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Role: Potential Undergraduate Mentor

  1. Marian Schmidt, Microbiology

    Marian Schmidt

    Climate change dramatically impacts freshwater ecosystems, which are becoming warmer, more acidic, and nutrient rich. The collective influence of the microbial inhabitants of these ecosystems, despite their tiny size, can have an immense impact on water quality. However, we lack fundamental knowledge on the ecology[...]
  2. Heather Feaga, Microbiology

    Heather Feaga

    The Feaga lab is focused on how bacteria maintain protein synthesis capacity under stress. We aim to identify factors that interact with the ribosome and prevent stalling, and to understand the impact of ribosome stalling on cell physiology. In particular, we are interested in how[...]
  3. Luis Schang, Microbiology and Immunology

    Luis Schang

    Dr. Schang uses small molecules with drug-like properties to probe the ways viruses cause infections. He is most interested in finding common features among the many viruses that cause disease in animals or humans, including how they enter cells and how they replicate and cause[...]
  4. Andrew Moeller, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

    Andrew Moeller

    We are studying the evolution of hots-microbe relationships. Our current work focuses on vertebrates’ co-evolutionary histories with microorganisms through a combination of -omics approaches, gnobiotic experiments, and field studies.
  5. Scott McArt, Entomology

    Scott McArt

    Our lab is focused on pollinator health. Specifically: Combining empirical data with network modeling to understand pathogen transmission in complex plant-pollinator networks. Evaluating the relative importance of pesticides, pathogens, and other factors on colony performance. Understanding how pesticide and pathogen stress influence bee behavior and[...]
  6. Gary Whittaker, Microbiology and Immunology

    Gary Whittaker

    My lab has a broad interest in the structure and function of viral envelope proteins, and how genomic mutations lead to changes in the envelope proteins and control viral pathogenesis. We primarily study influenza viruses of humans and animals, and coronaviruses, principally, SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV and[...]
  7. Maren Vitousek, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

    Maren Vitousek

    My lab studies how stress and social interactions alter the biological state of organisms that experience them. Much of our work uses free-living passerine birds, including tree swallows, as model systems to test the neuroendocrine, epigenetic, and gut microbial impacts of stress and social connectedness,[...]
  8. Jeongmin Song, Microbiology and Immunology

    Jeongmin Song

    The unifying themes of my ongoing research program are seeking to understand the underlying mechanisms that control the pathogenesis and disease associated with bacterial infections, as well as developing control strategies for the bacteria or its associated disease. The main focus for the past years[...]
  9. Angela Poole, Nutritional Sciences

    Angela Poole

    We are interested in understanding the interactions between nutrition, host factors, and oral and gut microbiomes and the resulting effects on host physiology. This knowledge will help us determine how we can perturb the microbiome to alleviate and prevent metabolic disorders such as obesity and[...]
  10. Teresa Pawlowska, Plant Pathoogy and Plant-Microbe Biology

    Teresa Pawlowska

    The Pawlowska lab studies the mechanisms underlying interactions between fungi and bacteria.  We are interested in both, mutualisms and antagonisms.  In mutualistic interactions, we want to discover novel mechanisms that stabilize these symbioses over evolutionary time.  In antagonisms, we explore defense mechanisms that protect fungi from bacterial[...]