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Abdulelah Alqarzaee
4th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Vinai Chittezham Thomas, Ph.D.
Research: Regulation of stationary phase cell death in Staphylococcus aureus
Education: M.S., Quinnipiac University, CT

Mohammad Awaji

Mohammad Awaji
4th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Rakesh Singh, Ph.D.
Research: Immunobiology of the tumor microenvironment in pancreatic cancer
Education: MS, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Pathology and Microbiology 

Maggie Bartlett 
3rd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, Ph.D.
Research:Characterizing the Egyptian Fruit Bat (Rousettus aegyptiacus) anti-viral response to Marburg virus infection in comparison to primates using immunomics
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska - Omaha

Blake Bertrand
1st year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Rotating
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., Saint Louis University, MO 

Logan Bulock

Logan Bulock
5th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Ken Bayles, Ph.D.
Research:Characterizing metabolic heterogeneity within S. aureus biofilms
Education: B.A., Augustana College, SD

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Kathryn Cole
2nd year M.S student

Advisor: James Talmadge, Ph.D.
Research: N/A
Education: B.S., Bellevue University, NE

Elizabeth DelMain
3rd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Ken Bayles, Ph.D.
Research Area:Regulation and expression of virulence genes in Staphylococcus aureus
Education: B.S., University of Saint Thomas, MN

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Linsey Donner 
5th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: W. Scott Campbell, Ph.D.
Research: TBD
Education: M.P.H., University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)
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Jennifer Endres
3rd year M.S. student

Advisor: Ken Bayles, Ph.D.
Research Area: TBD
Education: B.S., Iowa State University, IA

Joel Frandsen
5th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Prabagaran (Praba) Narayanasamy, Ph.D.
Research Area: glyoxylate cycle in neuroscience
Education: B.A., Morningside College, Sioux City, IA

Benjamin Girardo
1st year M.S. student

Advisor: Marilynn Larson, Ph.D.
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., Northern Arizona University, AZ

 

Nathan Hatch
2nd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Scot Ouellette, Ph.D.
Research: Chlamydial microbiology: metabolism and gene regulation 
Education: B.S., Wayne State College, NE

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Tayla Heavican
 4th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Javeed Iqbal, Ph.D.
Research Area: Gene Expression in T-Cell Lymphoma
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska-Omaha

Jonathan (Yoni) Herskovitz
2nd year Ph.D. student
M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program

Advisor: Howard Gendelman, M.D.
Research: HIV: latency and gene therapy in macrophages
Education: B.S., University of California, Los Angeles

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5th year Ph.D. student
      

Advisor: Xu Luo, Ph.D.
Research Area: Cell death
Education: B.M., Shandong University, People's Republic of China

Melissa Holzapfel 
1st year M.S. student

Advisor:  Geoffrey Talmon, M.D.
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska - Omaha

 

Samuel Johnson
3rd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Siddappa Byrareddy, Ph.D.
Research Area:The gut-brain axis and persistent viral reservoir in HIV pathogenesis
Education: B.S., Kansas State University, KS

Lisa Jorgenson
3rd year Ph.D. student

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

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Jian Li
2nd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Xu Luo, Ph.D.
Research: Apoptosis in colorectal cancer
Education: B.M., Tongji University, People's Republic of China

Stephen Luebker
3rd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Scott Koepsell, M.D., Ph.D.
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Edward Makarov
2nd year M.S. student

Advisor: Santhi Gorantla, Ph.D.
Co-Advisor: Larisa Poluektova, M.D., Ph.D.
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska - Omaha

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Matthew Martens
2nd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Paul Davis, Ph.D.
Research: parasitology, focusing on drug development and mechanistic studies in Toxoplasma gondii.
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska - Omaha

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M. Jane Morwitzer
2nd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: St. Patrick Reid, Ph.D.
Research: Ebola virus-host protein interactions
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska - Kearney

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Insha Mushtaq
4th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Hamid Band, M.D., Ph.D.
Research: Role of endocytic traffic regulators EHD1/2 and their interacting partners in ErbB2 receptor tyrosine kinase traffic and oncogenic function in breast cancer
Education: M.S., University of Kashmir, India

