08.01.19 Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes

Summer has flown by! Lots of changes and things to clink glasses to around here…

  • The lab had our first annual retreat in Sonoma

  • New research tech Sebastian Flores started and is chromato-gramming up a storm

  • Kristine was awarded the iMicro fellowship for 2019-2020

  • Our newly minted PhD Candidate Fauna was selected as a HHMI Gilliam Fellow

  • Calla Martyn has joined the lab to apply her bioinformatics wizardry to study tick-microbe interactions

  • Seemay was named a Pew Biomedical Scholar and dyed her hair (unrelated)

  • And today we bid farewell to our beloved Summer Research Training Program student Eleanor Wang, aka resident lysis assay expert and Kombucha taster-in-chief.

We will miss you Eleanor!!!

We will miss you Eleanor!!!

California life is hard

California life is hard


Kristine (aka K-Trotta, @kristine_trotta) is rocking it this year! Not only did she pass her quals but she was also awarded the Microbial Pathogenesis and Host Defense (MPHD) Fellowship and named a UCSF Discovery Fellow. This is all on top of being a great mentor to other students in the classroom and in the lab. Here she is today (hoping her PI will stop taking pictures) right before giving a fantastic talk at the MPHD Seminar Series about the role of bacterial cell wall heterogeneity in intermicrobial interactions. We are excited to see what K-Trotta does next!


04.09.2018 Lots of updates!

First, we are happy to announce that Fauna Yarza will be joining our group as our first BMS graduate student! Ady and Manuela wrapped up their rotations in the lab with a lot of new, exciting data and passed their batons onto two new rotation students in the lab, Gabi and Jenna. We also submitted our first lab pre-print found here, which reports a field study of internal microbes found in ticks. Finally, Seemay was recently selected as Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator and a Johnson & Johnson WiSTEM2D Scholar!