John Mansfield, Bacteriology): CD4+ Th Cell Specificity and Memory Responses to Variable and Conserved Variant Surface Glycoprotein Sequences in African Trypanosomiasis. Gina is the Program Manager for STEM Professional Development at the University of Michigan.
- Jennifer Apodaca
(Prof. Nicole Perna: Genetics): Evolution of the transcriptional response to oxygen limitation. Jennifer is a lecturer and post doctoral research assistant at the University of Texas, El Paso.
- Frank Aylward
(Prof. Cameron Currie, Bacteriology): Ecological and evolutionary dynamics of the symbiotic microbial communites of fungus growing insects. Frank is now an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech University.
- Amy Banta
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Molecular Interactions between the transcription factor CRL and Sigma S RNA Polymerase Holoenzyme in Escherichia coli. Amy is a Research Scientist in the Peters Lab at UW Madison in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
- Eric Battaglioli
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Phase variation in the uropathogenic Escherichia coli strain CFT073: Insights into a complex regulatory network. Eric is a visiting Assistant Professor at Georgetown University in Lexington, Kentucky.
- Jannell Bazurto
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): The opposing effects of AICAR accumulation on the metabolic network surrounding thiamine synthesis. Jannell is an Assitant Professor at the University of Minnesota.
- Jeffrey Flynn
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Towards an in vivo role for the RidA family of proteins. Jeff is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Minnesota.
- Alissa Hanshew
(Prof. Cameron Currie, Bacteriology): Microbial Ecology of Tropical Arboreal Ants. Alissa is a Labratory and Research Safety Specialist at Penn State University
- Cliff Hogan
(Prof. Amy Charkowski, Plant Pathology): Molecular mechanisms of bacterial soft-rot on crops. Cliff is a Seed Pathology Manager at Sakata Seed America, Inc. in Salinas, CA.
- Jonathan Holt
(Prof's Jo Handelsman and Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Ecology of the Manduca sexta microbiome. Jon is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Claremont McKenna College.
- Kevin Myers
(Prof. Patricia Kiley, Biomolecular Chemistry): Integrating Genome-wide Analyses to Investigate the Regulatory Role of FNR and IscR in Response to Anaerobiosis in Escherichia coli. Kevin is an Assistant Scientist at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison, WI.
- Amanda Payne
(Prof. Laura Knoll, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Using a Toxoplasma chronic infection mutant to study the connections between inflammation, metabolism and reproductive hormones. Amanda will be taking a family leave.
- Meghan Ramsey
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Location, expression, and regulation of the type IV secretion system in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Megan is a member of the Technical Staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
- Taylor Starnes
(Prof. Anna Huttenlocher: Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Cell motility in inflammatory disease pathogenesis. Taylor is a MD in opthalmology in the Chicago area.
- Regina Whitemarsh
(Prof. Eric Johnson, Bacteriology): Characterization of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A subtypes 1 through 5 using in vitro and in vivo approaches. Regina is a Project Manager at Epic.
- Caitlin Brennan
(Prof. Ned Ruby, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Genetic dissection of flagellar motility and chemtaxias and their roles in the squid-vibrio symbiosis. Caitlin has joined the lab of Wendy Garrett at the Harvard School of Public Health.
- Chi Ho Chan
(Prof. Jorge Escalante, Bacteriology): Synthesis of alpha-penolic-riboside monophosphates during adenosyl-cobamide biosynthesis. Chi will be doing a postdoc at the University of Minnesota.
- Heidi Crosby
(Prof. Jorge Escalante, Bacteriology): Substrate specificity of the Phodopseudomonas palustris protein acetyltransferase RpPat. Heidi is a Research Scientist at New England Biolabs.
- Christopher Gourley
(Prof. Gary Spiltter, Pathobiological Sciences): Virulence Effects and Signaling Partners Modulated by a Brucella Light Sensing Histidine Kinase. Chris is a RD Scientist at Streck.
- Gilbert Jose
(Prof. Curtis Brandt, Opthalmology/Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Evaluation of Two Novel Antiviral Peptides in a Murine Model of Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 Keratitis. Gil is a Strategic Partner, R&D External Manufacturing Manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Boston, MA.
