Research Associate: Dr. MaryAnn Martin. My current research focuses on how Wolbachia pipientis infects and is transmitted by its host, the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster.
Research Associate: Dr. Melissa Phelps. My current research focuses on understanding the function of type IV effectors of Wolbachia.
Postdoctoral Fellow: Dr. Jon Massey. I am interested in the molecular basis of host-microbe interactions, with a focus on the function of Fic proteins in the symbiotic relationship between Wolbachia and Drosophila.
Audrey Parish:Graduate Student. I am interested in the role microbes play in developmental plasticity. Particularly the effects of the microbiome on honey bee health and development, as the queen and worker castes develop from genetically identical larvae but rearing conditions alone modulate the phenotypic switch. @AudParish
Delaney Miller: Graduate Student. For nearly 300 million years insects have been engaged in a co-evolutionary arms race with entomopathogenic fungi. How microbial symbionts in insect hosts respond to this selective pressure is of great interest to me. By coupling in vitro and in vivo approaches, I try to elucidate the mechanisms underlying symbiont-pathogen interactions and their impact on host fitness. Currently I am studying how members of the honey bee microbial community interact with fungal pathogens. @helikalebacter | https://delaney-l-miller.weebly.com/
Will Hamilton: Graduate Student. My research interest is in effectors secreted by Wolbachia and how these effectors interact with and modulate host cell function. Of particular interest are the Ankyrin repeat proteins and how they interact with Drosophila as a host.
- Danny W. Rice: Research Associate
- Lindsay Nevalainen: Graduate Student
|Lab Alumni||Current position|
|Melissa Blunck||Office of the Provost for Undergrad Research @IU|
|Dr. Freddy Lee||Invaio Sciences|
|Dr. Kayla Miller||Dakota Wesleyan University|
|Lucas Henry||Princeton University|
|Rachel Niemiec||University of Chicago|
|Kaeli Bryant||Vanderbilt University|
|Dr. Eric Smith||CoreBiome|
|Dr. Amelia Lindsey||University of Minnesota|
|Dr. Tamanash Bhattacharya||Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center|