Current lab members:

John McCutcheon, PI

Associate Professor, University of Montana


BS, Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin, 1996
MS, Human Genetics, University of Utah, 2000
PhD, Computational Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, 2006
PERT Postdoctoral Fellow with Nancy Moran, University of Arizona, 2006-2010


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Piotr Łukasik

Postdoctoral Fellow

MS, Biology, Jagiellonian University, Poland, 2006
PhD, Zoology, University of Oxford, UK, 2011

Academic interests: the role of symbiotic microorganisms in the ecology and evolution of insects.




DeAnna Bublitz

Postdoctoral Fellow
PhD, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Stony Brook University, 2012


I am a microbiologist who has moved from the world of intracellular pathogens to intracellular endosymbionts. I am fascinated with the interactions between prokaryotes and their host eukaryotes, whether they be mutually beneficial or not. Currently, my goal is to decipher some of the mechanisms that drive the integration of insects and their endosymbionts.


Maria Kupper

Postdoctoral Fellow
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.


Matt Campbell

Fifth year graduate student
OBEE PhD Program

BA, Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology, Vanderbilt University

I'm broadly interested in molecular evolution and genomics, and the ways in which evolution can be detected in sequences of DNA. I study some very strange cicadas that harbor some very strange bacteria, which will hopefully help us better understand the evolution of bacterial endosymbionts, including those we now know as mitochondria and chloroplasts.

Mariah Meyer

BS, University of Montana, Cell and Molecular Biology


Mariah is the our lab manager and a senior technician.







Lab Alumni:

Amanda Brown

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013


Current position: Assistant Professor at Texas Tech University.







Toby Spribille

Postdoctoral Fellow, 2012-2017


Current position: Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta








Stephanie Ray Weldon

NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, 2015-2017



Current position: Science Editor, Journal of Visual Experiments






JT Van Leuven

PhD in 2015, CMMB PhD Program, Microbial Ecology option


Current position: Postdoc at the University of Idaho.







Filip Husnik

PhD in 2017, joint with the University of South Bohemia


Current position: Postdoc at the University of British Columbia.







Dan Vanderpool

PhD in 2018, CMMB PhD Program, Microbial Ecology option


Current position: Postdoc at Indiana University







Tim Wheeler

MS in 2017, OBEE program


Current position: Research technician in Brandon Cooper's lab at UM.







Kaitlin Carey

BS, Biochemistry, University of Montana










Kelly Nelson

BS, Microbiology and Human Biological Sciences, University of Montana


Current position: Medical Laboratory Scientist, Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital, Denver





Caitlin Bolender

BS, Cell and Molecular Biology and Human Biological Sciences, University of Montana


Current position: Medical School, University of Washington.







Mark Buckner

BS, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Montana










Collaborators:

Pamela Bjorkman

Centennial Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering,
California Institute of Technology









Victoria Orphan

James Irvine Professor of Environmental Science and Geobiology,
California Institute of Technology









Laura Ross

NERC independent research fellow, Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh


Research Interests: Understanding why reproduction is so variable across life.






Chris Simon

Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, U. Connecticut


Research Interests: Phylogenetics, evolution, biodiversity, biogeography, cicada systematics.






Claudio Veloso

Professor, Departamento de Ciencias Ecológicas, U. Chile


Research Interests: Physiological ecology of insects.







Blake Wiedenheft

Assistant Professor, Montana State University