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MDTP Graduates

Since 1999, 238 students have graduated from the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program. Below is a list of MDTP graduates and a description of their thesis work.


  • picture of CallaghanMelanie Callaghan
    (Prof. Joe Dillard): Regulation of expression in the Neisseria gonorrhoeae type IV secretion system
  • picture of GirammaChristina Giramma
    (Prof. Jade Wang, Bacteriology): Bacterial regulation of DNA replication elongation. Christina will be working as a research administrator with the UW-Madison Department of Pediatrics.
  • picture of HillmanKai Hillman
    (Prof. Michael Thomas): X. nematophila type VI secretion systems mediate ecologically relevant interactions. Kai has taken a position with Promega in Madison, WI.
  • picture of NyffelerKayleigh Nyffeler
    (Prof. Helen Blackwell, Chemistry): Chemical- and materials-based approaches to further the understanding of quorum sensing in bacteria; Kayleigh is now job-hunting in the Pittsburgh, PA area


  • picture of AndersonBrent 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 with Andy Goodman at Yale University.
  • picture of JacobsonTyler Jacobson
    (Prof Daniel Amador-Noguez: Bacteriology): In vivo thermodynamic analysis of metabolic networks. Tyler will be doing a postdoc in Amador-Noguez Lab.
  • picture of La ReauAlex 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.
  • picture of LarsonGloria Larson
    (Prof. Andrew Mehle, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Dissection of molecular mechanisms by which human host factors regulate influenza virus replication. Gloria is starting a fellowship doing influenza research at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • picture of MauerTerra 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.
  • picture of NewhousePeter Newhouse
    (Prof. Katrina Forest: Bacteriology): Biophysical Investigation of Peptidoglycan Binding by Periplasmic Superoxide Dismutase. Peter is seeking out his next opportunity.
  • picture of PensingerDan 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.
  • picture of ShockeyAbigail 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.
  • picture of VinnikVlad 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.


  • picture of BakerEmilyClare 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.
  • picture of BruckbauerSteven 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.
  • picture of ChanJia 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.
  • picture of ChenAlbert Chen
    (Prof. Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Mechanistic studies on transcription regulation by DksA and ppGpp. Albert is a Scientist III at Aldevron in Madsion.
  • picture of ChoeraTsokyi 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.
  • picture of Esquilin-LebronKarla 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.
  • picture of GordonGina 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.
  • picture of LinzAlex 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.
  • picture of NawrockiErin 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.
  • picture of NeumannTony 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.
  • picture of ParkEunju 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.
  • picture of Sanchez VazquezPatricia 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.
  • picture of SchomerRebecca 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.
  • picture of StevensSarah 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.
  • picture of WahligTaylor 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.
  • picture of YeesinPonlkrit 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.


  • picture of BloomJordan 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.
  • picture of BucciMichael 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.
  • picture of Burgos-RoblesHector 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.
  • picture of CaoMengyi 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.
  • picture of ChenGrischa 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.
  • picture of FlorekKelsey 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.
  • picture of KnoxBen 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
  • picture of LoweTiffany Lowe
    (Prof. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology):  Metabolic analyses of Ralstonia solanacearum during plant pathogensis.  Tiffany is now an Assistant Professor at UC-Davis.
  • picture of MacgilvrayMatt 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.
  • picture of MonclaLouise 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.
  • picture of MortimerTatum Mortimer
    (Prof. Caitlin Pepperell):  Identifying targets of selection in bacteria with varying levels of recombination.  Tatum has accepted a postdoctroral position at Harvard University.
  • picture of RekoskeBrian 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.
  • picture of RomanoKym 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.
  • picture of SantosThiago 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.

  • picture of SardiMaria 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.
  • picture of Tse BarraJessy 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.
  • picture of UmanaAngie 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.
  • picture of VincentWill 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.


  • picture of AlbrightEmily 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.
  • picture of Baker-McAlisterAnna 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.
  • picture of Casanova-TorresAngel 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.
  • picture of Dill-McFarlandKimberly 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.
  • picture of LewinGina 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.
  • picture of LimFang 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.
  • picture of MarcusSarah 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.
  • picture of McDonaldBradon 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.
  • picture of TranVy 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.
  • picture of WrightErik 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.


