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MDTP Graduates

Since 1999, 169 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 AffeldtKate Affeldt (Prof. Nancy Keller, Medical Microbiology and Immunology):  Expanding the Paradign of Oxylipins in Aspergus flavus.  Kate is currently seeking a position in industry.
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 has accepted a post doc position at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec Canada.
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 seeking a postdoctoral position in Washington state.
picture of KunyChad Kuny (Professor Robert Kalejta, Molecular Virology):  The Contribution of UL97 Viral Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Activity of HCMV Infection.  Chad has taken a postdoctoral position at the University of Texas, Austin in the Molecular Sciences Department.
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 SterkelAlana Sterkel (Prof. Bruce Klein, Medical Microbiology and Immunology and Pediatrics):  Subversion of Innate Immunity by Blastomyces dermatitdis.  Alana is doing a postdoc in the Klein Lab. 
picture of ApodacaJennifer Apodaca (Prof. Nicole Perna:  Genetics):  Evolution of the transcriptional response to oxygen limitation.  Jennifer has taken an adjunct teaching position 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 has accepted a position with the Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education (C-MORE) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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 has accepted a postdoc at Stanford University in the Welander Lab in the Department of Enviornmental Earth System Science (EEES).
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 has accepted a postdoctoral scholar position at Penn State University-Hershey.
picture of BazurtoJannell Bazurto (Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): The opposing effects of AICAR accumulation on the metabolic network surrounding thiamine synthesis. Jannell is doing a postdoc with Diana Downs at the University of Georgia.
picture of ByrneRose Byrne (Prof. Michael Cox, Biochemistry):  Defining the genetic basis of ionizing radiation resistance in Escherichia coli.  Rose has accepted a postdoc at the University of Colorado-Boulder. 
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 has taken a position with the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research at UW Madison.
picture of HedbergGina Hedberg (Prof. John Mansfield, Bacteriology): CD4+ Th Cell Specificity and Memory Responses to Variable and Conserved Variant Surface Glycoprotein Sequences in African Trypanosomiasis. Gina has taken a position at the University of Michigan as the Project Coordinator for the REBUILD program which aids in STEM teaching.
picture of HoganCliff Hogan (Prof. Amy Charkowski, Plant Pathology):  Molecular mechanisms of bacterial soft-rot on crops.  Cliff has accepted a position as a postdoc with the USDA-ARS CIPRU 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 microbiology instructor at Edgewood 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 has accepted a postdoc in the Gasch Lab in the Genetics Department at UW-Madison.
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 postdoctoral scholar at Tufts University.
picture of StarnesTaylor Starnes (Prof. Anna Huttenlocher:  Medical Microbiology and Immunology):  Cell motility in inflammatory disease pathogenesis.  Taylor has returned to Medical School to complete his program in the Medical Scholars Training Program (MSTP).
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 doing a postdoc at the University of Iowa with Alex Horswill.
picture of GourleyChristopher Gourley (Prof. Gary Spiltter, Pathobiological Sciences): Virulence Effects and Signaling Partners Modulated by a Brucella Light Sensing Histidine Kinase. Chris is doing a postdoc with Michael Konkel at Washington State University.
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 has accepted a position as project manager at PPD in Middleton, WI.
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 postdoc at the University of California-Santa Cruz in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
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 IT Customer Advocate at Monsanto.
picture of Silverman (Lambrecht)Jennifer Silverman (Lambrecht) (Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): The RidA paradigm: An endogenously generated stress and its control. Jennifer will be doing a postdoc in the Hultgren Lab at Washington University.
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 an adjunct instructor in Microbiology at Grand Valley State University.
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 has taken a postdoctoral position in the Chazin lab at Vanderbilt University.
picture of KlingeleAudrey Klingele (Prof. Michael Cox): Directed evolution of Escherichia coli reveals multiple contributions to ionizing radiation survival. Audrey has taken a postdoctoral position at Lucigen Corporation in Middleton, WI.
picture of KoenigsknechtMark Koenigsknecht (Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Defining Robustness in the Metabolic Network Surrounding Phosphoribosylamine Biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica. Mark is a research fellow at the University of Michigan in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease.
picture of KohYvonne Koh (Prof. Marvin Wickens, Biochemistry): RNA recognition by the PUF protein. Yvonne is a Scientific Officer at the BioFactory Pte. Ltd. in Singapore.
picture of McMahonMatthew McMahon (Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Accessing and Deciphering Metabolic Potential Using Heterologous Hosts. Matt is a Scientist at Metabolic Engineering at Joule Unlimited Technologies, Inc. in the Boston area.
picture of OKevin 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 chemistry teacher at Hutchison School and an adjunct professor at Dyersberg Community College.
picture of ScottJarrod Scott (Prof. Cameron Currie): The Microbial Ecology of Leaf-cutter Ant Refuse Dumps. Jarrod has taken a postdoc position at The Bigelow Labratory for Ocean Sciences in the Emerson Lab working on the ecology of microbial mats at seamount associated Fe-rich hydothermal vent systems.
