Primate Behavior & Microbiology
Mauna is a 2nd* year in the Archie lab, where she studies how the gut microbiome influences host behavior and development (and vice versa) in baboons. When not working on baboons, she likes to write about gibbons, eat like a gibbon, climb like a gibbon, or talk to kids about gibbons.
Matt is a 2nd year PhD student in the Tank lab studying the impact of conservation practices on stream water quality. Matt is an avid gardener, and enjoys keeping track of the current weather.
Kate is a first-year PhD student who has a background in aquatic invertebrate ecology, and she particularly digs chironomids. Kate’s interest and dissertation is centered on Utah’s Great Salt Lake, where she is interested in quantifying patterns of aquatic invertebrate diversity in impounded wetlands and understanding brine fly larvae population dynamics. When she’s not in the lab, she enjoys kickboxing, running, and philosophical writing.
Primate Behavior & Microbiology
Ben (G-Bash to his friends) is a first year PhD student in the Hollocher lab studying macaque diets. He enjoys food, monkeys, and other hobbies.
Aquatic Microbial Ecology
Brittni is a 1st year in the Jones Lab studying how microbial communities influence the structure and function of freshwater lakes. Interests include coffee, cats, and carbon. Strong aversion to clowns, climate change, and alliteration.
Felicity is a country lovin' girl from Nashville, TN. If she's not having a mini dance party in the basement of Galvin, she can be found baking or attempting to find a coffee shop with live music that can compare to her "hipster" hometown.
Stem Cell Biology
Amanda’s interests include craft beer, ballroom dance, and complicated board games. Her research focuses on using stem cells and reprogramming to understand blood development and disease. When not in lab, she can often be found at dance practice or at home with her two cats (especially if it’s after 10:00 pm). Feel free to let her know if you have any ideas for fun social activities!
Status:3rd* year in the Hollocher Lab.
Research: falls under the ecology & evolution focus in the ND Biological Sciences, incorporates bioinformatic methods to find environmental effects on genomic variation.
Fun (?): graphic design, eagle cam, twitter
Microbiology & Biochemistry
Pancho is a 3rd year PhD student in the lab of Dr. Shaun Lee, studying the design of antimicrobial petides. He used to be in a mariachi band, and he loves doing improv.
Infectious Disease Modeling & Disease Ecology
Rachel is a 2nd year PhD student in Alex Perkins' lab using mathematical models to look at environmental and human drivers of vector-borne disease outbreaks and emergence. When she's not trouble shooting code, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends.
Microbiology, Rare Genetic Disease
Stefan is a 5th year student in the Lee Lab, studying modified microbial peptides made by a bacterium on human skin as well as how genetic mutations lead to rare disease in humans. He enjoys woodworking, cross-country skiing, and board games, and will be welcoming a daughter into his family soon.
Bacterial Pathogenesis and Competition
Professor Lee studies the production and function of antimicrobials and human toxins produced by bacteria, with a special focus on Group A Streptococcus. Click here to learn more about his lab and research.