Macy Olson
4th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Elizabeth Rucks, Ph.D.
Co-Advisor: Scot Ouellette, Ph.D.
Research: Chlamydia trachomatis host-pathogen interactome
Education: M.S., University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, WI

Omalla (Allan) Olwenyi
3rd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Siddappa Byrareddy, Ph.D.
Co-Advisor: Courtney Fletcher, Pharm.D.
Research: Chronic Immune Activation, HIV/SIV persistence and the Cure: Immunological Mechanisms Associated with Latency
Education: M.S., Makerere University, Uganda

 

Opeoluwa Oyewole
2nd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: St. Patrick Reid, Ph.D.
Research: Understanding the role of SphK2 in Chikungunya Virus infection; investigating viral-induced arthritis using multiple-culture models.
Education: M.S., The University of Tulsa, OK
Itidal Reslane
1st year M.S. student

Advisor: TBD
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., Lebanese International University, Lebanon

Melissa Rosenthal
1st year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Rotating
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., University of New Mexico, NM

Paroma Roy  
4th year Ph.D. student 

Advisor: Paul Fey, Ph.D.
Research Area: Functional analysis of Aap cleavage by Staphylococcus epidermidis proteases
Education: M.S., St. Xaviers College, India

Austin Sanford 
2nd year Ph.D. student 

Advisor: Paul Davis, Ph.D. 
Research: TBD
Educaton: B.S., University of Nebraska - Omaha

 

Thomas Schulze
2nd year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Ken Bayles, Ph.D.
Research Area: TBD
Education: M.S., University of Nebraska-Omaha

 

Ryan Singh
2nd year Ph.D. student

 Advisor: Vinai C. Thomas, Ph.D.
Research Area: physiological significance of bacterial NOS in Staphylococci
Education: B.S., University of Chicago, IL

Amanda Stastny
1st year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Rotating
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska at Lincoln

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Seth Stauffer
5th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Jixing Dong, Ph.D.
Research Area: Regulation of Ampkα in mitosis & the Hippo pathway in cancer
Education: B.S., University of Nebraska-Omaha

Tian Tian Tian Tian
5th year Ph.D. student     
Advisor: Kai Fu, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Area: Lymphoma
Education: M.S., Shandong University, People's Republic of China
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2nd year M.S. student

Advisor: Rakesh Singh, Ph.D.
Research: TBD
Education: M.S., Jamia Hamdard University, New Delhi, India

Wang Cheng Wang
5th year Ph.D. student
  

Advisor: Kai Fu, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Area: Lymphoma
Education: M.S., Shandong University, People's Republic of China

Nicholas Wood
1st year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Scot Ouellette, Ph.D.
Research: TBD
Education: B.S., University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD

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Lingyun Wu
5th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Rakesh Singh, Ph.D.
Research Area: Breast cancer micro-environment, how neutrophils facilitating breast cancer therapy resistance and progression
Education: M.E. (Engineering), Northeast Forestry University, People's Republic of China

Kelsey Yamada
3rd year Ph.D. student
M.D./Ph.D. Scholars Program

Advisor: Tammy Kielian, Ph.D.
Research Area: Studying the immune response to S. aureus in orthopedic infections.
Education: B.S., Creighton University, NE

Yu Jiayu Yu 
5th year Ph.D. student         

Advisor: Javeed Iqbal, Ph.D.
Research Area: Classification of PTCL-NOS T cell lymphoma on gene expression profiling
Education: M.S., Peking University, People's Republic of China

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6th year Ph.D. student
Advisor: Kai Fu, MD., Ph.D.
Research: Aggressive B cell lymphoma
Education B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University, People's Republic of China 

Chunyi Zhou
5th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Paul Fey, Ph.D.
Research Area: Functional analysis of arginine metabolism in Staphylococcus aureus
Education: B.M., Xinxiang Medical University, People's Republic of China

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Jiuli Zhou
4th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Jixin Dong, Ph.D.
Research: Hippo pathway and cancer research
Education: B.M.S., Tongji University, China

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Yongji Zeng
4th year Ph.D. student

Advisor: Jixin Dong, Ph.D.
Research: Hippo signaling and Cancer
Education: M.M.S., Shandong University, China