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 postdoc at the University of Washington in the Harwood Lab.
picture of TietjenJoshua Tietjen (Prof. Aseem Ansari, Biochemistry): Dissecting the Complexity of the CTD Code. Josh is a Senior Data Analyst, Software Engineer at Illumina in California.
picture of TobinCrystal Tobin (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 a Biomedical Sciences Research Support Specialist at the University of Colorado-Denver.


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 Daemon Runyan Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA in Jeff F. Miller's lab.
picture of WardSarah Ward (Prof. Adel Talaat, Pathobiological Sciences), Response to Copper and the Pathogenesis of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis. Sarah has taken a postdoc position at the Rocky Mountain Labratories in Hamilton, MT.
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 did a postdoc with the Department of Dermatology at UW-Madison and is now doing a postdoc in the UW Carbone Cancer Center.
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 the microbiology manager at Pharmaceutical Speciaties, Inc. in Rochester, MN.
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 has taken a postdoc position in the Biochemistry Department at UW-Madison.
picture of BristolJillian Bristol (Prof. Shannon Kenney, Medicine and Oncology): Regulation of TNFR2 expression by EBV protein BZLF1 and cellular C/EBP. Jillian is currently doing a postdoc 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 FelnagleElizabeth Felnagle (Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): Tuberactinomycin Biosynthesis. Elizabeth is a scientist at Synthetic Genomics in La Jolla, CA.
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 currently doing a postdoc at the University of Michigan.
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 Assitant Professor at Worcester State University in the Biology Department.
picture of LemkeJustin Lemke (Professor Richard Gourse, Bacteriology): Probing Regulatory Targets of DksA/ppGpp in E. coli. Jay is currently a scientist at Pan Genome Systems, Inc. in Madison, WI.
picture of Milligan-MyhreKathy Milligan-Myhre (Prof. Laura Knoll, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of Potential Toxoplasma gondii Virulence factors. Kathy is currently a postdoc at the University of Oregon.
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 currently employed by DNASTAR in Madison, WI.
picture of RoccoChristopher Rocco (Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Propionate Metabolism and Toxicity in Bacteria. Chris is currently doing a postdoc at The Ohio State University.
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 currently a Postdoc at the University of Texas, MB.
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 currently AAAS Policy Fellow.
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 staff Scientist at MRGIGlobal.
picture of BertiAndrew Berti (Prof. Michael Thomas, Bacteriology): From Sequence to Structures: Mining Pseudomonas syringae for natural product. He is currently in Pharmacy School at UW-Madison.
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 Assistant 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. She is currently a postdoc at Stanford University.
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 has taken a position at Dow Chemical Company.
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 postdoc at the University of Oregon.
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 lieutenant in the Microbiology subdivision of the Naval Medical Service Corps (Norfolk VA).
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 CraverMary Patricia Craver (Prof. Laura Knoll, Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Isolation and Characterization of Toxoplasma gondii Bradyzoite Development Mutants. She is a faculty member at Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Co.
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 Senior Scientist at Abbott Labratories.
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 a Senior Licensing Associate at the University of Delaware.
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 Research Fellow at the National Institutes of Health in the Laboratory of Cell Biology in Bethesda, MD.  She has also served as a Microbiology Instructor at Georgetown University.
picture of HooverSpencer Hoover (Prof. Rob Striker, Medicine and Medical Mircobiology and Immunology): Repurpsing Thiopurines As Novel Antivirals. Spencer is a Scientist at Luminex Corporation in Toronto, Canada.
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 postdoctoral research associate 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 Animal Health 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 postdoc for Prof. Matthew Parsek, 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 now an Assistant 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 Assistant 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 now an Assitant Professor at Iowa Carver College of Medicine. 
picture of SettlesErik Settles (Prof. Paul Friesen, Department of Biochemistry): Flock House virus induces replication dependent apoptosis by depleting AIAP1. Erik is a staff member at Northern Arizona University.
picture of SzabadyRose Szabady (Prof. Rodney Welch, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Secreted Mucinases of Enteric Bacterial Pathogens: Modulators of Host Defense. Rose is a postdoctoral fellow in Beth McCormack's lab at the University of Massachusetts.