  • picture of DalsingBeth 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.
  • picture of DinisJorge 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.
  • picture of HarvieElizabeth 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.
  • picture of KrasityBenjamin 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.
  • picture of MladinichKatie 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.
  • picture of MurfinKristen 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.
  • picture of SchwartzmanJulia Schwartzman
    (Prof. Ned Ruby, Medical Microbiology and Immunolgy):  Physiological and chemical regotiations of the squid-vibrio symbiosis.  Julia is currently postdoc at MIT.
  • picture of SperoMelanie 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.
  • picture of WadlerCaryn Wadler
    (Prof. Garret Suen, Bacteriology):  The Cellulolytic Strategy of Cellulomonas.  Caryn is doing a postdoc in the Thomas lab at UW Madison.
  • picture of WilleCoral 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.
  • picture of WinkelmanJared 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.


  • picture of AffeldtKate 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.
  • picture of Bacot-DavisValjean 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.
  • picture of BegemannMatthew 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.
  • picture of Heath-HeckmanElizabeth 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.
  • picture of HryckowianAndrew 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.
  • picture of JewellKelsea 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.
  • picture of KunyChad 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.
  • picture of NealLori 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.
  • picture of ParkHyunjun Park
    (Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology):  Towards the biosynthesis of modified natural products.  Hyunjun is the co-founder and CEO at Catalog Technologies Inc.
  • picture of SterkelAlana 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.


  • picture of (Byrne) NashRose (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.
  • picture of (Hedberg) SheredaGina (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.
  • picture of ApodacaJennifer 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. 
  • picture of AylwardFrank 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.
  • picture of BantaAmy 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.
  • picture of BattaglioliEric 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.
  • picture of BazurtoJannell 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.
  • picture of FlynnJeffrey 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.
  • picture of HanshewAlissa Hanshew
    (Prof. Cameron Currie, Bacteriology): Microbial Ecology of Tropical Arboreal Ants.  Alissa is a Labratory and Research Safety Specialist at Penn State University
  • picture of HoganCliff 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.
  • picture of HoltJonathan 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.
  • picture of MyersKevin 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.
  • picture of PayneAmanda 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.
  • picture of RamseyMeghan 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.
  • picture of StarnesTaylor Starnes
    (Prof. Anna Huttenlocher:  Medical Microbiology and Immunology):  Cell motility in inflammatory disease pathogenesis.  Taylor is a MD in opthalmology in the Chicago area.
  • picture of WhitemarshRegina 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.


  • picture of BrennanCaitlin 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.
  • picture of ChanChi 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.
  • picture of CrosbyHeidi Crosby
    (Prof. Jorge Escalante, Bacteriology): Substrate specificity of the Phodopseudomonas palustris protein acetyltransferase RpPat. Heidi is a Research Scientist at New England Biolabs.
  • picture of GourleyChristopher 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.
  • picture of JoseGilbert 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.
  • picture of LuXiaojun 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.
  • picture of MarceauAimee Marceau
    (Prof. James Keck, Biomolecular Chemistry): Structure, function, and therapeutic targeting of SSB protein interactions. Aimee is doing a Scientist at, NeiC.
  • picture of RatermanErica 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.
  • picture of SilvermanJason 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.
  • picture of Silverman (Lambrecht)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.
  • picture of StueckerTara 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.
  • picture of WoodhamsKatelynn 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.