- Xiaojun Lu
(Prof Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Examining Pathogenic and Mutualistic Regulatory Networks in the Bacterium Xenorhabdus nematophila. Lu is the Vice Director, Office of Overseas R&D Management at Tsinghua University in China.
- Aimee Marceau
(Prof. James Keck, Biomolecular Chemistry): Structure, function, and therapeutic targeting of SSB protein interactions. Aimee is doing a Scientist at Nitrate.com, NeiC.
- Erica Raterman
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Motility and signaling systems in uropathogenic Escherichia coli: the role of chemotaxis and c-di-GMP production in fitness in the urinary tract. Erica is doing a postdoc with the Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, MD.
- Jason Silverman
(Prof. Jay Bangs, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Lysosomal and endocytic protein trafficing routes and machinery in Trypanosoma brucei. Jason is an Analytics Lead, Genotyping Labs at the Monsanto Company.
- Jennifer Silverman (Lambrecht)
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): The RidA paradigm: An endogenously generated stress and its control. Jennifer is a Senior Scientist, R&D at MilliporeSigma.
- Tara Stuecker
(Prof. Jorge Escalante, Bacteriology): Regulation of coenzyme A biosynthesis by a yeast acetyltransferase homologue. Tara will be a Research Associate at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in the Department of Biological Sciences.
- Katelynn Woodhams
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of the gonococcal genetic island and peptidoglycan fragment release in Neisseria meningitidis. Katie is now a Career and Technical Education instructor at Van Buren Tech in Lawrence, MI.
- Melissa Altura
(Prof. Margaret McFall-Ngai, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Host Bacterial Interactions and Host Cell Signaling in the Initiation of the Squid-Vibrio Symbiosis. Melissa has taken a postdoc position with Sam Miller at the University of Washington.
- John Chaston
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Host-association events and factors in a model animal-bacterial mutualism. John is now an Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics at Brigham Young University.
- Melissa Christopherson
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Probing the Metabolic Context of YJGF in Salmonella Enterica. Melissa is a Faculty Associate in the Dept of Bacteriology at UW-Madison.
- Nicholas George
(Prof. James Keck, Biomolecular Chemistry): Funtional interactions between uracil-DNA glycosylase and the single-stranded DNA-binding protein. Nick is the Practice Manager at Meadows Cat Hospital in Kenmore, WA and Consulting Microbiologist and Biochemist.
- Audrey Klingele
(Prof. Michael Cox): Directed evolution of Escherichia coli reveals multiple contributions to ionizing radiation survival. Audrey is a Document Control Specialist at LGC Genomics.
- Mark Koenigsknecht
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Defining Robustness in the Metabolic Network Surrounding Phosphoribosylamine Biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica. Mark is a Scientist at Novozymes.
- Yvonne Koh
(Prof. Marvin Wickens, Biochemistry): RNA recognition by the PUF protein. Yvonne is the Head of the National Research Foundation in Singapore.
- Tobin (Crystal) Magle
(Prof. Laura Knoll): A developmentally regulated Toxoplasma gondii patatin-like protein protects against degradation in activated macrophages and alters cytokine levels during toxoplasmic encephalitis. Crystal is DS consultant and Science and Engineering Data and Information Specialist at Steenbock Memorial Library at UW Madison.
- Matthew McMahon
(Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Accessing and Deciphering Metabolic Potential Using Heterologous Hosts. Matt is a Program Lead at Ginkgo Bioworks in the Boston area.
- Kevin O'Brien
(Prof. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Pathobiological Sciences and Laura Knoll (Medical Microbiolgy and Immunology): Host Factors that Influence Severe H5N1 Influenza Virus Pathogenicity and Disease. Kevin is a Technical MSP Sales Representative for Superior Technical Solutions, LLC in St. George UT.
- Jarrod Scott
(Prof. Cameron Currie): The Microbial Ecology of Leaf-cutter Ant Refuse Dumps. Jarrod has taken a position at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama City, Panama.
- Michael Smanski
(Prof. Ben Shen, Pharmaaceutical Sciences), Biosynthetic studies of antibiotics platensimycin and platencin. Mike is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at the University of Minnesota.
- Bradley Tebbets
(Prof. Bruce Klein, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Pedatrics): Antifungal Drug Discovery. Brad is a Research Director at Fulcrum Research Group in Boston, MA.