picture of ThorgersenMichael Thorgersen (Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): Insights into Metabolic Links between Cellular Iron and Sulfur Metabolism in Salmonella enterica. Michael is a postdoc with Prof. Adams, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 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 Field Applications Scientist at BioNano Genomics, Inc.
picture of BohseMegan Bohse (Prof. Jon Woods, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of the Yeast Phase Specific YPS3 Gene of Histoplasma capsulatum. Megan has taken a position at Epic Systems in Madison, WI, as a software consultant.
picture of BowersLisa Bowers (Prof. Marcin Filutowicz, Bacteriology): Elements of Plasmid R6K Replication Control. Lisa is now an Assistant Professor at Grinell 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 expanding her studies to pursue a medical degree at Stanford University.
picture of DagenaisTaylor Dagenais (Prof. John Mansfield, Bacteriology/ Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Processing and Presentation of Variant Surface Glycoprotein during African Trypanosomiasis. Taylor is currently working with Big Rose Web Design. 
picture of GarciaDaniel Garcia (Prof. Joseph Dillard, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Liberation of Pro-inflammatory Peptidoglycan Fragments from the Gonococcal Cell. Dan is a working with the US CDC in Guatemala directing the Zoonotic Diseases One Health Program for Central America.
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 in Philadelphia, with the UBC Envision Group.
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 assistant 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 Assistant 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 employed by a law firm in Madison.
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 an Assistant 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 Assistant Professor at the Ohio State University.
picture of SachaJonah Sacha (Prof. David Watkins, Pathology): T Cell Epitope Ontogeny in AIDS-virus Infected Cells. Jonah has accepted an assistant professor position with 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. Priscilla did a postdoc in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of California-San Diego with Prof. Amy Pasquinelli. She is now an Asst. 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 doing a residency in Pathology in the University of Michigan.
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 Scientist III at CSS Dynamac in the San Fransico Bay Area.

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. John is continued his studies as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Watkins in the Dept. of Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is now a Scientist 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 Regulatory Scientist, Assay Development for Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies.  Julie is a Regulatory Specialist at Technical Resources International, Inc. in Maryland.
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 currently an Assistant 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 a Research Associate at the University of West Florida.
picture of SchmitzGeorge Schmitz (Prof. Diana Downs, Bacteriology): A Link Between YjgF and Isoleucine Biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium. George is a postdoc with Issac Cann at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Chappaign.
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 BrownDarby Brown (Prof. Caitilyn Allen, Plant Pathology) Life in the Xylem: The Secrets of Ralstonia solanacearum Pathogenesis Revealed by in vivo Expression Technology. Darby is an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at UW-LaCrosse.
picture of BuanNicole Buan (Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Adenosylcorrinoids: Biosynthesis, Reactivation and Scavenging. Nicole is an Assistant 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 of Partnership Development at Intel STEM Center and an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University,
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 Assistant Professor of Microbiology at California State University-Sacramento.
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 Assistant 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. After working as a postdoctoral fellow for Prof. Adel Talaat at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Christine is a faculty member at Ursinus College in PA.
picture of WinterbergKelly Winterberg (Prof. William Reznikoff, Biochemistry): A Global Approach for Studying Bacterial Genomes. Kelly is a Lead Scientist for Idaho Technology.
picture of WoodsonJesse Woodson (Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): Coenzyme B12 Biosynthesis and Precursor Salvaging in Archaea. Jesse is a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.
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. first spent a few years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Welch lab, Medical Microbiology ad Immunology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is currently a senior scientist at Roche Madison Inc. in University Research Park in the RNAi group, independently confirming drug targets by application of small inhibitory RNAs complexed to various ligands and other conjugates for cellular targeting.
picture of HerringChristopher Herring (Prof. Fred Blattner, Genetics). The Introduction and Suppression of Amber Stop Codons in the Genome of Escherichia coli. Chris first took a position working with Prof. Bernhard Palsson in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California in San Diego. Recently, he started a position as a research scientist for Mascoma Corporation in Lebanon, NH. Mascoma is new startup biotech company that aims to make better organisms for producing fuel ethanol from cellulose.
picture of StaraiVincent Starai (Prof. Jorge Escalante-Semerena, Bacteriology): The Sir2-dependent Protein Acetylation/Deacetylation System of Salmonella entirica. Vinny is now an Assitant 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. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Northwestern Medical School, Chicago, IL
picture of MaldondaoErica Maldondao (Prof. Jon Woods, Medical Microbiology and Immunology): Characterization of the M Antigen of Histoplasma capsulatum: Function and Expression. Senior Life Sciences Applications Specialist, Sysmex America
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 now an Associate Professor of Biochemistry 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 ODavid 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.