Current Students

 

Monisha Alla
1st year PhD student

 

 Advisor: Rey Carabeo, PhD
Education: MS, Vellore Institute of Technology, India

Blake Bertrand
4th year PhD student

Advisor: Tammy Kielian, PhD
Research: Host-pathogen interactions during staphylococcus aureus prosthetic joint infection
Education: BS, Saint Louis University, MO 

Logan Bulock

Logan Bulock
7th year PhD student

Advisor: Ken Bayles, PhD
Research:Characterizing metabolic heterogeneity within S. aureus biofilms
Education: BA, Augustana College, SD

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Kathryn Cole
4th year PhD student

Advisor: James Talmadge, PhD
Research: Adoptive cellular therapy
Education: BS, Bellevue University, NE

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Srijanee Das    
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Howard Gendelman, MD
Co-Advisor: Benson Edagwa, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BS/MS, St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata, India

Elizabeth DelMain
6th year PhD student

Advisor: Ken Bayles, PhD
Research Area:Regulation and expression of virulence genes in Staphylococcus aureus
Education: BS, University of Saint Thomas, MN

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Linsey Donner 
7th year PhD student

Advisor: W. Scott Campbell, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: MPH, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE
 

 Amanda Fernandes
1st year MS student

Advisor: Santhi Gorantla, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: B.tech., Manipal Institute of Technology, India

 

Tessa Firestone
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Caroline Ng, PhD
Research: Cell stress responses and Artemisinin resistance in the malarial parasite Plasmodium falciparum.
Education: BS, University of Pittsburgh, PA

 

Francis Fontanilla
2nd year PhD student

Advisor: Rey Carabeo, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: MS, University of Philippines

Valerie Fousek-Schuller
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Xu Luo, PhD
Research: Investigation of molecular mechanisms in cell death and survival in cancer cells
Education: BS, Wayne State College, NE

Dylan George
2nd year PhD student

Advisor: Michael Wiley, PhD
Co-Advisor: M. Jana Broadhurst, MD, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BS, Peru State College, NE

Benjamin Girardo
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Marilynn Larson, PhD
Research:Characterization of the Stress Response in Francisella tularensis
Education: BS, Northern Arizona University, AZ

  Robin Gomez
1st year PhD student

Advisor: Rotating
Education: BS, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

(photo coming soon)  Nicole Haen
1st year PhD student

Advisor: Rotating
Education: BS, Creighton University, NE

Nathan Hatch
5th year PhD student

Advisor: Scot Ouellette, PhD
Research: Chlamydial microbiology: metabolism and gene regulation 
Education: BS, Wayne State College, NE

Emily Heaton
2nd year MS student

Advisor: Stacey D. Gilk, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BS, Peru State College, NE

Melissa Holzapfel 
4th year MS student

Advisor:  Geoffrey Talmon, MD
Research: Microvillus Inclusion Disease
Education: BS, University of Nebraska - Omaha

Christopher Horn
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Tammy Kielian, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: MS, University of Nebraska - Omaha

 

Aaron Jensen 
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Scot Ouellette, PhD
Research: Proteomic turnover in the context of chlamydial developmental cycle progression
Education: BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Samuel Johnson
6th year PhD student

Advisor: Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Research Area:The gut-brain axis and persistent viral reservoir in HIV pathogenesis
Education: BS, Kansas State University, KS

Lisa Jorgenson
6th year PhD student

Advisor: Elizabeth Rucks, PhD
Research: Host-pathogen interactions between Chlamydia trachomatis and eukaryotic cells.
Education: BS from University of South Dakota, SD

Brigham Killips
2nd year PhD student

Advisor: Stacey D. Gilk, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BS, University of Kansas

Elizabeth Klug
2nd year MS student

Advisor:  Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Haley Knowles
1st year PhD student

Advisor: Rotating
Education: BS, Saint Andrews University, NC

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Jian Li
5th year PhD student

Advisor: Xu Luo, PhD
Research: Apoptosis in colorectal cancer
Education: BM, Tongji University, People's Republic of China