- Sandy Thao
(Prof. Jorge Escalante, Bacteriology): Biochemical and genetic analysis of Salmonella enterica Pat, a multidomain, multimeric N-lysine acetyltransferase involved in carbon and energy metabolism. Sandy is a Scientist III at Aldevron in Madison, WI.
- Joshua Tietjen
(Prof. Aseem Ansari, Biochemistry): Dissecting the Complexity of the CTD Code. Josh is a Senior Staff Software Test Engineer at Illumina in California.
- Yanling Wang
(Prof. Ned Ruby, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Vibrio fischeri senses and detoxifies host-derived NO during initiation of the squid-vibrio symbosis. Yanling is a Scientist II at Hologic, Inc.
- Sarah Ward
(Prof. Adel Talaat, Pathobiological Sciences), Response to Copper and the Pathogenesis of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Sarah is a Professor at Oakland Community College.
- Michael Wollenberg
(Prof. Ned Ruby, Medical Microbiology and Immunology), Ecological associations and evolutionary biology of the marine luminous bacterium, Vibrio fischeri. Michael is an Assistant Professor at Kalamazoo College.
- Cindy Zuleger
(Dr. Mark Albertini, Dept of Medicine): Molecular and functional analysis of in vivo 6-thioguanine-resistant T cells from melanoma patients. Cindy is a Scientist in the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
- Elizabeth (Felnagle) Nover
(Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Tuberactinomycin Biosynthesis. Elizabeth is the proprietor and editor at Razor Shrap Editing in Seattle, WA.
- Nicole Aulik
(Prof. Charles Czuprynski, Vet School): Mannheimia Haemolytica and its leukotoxin cause extracellular trap formation by bovine neurtophils and macrophages. Nicole is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Wisconsin Veterinary School in Madison, WI.
- Gary Baisa
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology) The Regulation of the dsdCXA Locus and the Characterization of D-cycloserine Resistant Mutants in Escherichia coli. Gary is a Scientist at Lytic Solutions in Madison, WI.
- Jillian Bristol
(Prof. Shannon Kenney, Medicine and Oncology): Regulation of TNFR2 expression by EBV protein BZLF1 and cellular C/EBP. Jillian is an Associate Researcher in the Kenney laboratory.
- Nadia Dominguez
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Integration and excision of DNA at dif via XerCD site-specific recombination in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Nadia is the owner and educator at e2studio in Madison, WI.
- Yann Dufour
(Prof. Timothy Donohue, Bacteriology): Transcriptional regulatory Y networks controlling stress responses in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Yann is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.
- Lisa M. Fox
(Prof. Jenny Gumperz, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Mechanisms that regulate NKT cell autoreactivity.
- Michael Gray
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Synthesis, salvaging, and remodeling of the lower ligand of coenzyme B12. Michael is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham.
- Roger Greenwell
(Professor Timothy Donohue): The role of ChrR in regulating the σE dependent response to singlet oxygen in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Roger is an Associate Professor and Co-Coordinator of the Biotechnology Program at Worcester State University.
- Justin Lemke
(Professor Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Probing Regulatory Targets of DksA/ppGpp in E. coli. Jay is a Senior Research Scientist at Promega.
- Kathy Milligan-Myhre
(Prof. Laura Knoll, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of Potential Toxoplasma gondii Virulence factors. Kathy is an Assistant Professor at the University of Alaska, Anchorage.
- Amber Pollack-Berti
(Professor Ned Ruby, Med Micro and Immunology) Exploring the mechanism and regulation of natural competence in Vibrio fischeri. She is a SQA Engineer at Quicken Loans.
- Christopher Rocco
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Propionate Metabolism and Toxicity in Bacteria. Chris is a Contract Editor for American Journal Experts.
- Ashley Shade
(Prof. Katherine McMahon, Bacteriology/Civil and Environmental Engineering): Aquatic Bacteria, Lakes and Water Column Overturn: A model microbial system for disturbance ecology. Ashley is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.
- Olena Shtanko
(Prof. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Pathobiological Science): Mopeia Virus Assembly. Olena is a staff scientist with the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
- Brenda Soto
(Prof. Paul Sondel, Pediatrics): Anti-tumor effect of Resveratrol combined with immunotherapy. Brenda is a research scientist with Stratatech, Inc.
