Current Lab Members

Pam Brown, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
Joint Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology

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Hometown: Portsmouth, RI
Project: Living the dream as an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences since Sept. 2012. I spend my work days thinking about science, writing proposals, answering emails, teaching, mentoring, attending seminars and more…
About Me: Avid reader and frequent farmer’s market shopper.  I’m a former UCONN Husky, UGA Bulldog, IU Hoosiers and now a MU Tiger! I am a Mom of two boys and a girl.


Amelia Randich, Postdoctoral Researcher

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Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Research Interests: Evolution of bacterial morphology and growth modes. Currently working splitting time between studying cell growth in Agrobacterium and prostheca growth in various and diverse alphaproteobacteria.
Fun Fact: I’m more well-known online for my art than my science! Also, I can eat over 12 pierogi in a single sitting.


Chris Richards, Lab Manager

Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
Project: Keeping the lab tidy and consumables stocked
Fun Fact: I was an extra in one of the Hobbit movies


.Brody Aubry, Doctoral Graduate Student

Hometown: Imperial, MO
Project: Characterization of divisome proteins in Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
About me: I love starting new hobbies and projects. My current hobbies include D&D and miniature painting. My old projects span from creating a side-scroller game to creating terrariums. 


Gustavo Santiago-Collazo, Doctoral Graduate Student

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Hometown: Coamo, Puerto Rico
Project: Characterization of divisome proteins in Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
About me: I love baseball, my favorite teams are the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. I love my hometown and the Caribbean lifestyle.
Fun fact: I have watched over 350 films.


Jacob Bouchier, Doctoral Graduate Student

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Hometown: Bloomington, MN
Project: Investigating cell elongation machinery in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. 
Fun Facts: My side job in college was selling mini donuts at various fairs across the country. Also, I love the original Jurassic Park movie and have an original movie poster from 1993 with signatures from 14 cast members, Steven Spielberg, and John Williams.


Jennifer Amstutz, Doctoral Graduate Student

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Hometown: Arnold, MO
Project: Exploring the roles of L,D-transpeptidases in growth and division in Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
Fun Facts: I am an avid pop culture trivia connoisseur, if you need an extra player I’m ready for any trivia night.


Andrew Yowell, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Project: Characterization of active endopeptidases in Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Career Goal: To become a dentist
Fun Facts: I play soccer, my favorite team is FC Barcelona, and I am a cryptocurrency enthusiast.

Delanie Vinzant, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Iowa City, IA
Project: Characterization of FzlC in Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Career Goal: Help developing countries implement effective public health policies
Fun Facts: I am double-majoring in biology and economic, I collect Converse shoes, and I am a Mizzou Stamps Scholar! Check out my latest Stamps blog here: https://honors.missouri.edu/service-stamps-and-spring-at-mizzou/ 

Damian, Anna, Brendan, and Jade Brown, Junior Investigators  

Hometown: Columbia, MO
Projects: Helping to keep Pam sane by bringing some smiles into each day, being cute, growing and learning
Fun Facts: Damian loves swimming, soccer, dinosaurs, and math. Brendan has an extensive vehicle collection and loves to be outside. Anna loves puppies and recently learned to tell a knock-knock joke.