People

Meet Our Lab!

Matt Anderson

Project:

Working to support trainees and scientists in their own creative pursuits in the lab and often forgetting to bring a lunch.

Position:

Principal Investigator

Degree:

University of Wisconsin – Madison (B.S.) Genetics
Stanford University (Ph.D.) Genetics

Hobbies:

Reading, skateboarding, snowboarding, beading (poorly)

Paula Sundstrom

Project:

Candida albicans commensal and pathogenic states. Experimental evolution, genomics, bioinformatics and murine animal models

Position:

Adjunct Professor

Degree:
Pomona College (B..A)
University of Washington – Seattle (Ph.D.)

Hobbies:

Bioinformatics, nutrition, resistance training, podcasts (science and health), stoic philosophy and promoting early childhood education in science and music for friends

RADx Tribal Data Repository

Sakiah Perez Rivera

Project:

RADx Tribal Data Repository: Data for Indigenous Implementations, Interventions, and Innovations (D4I)

Position:

Research Program Coordinator

Degree:

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse (B.S.) Biology, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (Minor)

Hobbies:

Reading, spending time with family and friends, and cuddling her two dogs

Dan Rosenberg

Project:

RADx Tribal Data Repository: Data for Indigenous Implementations, Interventions, and Innovations (D4I)

Position:

Data Center Coordinator

Degree:

University of Wisconsin—Parkside (B.S.) Management Information Systems

Hobbies:

Repairing arcade and pinball machines, making music on synthesizers, and playing video games

Gene Families

Shane Hendricks

Project:

Identifying function of individual TLO gene paralogs by reintegration into a tlo null mutant

Position:

Lab Manager

Degree:

The Ohio State University (B.S.) Microbiology

Hobbies:

Playing video games with friends and family

Zinnat Shahina

Project:

Identifying function of individual TLO gene paralogs with a special emphasis on gamma group genes

Position:

Postdoctoral Researcher

Degree:

University of Chittagong, Bangladesh (B.S./M.S.) Microbiology
University of Regina, Canada (Ph.D.) Biochemistry

Emily Simonton

Project:

Functional redundancy among paralogs of the TLO expanded gene family

Position:

Graduate Student Microbiology Doctoral Training Program

Degree:
Capital University (B.A.) Biology, (Minor) Criminology

The Ohio State University (M.S.) Microbiology

Hobbies:

Reading fantasy books, drinking good tea, snuggling with their two cats, and getting brunch & catching a movie with friends

Nayeli Cangelosi

Project:

Phenotypic characterization of TLO deletion mutants

Position:

Undergraduate Student

Degree:

University of Wisconsin – Madison (major – Genetics and Genomics)

Hobbies:

Spending time with family and friends, cooking and baking, and also dancing

 

Microbiome

Audra Crouch

Project:

Studying the eukaryome in Native American populations and potential links to rheumatoid arthritis

Position:

Graduate Student

Degree:

University of Lynchburg (B.S.) Biomedical Science, (Minor) Music Performance

Hobbies:

Gardening, reading, photography, and hiking with my doglets/hunny bunny

Justin Billy

Project:

Evaluating any correlation between non-bacterial specimens and the microbiome of individuals identified with RA.

Position:

Research Specialist

Degree:

University of Arizona (B.S.) Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (M.S.) Microbiology

Hobbies:

Hiking, videogames, painting, photography, and writing poetry

Tammy Armbrust

Project:

Wastewater surveillance for infectious agents in partnership with a Northern Plains tribe

Position:

Research Specialist

Degree:

North Carolina State University (B.S.) Biological Sciences, Genetics (Minor)
North Carolina State University (M.S.) Animal Science

Hobbies:

Horseback riding and concert going

Genetic Variation

Abhishek Mishra

Project:

Pathogenesis in C. albicans using quantitative genetics, transcriptional networking, and experimental evolution

Position:

Postdoctoral Researcher

Degree:

IISER Pune, India (Integrated B.S./M.S.) Biology
IISER Pune, India (Ph.D.) Biology

Hobbies:

Cooking, traveling, watching movies, and playing cricket

 

 

Siobhan Dietz

Project:

Strain diversity and the commensal-pathogen spectrum in C. albicans

Position:

Graduate Student, Cellular & Molecular Pathology

Degree:

Smith College (B.A.) Biochemistry

Hobbies:

Spending time with friends, playing board games, and doing trivia

Andrew Woodruff

Project:

The function of SIR2 in defining Candida albicans cell state

Position:

Graduate Student

Degree:

Miami University (B.S.) Microbiology, (Minor) Molecular Biology

Hobbies:

Reading comedic fantasy novels, playing games with his friends, and doting on his cat named Sushi

Harold Windsor

Project:

Construction of a proteomic map of Candida albicans

Position:

Undergraduate Student

Degree:
University of Wisconsin – Madison (major – Genetics and Genomics)

Hobbies:

Reading, hiking, sailing, and camping

Lab alumni

Postdoctoral researchers

  • Shahed Uddin Ahmed Shazib (2022-2023), current position: postdoc at Purdue

 

Graduate students

  • Matt Dunn (PhD, 2017-2021), current position: sales at Avantor
  • Bobby Fillinger (PhD, 2017-2023), current position: informatician at Van Andel Institute
  •  Dale Lingo (2022-2023), current: graduate student at Ohio State

 

Technicians

  • Mason Clark (2016-2017), current position: PhD program at UT-Austin
  • Pam Washington (2017-2018), current position: Dentist in practice
  • Joshua Wang (2017-2018), current position: MD/PhD program at NYU
  • Leah Anderson (2018-2020), current position: PhD program at University of Washington
  • Anna Mackey (2020-2022), current position: PhD program at Duke University
  • Mandy Joers (2021)

 

Undergraduate students

  • Laine Monsey (2016-2018)
  • Griffin Kinney (2017-2019)
  • Molly Rambeau (2019-2022)
  • Shruti Gupta (2019-2021)
  • Chloe Elliott (2021-2023)
  • Mehruk Sofi (2022-2023)
  •  Julia Riegler (2022-2023)

 

Summer students

  • Delanie Baker (2017)
  • Cameron Ramos (2018)
  • Abigail Ali (2022)
  • Maria Gabriela Cunha Lemos dos Santos (2022)
  • Sierra Rowe (2023)