- Sarah V. Studer
(Prof. Ned Ruby, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Vibrio Fischeri uses AinS to regulate cellular activites and host association. Sarah is a EERE Postdoctoral Fellow in the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, Department of Energy.
- Eli (Sevova) Theel
(Prof. James Bangs, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Protein Transport Through the Early Secretory Pathway and Sphingolipid synthesis in Trypanosoma Bruceli. Eli (Sevova) is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Director, Infectious Disease Serology, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.
- Heather Allen
(Prof. Jo Handelsman, Bacteriology): Functional metagenomics to discover antibiotic resistance genes in natural environments. Heather is a microbiologist at the National Animal Disease Center (USDA) in Ames, Iowa.
- Sharon Altmann
(Prof. Curtis Brandt, Ophthalmology): Therapeutic Intervention for Pox viruses. Sharon is a Senior Scientist at MRGIGlobal.
- Andrew Berti
(Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): From Sequence to Structures: Mining Pseudomonas syringae for natural product. Andrew received his Pharmacy degree as well and is now an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University.
- Yolande Chan
(Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Formation and Incorporation of Two New Polyketide Synthase Extender Units. Yolande is a adjunct instructor at Edgewood College in Madison, WI.
- Arturo Diaz
(Prof. Paul Ahlquist, Molecular Virology): Formation, Structure, and Organization of the RNA Replication Compartments of Brome Mosaic Virus. Arturo is an Associate Professor at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.
- N. Cecilia Martinez Gomez
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): In vitro characterization of Fe-S cluster enzymes involved in Thiamine Biosynthesis. Cecilia is now an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.
- Paola Mera
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Mechanistic Insights into Corrinoid Adenosylation. Paola is now an assistant professor at New Mexico State Univeristy.
- Michele Otte
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Analysis of enzymes of the late stepts of coenzyme B12 biosynthesis in archaea and bacteria. Michele is a Food Safety Manager at US Durum Products.
- Josh Troll
(Prof. Margaret McFall-Ngai, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Peptidoglycan Recognition Proteins at the intersection of immunity and development in the squid/vibrio symbiosis. Josh is currently a Scientist II at Zymeren, Inc.
- Laura Valentine
(Prof. David Watkins, Pathology Department): CD8+T cells in elite control of SIV. Laura is currently a postdoc at the University of California-San Francisco.
- Jennifer Van Vleet
(Prof. Thomas Jeffries, Bacteriology): Yeast Metabolic Engineering for Ethanol Production Guided by Gene Expression Analysis. Jennifer is employed by EdenIQ in Visalia, CA as Senior Genetics Scientist.
- David Wolfe
(Prof. Gary Roberts, Bacteriology): Characterization of factors regulating PII function in Phodospirillum Rubrum. He is a Division Officer, Genomics and Bioinformatics Department in Ft. Detrick, MD.
- Beth Ann Browne
(Prof. Diana Downs, Department of Bacteriology): A Link between Tryptophan Biosynthesis and PURF-Idependent Phosphoribosyl Amine Formation in YJGF Mutant Strains of Salmonella Enterica. Beth is currently employed by Dow Biocides in Buffalo Grove, IL as a Senior Microbiologist.
- Zomary Flores Cruz
(Prof. Caitilyn Allen, Department of Plant Pathology): Role of odidative stress response in Ralstonia solanacearum virulence. Zomary has accepted an Assistant Professor position at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.
- Matthew Frankel
(Prof. Laura Knoll, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of a Unique Nuclear Transport Pathway Required for Virulence of the Parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Matthew is a Program Manager R&D at Abbott Diagnostics Business.
- Bailey Freeman
(Prof. Donna Paulnock, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Modulation of Macrophage Cytokine Responses and Antigen Presentation during African Trypanosomiasis. Bailey is currently doing a postdoc with Prof. Mark Slifka at Oregon State University of Health Sciences.
- Kendal Galbraith Cooper
(Prof. Jon Woods, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Studies and Applications of Gene Disruption in Histoplasma capsulatum. Kendal did a postdoc as a research geneticist with the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Madison, WI. She is now a postdoctoral research associate at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah.
