Former Lab Members


 

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

Elke Allers

Elke Allers, Scientist
eallers@email.arizona.edu

Elke arrived in January 2009 from the Max Planck Institute in Germany where her PhD thesis work centered upon using fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to identify particular marine microbial groups, and evaluate their physiological responses to experimental manipulations. Her TMPL research interests are in furthering FISH towards the high-throughput exploration of novel microbial lineages and phage-host interactions in marine systems.


Karin Holmfeldt

Karin Holmfeldt, Research Scientist
Kalmar University, Sweden
k.holmfeldt@gmail.com

As a post-doc at TMPL from July 2010 to June 2012, Karin developed a new environmental model system (her PhD Cellulophaga phage-host system) through genome sequencing, virion structural proteomics of representative isolates, and experimental hypothesis testing.

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Li Deng

Li Deng, Scientist
Institute of Groundwater Ecology
Helmholtz Zentrum München German Research Center for Environment and Health
li.deng@helmholtz-muenchen.de

As a post-doc at TMPL from October 2008 to August 2011, Li focused on three projects: (1) Synechococcus cyanophage population genomics along the Monterey Bay Line67 transect, (2) freshwater cyanophage comparative genomics, and (3) flow cytometry "viral tagging".

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Melissa Duhaime

Melissa Duhaime, Research Scientist
Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Michigan
duhaimem@umich.edu

As a post-doc at TMPL from May 2010 to November 2011, Melissa worked on model phage-host systems (Cyanosiphophage P-SS2, Pseudoalteromonas phages) and phage RAST, as well as the delopment of the linker amplification method. Melissa sailed with the Tara Oceans Expedition during March of 2011.

Duhaime Lab at the University of Michigan
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GRADUATE STUDENTS

Bonnie Hurwitz

Bonnie Hurwitz, Program Director
Health Informatics at Arizona Health Sciences Center at UA
bhurwitz@email.arizona.edu

As a PhD student from September 2009 to November 2012, Bonnie applied her extensive informatic and databasing experience to TMPL's large-scale informatics problems. Her thesis focused broadly on "Pacific Ocean viruses" making use of large, highly contextualized metagenomic datasets from from Scripps Pier, Monterey Bay line67, and LineP, but incorporated significant informatic tool development as well as revealing novel biological insight into the sunlit and dark oceans.



 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Ryan Schenck

Ryan Schenck, Undergraduate Researcher

Ryan joined TMPL in January 2011 to assist with the outreach biotech class at Tucson High Magnet School and stayed on as an undergraduate researcher. Ryan has driven data acquisition for the Tara Oceans expedition quantitative transmission electron microscopy (TEM) methods development for studying ocean viral community morphology characteristics under the guidance of Dr. Jennifer Brum.

Kevin Ma

Kevin Ma (aka. Shun-Chieh Ma), Undergraduate Researcher

Kevin is a senior Biology major. He joined TMPL in February 2013 after working in the Whiteman lab (UA EEB lab) and is currently assisting Ann Gregory with generating a quantitative host-range comparing 150 cyanophages against 21 cyanobacterial hosts. He hopes to learn more about marine phage research.

Shelley Littin

Shelley Littin, Undergraduate Researcher

Shelley is a senior, honors Organismal Biology major. She joined TMPL in February 2012 and is currently assisting Ann Gregory with generating a quantitative host-range comparing 150 cyanophages against 21 cyanobacterial hosts. She hopes to contribute to the growing wealth of knowledge about the dynamic and vital roles phages play in shaping marine microbial diversity, our atmosphere and our environment.

Lorena Piña

Lorena Piña, Undergraduate Researcher

Lorena is a freshman, honors Psychology major. She joined TMPL in February 2013 and is currently assisting Ann Gregory with generating a quantitative host-range comparing 150 cyanophages against 21 cyanobacterial hosts. She hopes to gain laboratory skills and research experience.

Elizabeth Fernandez

Elizabeth Grace Fernandez, Undergraduate Researcher

Elizabeth is a freshman and dual Molecular & Cellular Biology and Neuroscience major. She joined TMPL in February 2013 and is currently assisting Ann Gregory with generating a quantitative host-range comparing 150 cyanophages against 21 cyanobacterial hosts. She hopes to gain valuable experience and knowledge through this experience.

Matt Knatz, bioinformatics

Jarl Haggerty, computational science


 

STAFF

Becky Nankivell

Becky Nankivell, Outreach Coordinator

Becky joined us in late May 2010 from another microbiology lab in EEB. She oversaw the public face and outreach projects of the lab, including managing the web site(s) and working on developing oceans exhibits at Biosphere 2. She also assisted with information managment and other administration in the lab.


Erica Beneze, Research Technician

Amanda Borens, bioinformatics


 

GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Vineet Modi, information management

Pavithra Viswanathan, information management


 

GRADUATE ROTATION STUDENTS

Jennifer Hughes, (Hackett Lab)

Parris Humphreys, (Whiteman Lab)

Jeremy Jonas, (Nachman Lab)


 

HIGH SCHOOL RESEARCHER

Nancy Freitas

Nancy joined TMPL as a junior in high school in January 2010. She worked with Dr. Deng on examining the morphology, genetic and genomic diversity of Synechococcus cyanophages isolated from the Monterey Bay line67 transect.


 

MIDDLE SCHOOL OCEANS OUTREACH

Victoria Milani