Former Lab Members

Michelle Williams, PhD
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Hometown: Kansas City, MO
Project: Investigating cell elongation machinery in Agrobacterium tumefaciens.
Michelle Says: “Science is … discovering something new and sharing it with the world!”
Career Goal: To become a professor
Current position: Postdoc in Marie Elliot’s lab at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario studying exploratory growth in Streptomyces.
Check it out: A blog about graduate school, by graduate students for graduate students. This website always makes me laugh.

Wanda Figueroa-Cuilan, PhD

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Hometown: Arroyo, Puerto Rico
Project: Studying the mechanisms underlying cell separation in A. tumefaciens.
Current position: Postdoc in Erin Goley’s Lab at Johns Hopkins University.
Check it out: I like to see, hear, and read about science.  Click on the links to see some of my favorite science news sites.

Hedieh Attai, PhD

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Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Project: Studying bacteriophages that infect Agrobacterium
Current position: Postdoc in the Center for Innovative Phage Applications and Therapeutics at the University of California, San Diego

Matt Howell, PhD

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Sullivan, MO
Project: Studying the role of Fts proteins in cell division of Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Current position: Assistant professor at Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

Sue Ann Flores, MA

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Project: Role of the Min system in the regulation of cell division in A. tumefaciens.
Current position: Researcher at Argonne National Labs

Jeremy Daniel, Lab Guru
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Hometown: Pawhuska, Oklahoma
Project: Exploring the mechanisms of polar growth of Agrobacterium tumefaciens.  And various other things around the lab, including but not limited to; all things molecular biology related, microscopy, fluorescent proteins and dyes, general lab tech support, patience and the art of laboratory equipment maintenance….
Fun Facts: My wife and I, along with our two dogs, live in the sleepy little town of Fayette, MO.  Fayette has one traffic light (it only flashes red), a small university (CMU), and Emmet’s Kitchen and Tap.

Helen Blaine, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Boulder, CO
Project: Investigating the role of the endolysin Phage Peptidoglycan Hydrolase in cause lysis of Alphaproteobacteria and E. coli
Current position: Graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis..

Rebecca Piccolo, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Springfield, MO.
Project: The Min system contributes to constriction placement in Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Current position: Clinical lab scientist program in Kansas City, MO.

.Caroline Dunn, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Houston, MO
Project: Investigating cell division machinery in A. tumefaciens
Current position: Graduate student at Indiana University in Dan Kearn’s Lab..

Kenya Phillips, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Project: Isolating bacteriophages that infect Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Current position: Lab technician at Missouri Baptist Medical Center

..Colleen Kennedy, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Project: Characterizing the effects of beta-lactam antibiotics on cell growth in Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Current position: Researcher at Washington University

.Courtney Buchanan, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
Project: To isolate and characterize bacteriophage that can infect Agrobacterium tumefaciens
Current position: Nurse at Children’s Mercy Hospital

Jeanette Rimbey, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Lee’s Summit, MO
Project: Isolating and characterizing bacteriophage that can infect A. tumefaciens
Current position: Graduate Student at Texas Tech University

.Ryan Koch, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Manchester, MO
Project: I am studying the polar organizing protein PopZ and its role in the growth of Agrobacterium tumefaciens using a yeast-two hybrid system, which screens for protein-protein interactions.
Current position: Research assistant at Columbia VA Medical Center

Aliyah Sulaiman, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Project: I am developing quantitative assays to help validate novel approaches to complementation and depletion of genes of interest
Current Position: Quality Control Associate at Boehringer Ingelheim

Anjaleque Bragg, Undergraduate Researcher

HometownDallas, TX
: Can predatory bacteria help clear industrially relevant biofilms? Let’s find out…

.Caleb Bussard, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Billings, MO
Project: What is the role of LD-transpeptidation in A. tumefaciens?

.Sharad Gami, Undergraduate Researcher

Hometown: Waynesville, MO
Project: Screening mutants for cell wall defect using an embedded agarose assay.