- Jeffrey Gardner
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena) Genetics and Biochemistry of Acetyl-CoA Synthetase Control in Bacillus subtilis. Jeff is an Asst Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Biological Sciences.
- Jane Garrity
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Department of Bacteriology): N-Lysine Acylation and Control of Coenzyme A Homeostasis in Salmonella enterica. Jane is the Associate Director of Licensing at the University of Iowa.
- Erin E. Herbert Tran
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Department of Bacteriology): Regulation of Xenorhabdus nematophila Host Interactions by the CpxRA Two-Component System. Erin is a Staff Scientist at the National Cancer Institute.
- Spencer Hoover
(Prof. Rob Striker, Medicine and Medical Mircobiology and Immunology): Repurpsing Thiopurines As Novel Antivirals. Spencer is the Director Process and Analytical Development at CCRM.
- Jeremy Jones
(Prof. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Novel Methods for Prevention and Control of Influenza. Jeremy is a Staff Scientist at St. Jude Children's Hospital.
- Petra Kohler
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Components of the Neisseria gonorrhoeae Type IV Secretion System and their Interactions with Peptidoglycan. Petra did a postdoc at the University of Minnesota in the Department of Microbiology. She is now employed as a microbiologist at 3M Corporate Research Materials Laboratory.
- Kimberly Luke
(Prof. Jon Woods, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Department of Bacteriology): Regulation of the cellular p53 protein by the Influenza Non-Structural protein. Kimberly is the Director of Commerical Development at Intuitive Biosciences in Madison, WI.
- Ryan Newton
(Prof. Katherine McMahon, Civil and Environmental Engineering): Cosmopolitan Freshwater Bacterial Dynamics in Lakes across Time and Space. Ryan is a Research Scientist at UW-Milwaukee in the School of Freshwater Sciences.
- S. Brook Peterson
(Prof. Jo Handelsman, Bacteriology): Interactions between Rhizosphere Bacteria. Brook is a Senior Scientist in the Mougous Lab, Dept. of Microbiology, University of Washington, Seattle.
- Adrian Pinto Tomas
(Prof. Cameron Currie, Bacteriology): Symbiotic interactions between bacteria and tropical insect herbivores. Adrian is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Costa Rica in the department of Biochemistry.
- Gregory Richards
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Department of Bacteriology): The Regulator LrhA and Lipase Activity in Xenorhabdus nematophila Insect Pathogenesis. Gregory is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at UW-Parkside.
- Courtney Robinson
(Prof. Jo Handelsman, Bacteriology): Robustness of Lepidopteran Midgut Microbial Communities. Courtney is an Associate Professor at Howard University in the Biology Department.
- Steven Rutherford
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Department of Bacteriology): Insights into the Mechanism of DksA Action at Ribosomal RNA Promoters in Escherichia coli. Steven is a staff member at Genetech, Inc. in San Francisco.
- Wilmara Salgado-Pabon
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Neisseria gonorrhoeae Processing of Chromosomal DNA for Direct Secretion via a Type IV Secretion System. Wilmara is an Assitant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Pathobiological Sciences.
- Erik Settles
(Prof. Paul Friesen, Department of Biochemistry): Flock House virus induces replication dependent apoptosis by depleting AIAP1. Erik is the Assistant Research Director at Northern Arizona University.
- Mary Patricia Stangl (Craver)
(Prof. Laura Knoll, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Isolation and Characterization of Toxoplasma gondii Bradyzoite Development Mutants. Mary Pat is a contract writer for American Institute for Research.
- Rose Szabady
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Secreted Mucinases of Enteric Bacterial Pathogens: Modulators of Host Defense. Rose is the Assoicate Director, Immunology at Vedanta Biosciences, Inc.
- Michael Thorgersen
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Insights into Metabolic Links between Cellular Iron and Sulfur Metabolism in Salmonella enterica. Michael is a research professional at the University of Georgia, Athens.
- Duy Tran
(Prof. Paul Friesen, Department of Biochemistry): Drosophila melanogaster DIAP2 regulates the anti-apoptotic function of DIAP1. Duy is a postdoc at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
- Andrew Anfora
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): The Effects of Serine and Acetate Metabolism on the Ability of Escherichia coli CFT073 to Colonize the Murine Urinary Tract. Andrew is a Senior Field Applications Scientist at Natera.