Edward Makarov
5th year MS student

Advisor: Santhi Gorantla, PhD
Co-Advisor: Larisa Poluektova, MD, PhD
Research: Zika Virus pathogenesis in Humanized mice & HIV-1 in the newly developed IL34 mice
Education: BS, University of Nebraska - Omaha

Caitlin Molczyk
3rd year PhD student
MD/PhD Scholars Program

Advisor: Rakesh Singh, PhD
Research: Pancreatic cancer microenvironment with focus on chemotherapy resistance
Education: BS, Wayne State College, NE

 

M. Jane Morwitzer
5th year PhD student

Advisor: St. Patrick Reid, PhD
Research: Ebola virus-host protein interactions
Education: BS, University of Nebraska - Kearney

 

Molly Muehlebach
1st year PhD student
 

Advisor: Tammy Kielian, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BS, Benedictine College, KS

Omalla (Allan) Olwenyi
5th year PhD student

Advisor: Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Co-Advisor: Courtney Fletcher, PharmD
Research: Chronic Immune Activation, HIV/SIV persistence and the Cure: Immunological Mechanisms Associated with Latency
Education: MS, Makerere University, Uganda

 

Opeoluwa Oyewole
5th year PhD student

Advisor: St. Patrick Reid, PhD
Research: Understanding the role of SphK2 in Chikungunya Virus infection; investigating viral-induced arthritis using multiple-culture models.
Education: MS, The University of Tulsa, OK
  Kabita Pandey
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Siddappa Byrareddy, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: MS, South Dakota State University

 

Itidal Reslane
2nd year PhD Student

Advisor: Paul D. Fey, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: MS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, NE

  Matthew Romero
5th year PhD student

Advisor: Rey Carabeo, PhD
Research: Molecular Pathogenesis
Education: MS, Microbiology, Texas Tech University

  Enakshi Roy
4th year PhD student

Advisor: St. Patrick Reid, PhD
Research:  TBD
Education: MS, University of Calcutta, India.

Ramia Salloom
2nd year MS student

Advisor: Maher Abdalla, PhD
Research: Non Thesis Program
Education: BS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

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Thomas Schulze
4th year PhD student

Advisor: Paul Davis, PhD 
Research: TBD
Education: MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

Zachary Scott
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Prabagaran (Praba) Narayanasamy, PhD
Research: investigating the mechanisms of action of gallium-based antibiotics
Education: MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

 

Ryan Singh
5th year PhD student

 Advisor: Vinai C. Thomas, PhD
Research Area: physiological significance of bacterial NOS in Staphylococci
Education: BS, University of Chicago, IL

Amanda Stastny
4th year PhD student

Advisor: Rey Carabeo, PhD
Research: Iron Acquisition and Regulation by Chlamydia trachomatis
Education: BS, University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Natalie Sturd
2nd year PhD student
MD/PhD Scholars Program

Advisor: Elizabeth Rucks, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BA, Carleton College, MN 

Reegan Sturgeon
1st year MS student

Advisor: Rakesh Singh, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BS, University of Dubuque, IA

Zachary Van Roy
1st year PhD student
MD/PhD Scholars Program

Advisor: Tammy Kielian, PhD
Research: The association between metabolism and epigenetics during S. aureus craniotomy infection
Education: BS, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Catherine Vornholt
4th year PhD student

Advisor: Paul D. Fey, PhD
Research: TBD
Education: BA, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI. 

Alexander Wallick
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Paul Davis, PhD
Research: Drug discovery in Toxoplasma gondii
Education: BA, University of Nebraska-Omaha

  Rosalie Warner
2nd year PhD student

Advisor: Scot Ouellette, PhD
Education: MS, University of Nebraska-Omaha

  Ray Widner
3rd year PhD student

Advisor: Elizabeth Rucks, PhD
Research: The Effect of Eukaryotic SNARE Proteins on Chlamydia trachomatis Lipid Content
Education: BS, South Dakota State University, SD

Nicholas Wood
4th year PhD student

Advisor: Scot Ouellette, PhD
Research: Proteomic turnover in the context of chlamydial developmental cycle progression
Education: BS, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

Kimberly Ziegenhorn
2nd year MS student

Advisor: Rakesh Singh, PhD
Research: Non Thesis Program
Education: BS, Xavier University, OH