Averi McFarland

My research focuses on protein interactions, structure-function, and dynamics necessary for cell wall synthesis in the pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae. Fun Fact: I had a dislocated clavicle for 5 months that was repositioned using a cadaver ligament. I have yet to break a bone though. Degree Program: Microbiology Lab: Winkler Undergrad Institution: Idaho State University

Max Osterberg

My research focuses on exploring metal-dependent responses in bacteria such as Acinetobacter baumannii and discover their role regarding survival within vertebrate hosts. Fun Fact: I like playing guitar and drawing. Degree Program: Chemistry Lab: Giedroc Undergrad Institution: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Morgan Nyman

My research focuses on developing and understanding cancer therapeutics that specifically target diseased tissue inhibiting one-carbon metabolism, and more specifically purine synthesis pathway, within the cell. Fun Fact: I am a big fan of Jurassic Park. Degree Program: Chemistry Lab: Dann Undergrad Institution: Gannon University

Jordon Winn

My research focuses on understanding the complex dynamics between molecular motors and how their proper coordination plays into microtubule instability and spindle organization. Fun Fact: I love music and can play 5 instruments. Degree Program: Genome, Cell and Developmental Biology Lab: Walczak Undergrad Institution: Northwest Missouri State University

Jessie Gudorf

My research focuses on the synthesis of a small molecule library to aid in computational modeling for drug design. Fun Fact: I love dogs. Degree Program: Chemistry Lab: VanNieuwenhze Undergrad Institution: University of Southern Indiana

Emily Erdmann

My research focuses on the role of ADARs (Adenosine Deaminases that Act on RNA) and Adenosine-to-Inosine RNA editing in the germline of C. elegans. Fun Fact: I love cooking and baking. Degree Program: Biology Lab: Hundley Undergrad Institution: Illinois Wesleyan University

Brigham Pope

My research focuses on creating optical traps inside microfluidic devices and using them for bio-particle trapping, sorting, and directing. We hypothesize that we can create these optical traps using extraordinary optical transmission (EOT) through subwavelength apertures in a metal film. Fun Fact: I love to cook for my wife and daughter. It’s like chemistry I […]

Ria Kidner

My research focuses on cell signaling mechanisms in the unicellular protozoan Capsaspora owczarzaki and its link to the parasitic disease schistosomiasis. Fun Fact: I love rock hounding and lapidary. Degree Program: Chemistry Lab: Gerdt Undergrad Institution: New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Kristen Alanis

My research focuses on understanding and mimicking cellular communication through ion channels. Fun Fact: I have run two half marathons. Degree Program: Chemistry Lab: Baker Undergrad Institution: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Abigail Garrett

My research focuses on the intersection of metabolism and cell wall synthesis in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Fun Fact: I have climbed Mt. Fuji and have danced for 20+ years. Degree Program: Microbiology Lab: Winkler Undergrad Institution: Bucknell University