- Megan Bohse
(Prof. Jon Woods, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of the Yeast Phase Specific YPS3 Gene of Histoplasma capsulatum. Megan is the VP-Technology Solutions at CenterX.
- Lisa Bowers
(Prof. Marcin Filutowicz, Bacteriology): Elements of Plasmid R6K Replication Control. Lisa is now an Associate Professor at St. Olaf College.
- Shaun Brinsmade
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Genetics and Biochemistry of Class II Phosphotransacetylases: Enzymes and Sensors of Nutrition, Energy and Redox State of Prokaryotic Cells. Shaun is now an assistant professor at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.
- Hyunsic Choi
(Prof. William McClain, Bacteriology): The Seventy-Six Nucleotides in tRNA Act As One Functional Unit. Hyunsic is working at Scarab Genomics.
- Carlene Chun
(Prof. Margaret McFall-Ngai, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Genomic and Biochemical Changes during the Onset of the Squid-Vibrio Symbiosis. Carlene is a MD in Gastroenterology at Castle Rock Adventist Hosptial in CO.
- Taylor Dagenais
(Prof. John Mansfield, Bacteriology/ Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Processing and Presentation of Variant Surface Glycoprotein during African Trypanosomiasis. Taylor is a partner at Big Rose Web Design, LLC.
- Daniel Garcia
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Liberation of Pro-inflammatory Peptidoglycan Fragments from the Gonococcal Cell. Dan is the Senior Health Scientist for the CDC in India.
- Jennifer Giel
(Prof. Patricia Kiley, Biomolecular Chemistry): Role of IscR in regulation of Fe-S Biogenesis in Escherichia coli. Jennifer is a medical writer and owner at Sterling Biomedical Communications.
- Tajie Harris
(Prof. Donna Paulnock, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Immunostimulatory DNA and the Innate Immune Response to Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. Tajie is an Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Virginia.
- Brian Haugen
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of the Response of Uropathogenic Escherichia coli Strain CFT073 to D-Serine. Brian is a Health Science Policy Analyst at the National Institutes of Health.
- Shani Haugen
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): rRNA Regulation Depends on Nonoptimal Sigma Region 1.2 Promoter Interactions: Fine Structure of a New RNA Polymerase Recognition Element. Shani is a FDA Scientific Reviewer.
- Erica Lannan
(Prof. Paul Friesen, Biochemistry): Execution of Baculovirus-induced Apoposis in Drosophila Requires Caspases DrICE, CDP1, and Dronc. Erica is an Associate Professor at Prairie State College in Chicago Heights, IL.
- Jeffrey Lewis
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Genetics and Biochemistry of Tricarballylate Catabolism in Salmonella enterica. Jeffrey is an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas.
- Ainslie Little
(Prof. Cameron Currie, Bacteriology): Parasitism as a Selective Force Shaping the Ecology and Evolution of an Ancient Ant-Fungal-Bacterial Mutualism. Ainslie is the Director of IP at BlueRock Therapeutics in Toronto, Onatrio, Canada.
- Rebecca Lopez
(Prof. Donna Paulnock, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): The Role of IFN- a/ b in the Innate Immune Response to African Trypanosomes. Rebecca is a postdoc in the Dept. of Hematology at the National Institutes of Health with Dr. Richard Childs.
- Rachel Mooney
(Prof. Robert Landick, Biochemistry): The Secret Life of NusG: A Functional Analysis of a Universal Transcriptional Regulator and Its Surprising Relationship with _70. Rachel is a Scientist in the laboratory of Prof. Landick, Dept. of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
- Lindsey Moser
(Prof. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Insights into Astrovirus Pathogenesis: How Barrier Permeability, ERK Activation, and Early Viral Events Collaborate to Cause Diarrhea. Lindsey continuied her studies as a postdoc in the Schultz-Cherry lab, and is now an Assistant Scientist in the Talaat Lab at UW-Madison.
- Zakee Sabree
(Prof. Jo Handelsman, Bacteriology): Heterologous Expression in the Metagenomics Era. Zakee is an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University.