  • picture of AlturaMelissa 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.
  • picture of ChastonJohn 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.
  • picture of ChristophersonMelissa 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.
  • picture of GeorgeNicholas 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.
  • picture of KlingeleAudrey 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.
  • picture of KoenigsknechtMark Koenigsknecht
    (Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Defining Robustness in the Metabolic Network Surrounding Phosphoribosylamine Biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica. Mark is a Scientist at Novozymes.
  • picture of KohYvonne Koh
    (Prof. Marvin Wickens, Biochemistry): RNA recognition by the PUF protein. Yvonne is the Head of the National Research Foundation in Singapore.
  • picture of MagleTobin (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.
  • picture of McMahonMatthew 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. 
  • picture of O'BrienKevin 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.
  • picture of ScottJarrod 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.
  • picture of SmanskiMichael 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. 
  • picture of TebbetsBradley Tebbets
    (Prof. Bruce Klein, Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Pedatrics): Antifungal Drug Discovery. Brad is a Research Director at Fulcrum Research Group in Boston, MA.
  • picture of ThaoSandy 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.
  • picture of TietjenJoshua Tietjen
    (Prof. Aseem Ansari, Biochemistry): Dissecting the Complexity of the CTD Code. Josh is a Senior Staff Software Test Engineer at Illumina in California.
  • picture of WangYanling 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.
  • picture of WardSarah Ward
    (Prof. Adel Talaat, Pathobiological Sciences), Response to Copper and the Pathogenesis of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Sarah is a Professor at Oakland Community College.
  • picture of WollenbergMichael 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.
  • picture of ZulegerCindy 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.


  • picture of (Felnagle) NoverElizabeth (Felnagle) Nover
    (Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Tuberactinomycin Biosynthesis. Elizabeth is the proprietor and editor at Razor Shrap Editing in Seattle, WA.
  • picture of AulikNicole 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.
  • picture of BaisaGary 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.
  • picture of BristolJillian 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.
  • picture of DominguezNadia 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.
  • picture of DufourYann Dufour
    (Prof. Timothy Donohue, Bacteriology): Transcriptional regulatory Y networks controlling stress responses in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Yann is an Assistant Professor at Michigan State University.
  • picture of FoxLisa M. Fox
    (Prof. Jenny Gumperz, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Mechanisms that regulate NKT cell autoreactivity.
  • picture of GrayMichael 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.
  • picture of GreenwellRoger 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.
  • picture of LemkeJustin Lemke
    (Professor Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Probing Regulatory Targets of DksA/ppGpp in E. coli. Jay is a Senior Research Scientist at Promega.
  • picture of Milligan-MyhreKathy 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.
  • picture of Pollack-BertiAmber 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.
  • picture of RoccoChristopher Rocco
    (Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Propionate Metabolism and Toxicity in Bacteria. Chris is a Contract Editor for American Journal Experts.
  • picture of ShadeAshley 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.
  • picture of ShtankoOlena Shtanko
    (Prof. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, Pathobiological Science): Mopeia Virus Assembly.  Olena is a staff scientist with the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
  • picture of SotoBrenda Soto
    (Prof. Paul Sondel, Pediatrics): Anti-tumor effect of Resveratrol combined with immunotherapy. Brenda is a research scientist with Stratatech, Inc.
  • picture of StuderSarah 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.
  • picture of TheelEli (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.


  • picture of AllenHeather 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.
  • picture of AltmannSharon Altmann
    (Prof. Curtis Brandt, Ophthalmology): Therapeutic Intervention for Pox viruses. Sharon is a Senior Scientist at MRGIGlobal.
  • picture of BertiAndrew 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.
  • picture of ChanYolande 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.
  • picture of DiazArturo 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.
  • picture of GomezN. 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.
  • picture of MeraPaola Mera
    (Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Mechanistic Insights into Corrinoid Adenosylation. Paola is now an assistant professor at New Mexico State Univeristy.
  • picture of OtteMichele 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.
  • picture of TrollJosh 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.
  • picture of ValentineLaura 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.
  • picture of Van VleetJennifer 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.
  • picture of WolfeDavid 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.


  • picture of BrowneBeth 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.
  • picture of Flores CruzZomary 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.
  • picture of FrankelMatthew 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.
  • picture of FreemanBailey 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.
  • picture of Galbraith CooperKendal 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.
  • picture of GardnerJeffrey 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.
  • picture of GarrityJane 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. 
  • picture of Herbert TranErin 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.
  • picture of HooverSpencer 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.
  • picture of JonesJeremy 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.
  • picture of KohlerPetra 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.
  • picture of LukeKimberly 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.
  • picture of NewtonRyan 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.
  • picture of PetersonS. 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.
  • picture of Pinto TomasAdrian 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.
  • picture of RichardsGregory 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.
  • picture of RobinsonCourtney Robinson
    (Prof. Jo Handelsman, Bacteriology): Robustness of Lepidopteran Midgut Microbial Communities. Courtney is an Associate Professor at Howard University in the Biology Department.
  • picture of RutherfordSteven 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.
  • picture of Salgado-PabonWilmara 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.
  • picture of SettlesErik 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.
  • picture of Stangl (Craver)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.
  • picture of SzabadyRose 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.
  • picture of ThorgersenMichael 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.
  • picture of TranDuy 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.


