Allen, Heather

Dissertation: Functional metagenomics to discover antibiotic resistance genes in natural environments.
Faculty Advisor: Jo Handelsman
Heather was a brilliant and successful microbiologist at the National Animal Disease Center (USDA) in Ames, Iowa. She died from breast cancer in 2020, which was a loss to us all.

Altmann, Sharon

Dissertation: Therapeutic Intervention for Pox viruses.
Faculty Advisor: Curtis Brandt
Sharon is a Senior Scientist at MRIGlobal.

Berti, Andrew

Dissertation: From Sequence to Structures: Mining Pseudomonas syringae for natural product.
Faculty Advisor: Michael Thomas
Andrew received his Pharmacy degree as well and is now an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University.

Chan, Yolande

Dissertation: Formation and Incorporation of Two New Polyketide Synthase Extender Units.
Faculty Advisor: Michael Thomas
Yolande was an adjunct instructor at Edgewood College in Madison, WI.

Diaz, Arturo

Dissertation: Formation, Structure, and Organization of the RNA Replication Compartments of Brome Mosaic Virus.
Faculty Advisor: Paul Ahlquist
Arturo is an Associate Professor at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA.

Martinez Gomez, N. Cecilia

Dissertation: In vitro characterization of Fe-S cluster enzymes involved in Thiamine Biosynthesis.
Faculty Advisor: Diana Downs
Cecilia is now an Assistant Professor at UC-Berkeley.

Mera, Paola

Dissertation: Mechanistic Insights into Corrinoid Adenosylation.
Faculty Advisor: Jorge Escalante
Paola is a postdoc at Stanford.

Otte, Michele

Dissertation: Analysis of enzymes of the late steps of coenzyme B12 biosynthesis in archaea and bacteria.
Faculty Advisor: Jorge Escalante
Michele is a Food Safety Manager at US Durum Products.

Troll, Josh

Dissertation: Peptidoglycan Recognition Proteins at the intersection of immunity and development in the squid/vibrio symbiosis.
Faculty Advisor: Margaret McFall-Ngai
Josh is currently the Director of Fermentation and Bioprocess at The Every Company.

Valentine, Laura

Dissertation: CD8+T cells in elite control of SIV
Faculty Advisor: David Watkins
Laura is currently a postdoc at the University of California-San Francisco.