- Jonah Sacha
(Prof. David Watkins, Pathology): T Cell Epitope Ontogeny in AIDS-virus Infected Cells. Jonah is an Associate Professor at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR.
- Priscilla Van Wynsberghe
(Prof. Paul Ahlquist, Molecular Virology): Virus Reproduction: Membrane Localization of Nodaviral RNAs during Replication Complex Assembly. She is now an Associate Professor at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.
- Laura Walters
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): StcE, a Mucin-Specific Protease, Recognizes Glycan-Induced Conformations. Laura completed her M.D. in fulfillment of the Medical Scientist Training Program and is now a pathologist at Beaumont Health Systems.
- Carmen Zayas Aponte
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena-Semerena, Bacteriology): Studies of the Last Step of de Novo Corrin Ring Biosynthesis and the Nucleotide Loop Assembly Pathway of Coenzyme B12 Synthesis. Carmen is a pharmacist.
- Charles Cowles
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Characterization of Factors Controlling the Species-Specificity of a Model Microbe-Host Interaction. Charles is Senior Scientist in the Nucleic Acids Division of Promega.
- Kimberly Cowles
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Activity and Regulation of Hemolysins in the Insect Pathogen Xenorhabdus nematophila. Kim is a Research Associate in Jeri Barak's lab in the Department of Plant Pathology, UW-Madison.
- Michael Dougherty
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Cellular Factors Impacting the Biosynthesis of the Pyrimidine Moiety of Thiamine. Michael is a Project Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center at Moffet Field, CA.
- A. Itzel Ramos-Solis
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Metabolic Robustness of Phosphoribosyl Amine Biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica. Itzel is a Metabolic Engineering Scientist at LS9, Inc. in San Francisco.
- John Loffredo
(Prof. David Watkins, Pathology): Understanding the Antiviral Efficacy and Breadth of CD8+ T Lymphocytes against Simian Immunodeficiency Virus. He is an Associate Director at Bristol-Myers Squibb.
- Julie Nemecek
(Prof. Bruce Klein, Medical Microbiology and Immunology/Medicine): Regulation of Dimorphism and Virulence in Pathogenic Fungi. Julie is a FDA Microbiologist.
- Patricia Ortiz-Bermudez
(Prof. Kenneth Hammel, Bacteriology/Forest Products Laboratory): A Role for Chloroperoxidase-Producing Fungi in Natural Organochlorine Production. She is a Professor of Biological and Chemical Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.
- Christian Riesenfeld
(Prof. Jo Handelsman, Plant Pathology): Survey of Aminoglycoside Resistance Genes in Soil. Christian is an Instructor at New England Institute of Technology.
- George Schmitz
(Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): A Link Between YjgF and Isoleucine Biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium. George is a postdoctoral scientist at the Energy BioScience Institute-University of Illinois.
- Ilenys (Diaz-Muniz) Perez-Diaz
(Prof. James Steele, Food Science): Citrate catabolism by Lactobacillus casei in ripening cheese: a genomic approach. Ilenys is an Associate Professor of Food Science at North Carolina State Univeristy with the USDA/ARS.
- Jennifer Anthony
(Prof. Timothy Donohue, Bacteriology): Function of the Rhodobacter sphaerodies alternative sigma factor, sE and its anti-sigma factor, ChrR. She is now a Research Scientist developing next generation biofuels in the Biochemical Sciences and Engineering Group at DuPont.
- Darby Brown (Oldenberg)
(Prof. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology) Life in the Xylem: The Secrets of Ralstonia solanacearum Pathogenesis Revealed by in vivo Expression Technology. Darby is a Biomedical Research Scientist at Gundersen Lutheran.
- Nicole Buan
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Adenosylcorrinoids: Biosynthesis, Reactivation and Scavenging. Nicole is an Associate Professor in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
- Melissa Dubois
(Prof. John Mansfield, Bacteriology/ Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Regulation of B cell Responses in Experimental African Trypanosomiasis. Melissa is the Director at South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership.
- Enid Gonzalez
(Prof. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology): Plant Cell Wall-Degradation and Twin-Arginine Translocation: Exploring Ralstonia solanacearum Virulence Factors. Enid is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at California State University-Sacramento and the Director of the Center for Science and Math Success.