  • picture of AnforaAndrew 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.
  • picture of BohseMegan 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.
  • picture of BowersLisa Bowers
    (Prof. Marcin Filutowicz, Bacteriology): Elements of Plasmid R6K Replication Control. Lisa is now an Associate Professor at St. Olaf College.
  • picture of BrinsmadeShaun 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. 
  • picture of ChoiHyunsic Choi
    (Prof. William McClain, Bacteriology): The Seventy-Six Nucleotides in tRNA Act As One Functional Unit. Hyunsic is working at Scarab Genomics.
  • picture of ChunCarlene 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.
  • picture of DagenaisTaylor 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.
  • picture of GarciaDaniel 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.
  • picture of GielJennifer 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.
  • picture of HarrisTajie 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.
  • picture of HaugenBrian 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.
  • picture of HaugenShani 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.
  • picture of LannanErica 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.
  • picture of LewisJeffrey 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.
  • picture of LittleAinslie 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.
  • picture of LopezRebecca 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.
  • picture of MooneyRachel 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.
  • picture of MoserLindsey 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.
  • picture of SabreeZakee Sabree
    (Prof. Jo Handelsman, Bacteriology): Heterologous Expression in the Metagenomics Era. Zakee is an Associate Professor at the Ohio State University.
  • picture of SachaJonah 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.
  • picture of Van WynsberghePriscilla 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.
  • picture of WaltersLaura 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.
  • picture of Zayas AponteCarmen 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.


  • picture of CowlesCharles 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.
  • picture of CowlesKimberly 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.
  • picture of DoughertyMichael 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.

  • picture of Itzel Ramos-SolisA. 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.
  • picture of LoffredoJohn 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.
  • picture of NemecekJulie Nemecek
    (Prof. Bruce Klein, Medical Microbiology and Immunology/Medicine): Regulation of Dimorphism and Virulence in Pathogenic Fungi. Julie is a FDA Microbiologist.
  • picture of Ortiz-BermudezPatricia 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.
  • picture of RiesenfeldChristian Riesenfeld
    (Prof. Jo Handelsman, Plant Pathology): Survey of Aminoglycoside Resistance Genes in Soil. Christian is an Instructor at New England Institute of Technology.
  • picture of SchmitzGeorge 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.


  • picture of (Diaz-Muniz) Perez-DiazIlenys (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.
  • picture of AnthonyJennifer 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.
  • picture of Brown (Oldenberg)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.
  • picture of BuanNicole 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.
  • picture of DuboisMelissa 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.
  • picture of GonzalezEnid 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.
  • picture of GrysThomas 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.
  • picture of MartensEric 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.
  • picture of PaulBrian 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.
  • picture of TavanoChristine Tavano
    (Prof. Timothy Donohue, Bacteriology): Insights into Photosynthesis in Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Christine is a Production Scientist-QA Liaison for MilliporeSigma-Life Sciences.
  • picture of Winterberg (Hunter)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.
  • picture of WoodsonJesse Woodson
    (Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Coenzyme B12 Biosynthesis and Precursor Salvaging in Archaea. Jesse is an Assosciate Professor at the University of Arizona.


  • picture of Cloud HansenKaren 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.
  • picture of HamiltonHolly 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.
  • picture of HerringChristopher 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.
  • picture of StaraiVincent 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.


  • picture of AnthonyLarry 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.
  • picture of LathemWyndham Lathem
    (Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Identification and characterization of a secreted protease from Escherichia coli O157:H7.
  • picture of MaldondaoErica 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.
  • picture of SchneiderDavid 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.


  • picture of KrugerRicardo 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.


  • picture of O'ConnorDavid 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.
  • picture of TheilerRegan 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.
  • picture of TimmermanMichelle 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.
  • picture of WangPeng 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


  • picture of ShiNian-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.