PhD, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University, 2012
I am a microbiologist who has moved from the world of intracellular pathogens to intracellular beneficial endosymbionts. Currently, my goal is to decipher some of the mechanisms that drive the integration of insects and thier endosymbionts to probe the origin of organelles. (Really what I do is paint potatoes and farm mealybugs.)
PhD, Microbiology, University of Würzburg, 2016
I am a microbiologist who has become quite fascinated with symbiont-host interactions. My major research interests are mechanisms of endosymbiont tolerance and control within insect hosts and endosymbiont transmission. Currently, I am working on establishing various genetic techniques to study the unusual tripartite nested endosymbiosis in mealybugs.
BS, Biology, University of Iowa
As a research scientist with a background in mammalian systems, I’m a little more in tune with the host’s perspective in the symbiotic systems we study in the lab. I’m excited to learn more about bacterial endosymbiont biology and the complex interplay all sides of the partnership. I’m currently working on localizing expression of proteins shared in the pathways of symbiotic systems.
BS, Neuroscience, University of Southern California
MS, Geology, University of Delaware
I am a microbiologist and bioinformatician interested in using genomics to better understand the weird and the wacky of the microbial world. Currently working to elucidate the genomic adaptations of mealybugs and their endo-endosymbiotic partners.
Stephanie Ray Weldon
NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017
Current position: Science Editor, Journal of Visual Experiments
MS in 2017, OBEE program
Current position: Research technician in Brandon Cooper's lab at UM.