- Thomas Grys
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology). Characterization of the StcE protease of Escherichia coliO157:H7. Tom is the Director of Microbiology, Mayo Medical Clinic of Arizona.
- Eric Martens
(Prof. Heidi Goodrich-Blair, Bacteriology): Initiation and Maintenance of Steinernema carpocapsae Nematode Colonization by Xenorhadus nematophia Bacteria. Eric is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan.
- Brian Paul
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): DksA: A Potentiator of Regulation of Transcription by Small Molecules in Escherichia coli. Brian is on the staff at E.I. Dupont.
- Christine Tavano
(Prof. Timothy Donohue, Bacteriology): Insights into Photosynthesis in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Christine is a Production Scientist-QA Liaison for MilliporeSigma-Life Sciences.
- Kelly Winterberg (Hunter)
(Prof. William Reznikoff, Biochemistry): A Global Approach for Studying Bacterial Genomes. Kelly is the Manager, Research and Business Development at Ontario Genomics in Canada.
- Jesse Woodson
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Coenzyme B12 Biosynthesis and Precursor Salvaging in Archaea. Jesse is an Assosciate Professor at the University of Arizona.
- Karen Cloud Hansen
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology) Lytic transglycosylases are responsible for production of peptidoglycan-derived cytotoxin in Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Karen is self employed as an Editorial Manager.
- Holly Hamilton
(Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology) Type IV secretion in Neisseria gonorrhoeae: Its role in DNA secretion and in bacteria-host cell interactions. She is currently a senior scientist II at Arrowhead Corporation.
- Christopher Herring
(Prof. Fred Blattner, Genetics). The Introduction and Suppression of Amber Stop Codons in the Genome of Escherichia coli. Chris is the Chief Scientist at Enchi Corporation.
- Vincent Starai
(Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): The Sir2-dependent Protein Acetylation/Deacetylation System of Salmonella entirica. Vinny is now an Associate Professor in the Departments of Microbiology and Infectious Disease at the University of Georgia.
- Larry Anthony
(Prof. Richard Burgess, Oncology): Interaction of Escherichia coli sigma factors with core RNA polymerase. Larry is working as a Senior Scientist for I. DuPont.
- Wyndham Lathem
(Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Identification and characterization of a secreted protease from Escherichia coli O157:H7.
- Erica Maldondao
(Prof. Jon Woods, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of the M Antigen of Histoplasma capsulatum: Function and Expression. She is the Bilingual Technical Instructor and Product Manager in the Oncology Diagnostics Industry.
- David Schneider
(Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Control of rRNA expression in Escherichia coli by small molecules. After working for Dr. Masayasu Nomura as a postdoc in the Department of Biological Chemistry at the University of California-Irvine, David is a Professor of Biochemistry and the Associate Dean for Graduate Biomedical Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
- Ricardo Kruger
(Prof. Marcin Filutowicz, Bacteriology): Study of Positive and Negative Factors Controlling Replication Initiation of Prokaryotic Origin. Ricardo is currently a Professor in the Department of Genomic Sciences and Biotechnology at the Catholic University of Brasil, Brasilia.
- David O'Connor
(Prof. David Watkins): Simian Immunodeficiency Virus Escape from Cytotoxic T-Lymphocyte Responses. David is an Associate Professor at UW-Madison, Department of Pathology and Labratory Medicine.
- Regan Theiler
(Prof. Teresa Compton, Oncology): Membrane Topology and Complex Formation of Human Cytomegalovirus Glycoprotein O. Regan is the Director of General Obstetrics and Cynecology at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
- Michelle Timmerman
(Prof. Jon Woods, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): A Novel Iron Acquisition Mechanism by the Pathogenic Fungus Histoplasma capsulatum. Scientific Review Officer, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.
- Peng Wang
(Prof. Miroslav Malkovsky, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Gamma Delta T Cell Regulation by Accessory Molecules. Peng is a postdoc at La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology
- Nian-Qing Shi
(Prof. Thomas Jeffries, Bacteriology/Forest Products Laboratory): Dissecting the Respiratory Machinery in the Xylose-Metabolizing Yeast, Pichia stipitis. Nian is a Associate Scientist in the Department of Medicine Cardiology Department at UW-Madison.