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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 prominent 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.

Current Microbiology Graduate Students

Student

NetID

Lab/Research Interest

Myfanwy Adams

MCA82

Josh Chappie

Fatimah Alghanmin

FSA29

Nicholas Buchon

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.

Anthony Bui

AQB3

Josh Chappie

Eun Jin Choi

EC759

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 Cross

TSC85

Tobias Doerr

Peter Diebold

PD378

Ilana Brito-Antibiotic resistance and horizontal gene transfer in the gut microbiome.

Rachael Fieweger

RAF277

Brian VanderVen

Bixi He

BH527

John Helmann

Stacey Heaver

SLH292

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

Kathryn Herr

KLH276

Tory Hendry

Shan-Chi Hsieh

SH2427

Joe Peters

Hye-Rim Hong

HH654

Ailong Ke

Elliot Jackson

EWJ34

Ian Hewson

Luana Johnston

LJ279

Currently on Rotation (Year 1)

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.

Andrew Murtha

ANM247

Currently on Rotation (Year 1)

Chloe Murrell

CMM569

Currently on Rotation (Year 1)

Manuela Obando

MA2229

Currently on Rotation (Year 1)

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.

Azul Pinochet Barros

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

Ian Hewson

Emma Roszkowski

EKR44

Brian VanderVen

Vivianna Sanchez

VAS75

Tory Hendry

Gabe Schuler

GS683

Ailong Ke

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

John Helmann

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.

Emily Wollmuth

EMW247

Esther Angert

Hao Zhou

HZ242

Ilana Brito