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FoMS is a student-run organization that seeks to build a strong sense of community for members of the Cornell Field of Microbiology. We host activities and events like:

  • Seminars featuring preeminant speakers
  • Interdisciplinary workshops
  • Social events and more!

MISSION STATEMENT

We know that life as a graduate student can be very demanding and stressful. In this light, we seek to promote and celebrate scientific thought and development throughout the field of microbiology. Through these efforts, we hope to provide a social platform where students feel supported by our community.

      MICROBIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS

 

Student

NetID

Lab/Research Interest

Myfanwy Adams

MCA82

Josh Chappie

Francine Arroyo

FA257

Esther Angert

My research focuses on the evolution of the large intestinal bacterial symbiont, Epulopisicium, and its interaction with its surgeonfish host

Samuel Barnett

SEB369

Daniel Buckley

My research uses DNA stable isotope probing along with high throughput 16S and metagenome sequencing to examine the role of microbial communities in soil carbon cycling.

Kalia Bistolas

KSB97

Ian Hewson

My research aims to characterize the viral consortia (nanobiome) associated with marine and lacustrine members of three major arthropod groups — amphipods, copepods, and isopods — and determine the ability of these viruses to mediate the biogeochemistry of their hosts. 

Anthony Bui

AQB3

Current Lab Rotation: Matthew DeLisa

Eun Jin Choi

EC759

Jeongmin Song

I am studying Salmonella typhi, which causes ~200 million annual deaths in the world. My research goal is determining the function of PltA, which is one of the subunits of typhoid toxin, a virulence factor of S. typhi.

Alberto Correa

AR2585

Joe Peters

Alexa Cohn

ARC326

Martin Wiedmann

Trevor Corss

TSC85

Tobias Doerr

Peter Diebold

PD378

Ilana Brito

Antibiotic resistance and horizontal gene transfer in the gut microbiome.

Rachel Fieweger

RAF277

Brian VanderVen

Bixi He

BH527

Current Lab Rotation: John Helmann

Stacey Heaver

SLH292

Ruth Ley

Shingolipid-dependent interactions between gut bacteria and their human hosts.

Kathryn Herr

KLH276

Current Lab Rotation: Ilana Brito

Lory Henderson

LOH9

Martin Wiedmann

I am interested in how different environmental conditions affect bacterial physiology in ways that impact their transmission to human hosts and their ability to cause disease. My research focuses on determining the mechanism by which the positive regulatory factor A (PrfA) and SigB interact to regulate expression of prfA and other functions related to Listeria monocytogenes transmission.

Shan-Chi Hsieh

SH2427

Joe Peters

Hye-Rim Hong

HH654

Current Lab Rotation John Helmann

Elliot Jackson

EWJ34

Ian Hewson

Javier Jaimes Olaya

JAJ46

Gary Whittaker

My research focuses on the understanding of the Coronavirus entry processes into the cell. In particular, I’m assessing the role of the cellular proteases in the cleavage of the Spike protein of Feline Coronaviruses (FCoV) and the use of protease inhibitors as a possible therapeutic strategy. I’m also studying the genetic and protein changes that can alter the tropism in FCoV.

Jingqiu Liao

JL3374

Martin Wiedmann

My current research focuses on understanding the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms that shape the biogeographic pattern of foodborne pathogens, chiefly Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica, using genomic and molecular tools.

 

Sean Murphy

SJM389

Daniel Buckley

Shannon Murphy

SGM87

Tobias Doerr

Cell wall degrading enzymes allow bacteria to properly grow and maintain cell shape. I am researching endopeptidase function and regulation in Vibrio cholerae to uncover potential strategies for targeting the cell wall with antibiotics.

Aravind Natarajan

 

AN393

Matthew DeLisa

Design and engineering of protein glycosylation pathways in bacteria.

Vaidehi Patel

VBP22

John Helmann

My research focuses on understanding role of Bacillus subtilis ECF sigma factor M in beta-lactam resistance

Michael Petassi

MTP56

Joe Peters

I study transposons and other mobile genetic elements that facilitate horizontal gene transfer between diverse species of bacteria. These elements play an important role in the evolution of new pathogens, especially in regards to the spread of antibiotic resistance genes.

Vienvilay Phandanouvong Lozano

VP246

Anthony Hay

Azul Pinochet Varros

VAP48

John Helmann

We study metal ion homeostasis in Bacillus subtilis, with a special focus on iron. We want to better understand how proper intracellular iron levels are maintained and the mechanisms of iron toxicity. We are also looking into the interactions between the iron and manganese systems in the cell. 

Imperio Real Ramirez

IR245

Tory Hendry

Jordan Rede

JER364

Current Lab Rotation: Ilana Brito

Daniel Rojas Tapias

DFR47

John Helmann

My research focuses on the role of the extracytoplasmic sigma factors SigM and SigW, and the transcription factor Spx in the response to cell wall stress (CWER) of Bacillus subtilis. By using molecular biology tools, our ultimate goal is to unravel the genetic networks that accompany the CEWR in B. subtilis to provide a better understanding of how bacteria adapt to the presence of cell wall antibiotics.  

Emma Roszkowski

EKR44

Current Lab Rotation: Jeongmin Song

Vivianna Sanchez

VAS75

Current Lab Rotation: Esther Angert

Gabe Schuler

GS683

Current Lab Rotation: Tory Hendy

Samantha Scott

SAS646

Pamela Chang

My research focuses on the impact and mechanism of action of various microbially produced metabolites on the intestinal barrier function both in vitro and in vivo

Caroline Steingard

CHS233

Current Lab Rotation Tory Hendry

May Taw

MNT29

Matthew DeLisa

My work focuses on engineering the twin-arginine translocation (Tat) pathway of Escherichia coli for the enhanced export of heterologous proteins by directed co-evolution. By doing so, we hope to isolate Tat mutants that can be used to enhance protein production in this host and provide insight on the poorly understood Tat transport mechanism.

Monique Theriault

MET238

David Russell

Host-directed therapy for treatment against tuberculosis.

Andrew St. James

ARS395

Ruth Richardson

My research interest is the application of multi-omic analyses to study the ecology and physiology of sulfate reducing bacteria in methanogenic habitats.

Anna Weaver

AIW26

Tobias Doerr

Bacteria must remodel and regenerate their cell wall to successfully divide. I am using Vibrio cholerae as a model organism to investigate the role of lytic transglycosylases in this essential process.

Hao Zhou

HZ285

Ilana Brito