Graduate Students

Heather Blankenship

Heather is a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics studying genetic and phenotypic variation in Shiga toxin-producing E. coli. Heather has also been working on a joint project involving the genomics of foodborne pathogens at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Zoe Hansen

Zoe is a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program at MSU. Her work involves characterizing the intestinal microbiome and resistome in patients with and without enteric infections.

Cole McCutcheon

Cole is a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and is co-mentored by Dr. Margaret Petroff. His project focuses on characterizing mechanisms of pathogenesis in group B Streptococcus and classifying host responses to infection using mouse models.

Brian Nohomovich, M.S.

Brian is a D.O./Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. His project involves characterizing intestinal viral communities in humans with and without enteric infections, and isolating protective bacteriophages that can enteric pathogens.

Macy Pell

Macy is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Her projects involve identifying novel mechanisms of pathogenesis by group B Streptococcus and characterizing probiotic effects of Lactobacillus.

Jose Rodrigues

Jose is a D.O./Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. He is studying antibiotic resistance, epidemiology and genomics of Campylobacter jejuni.

Megan Shiroda, M.S.

Megan is a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She studies how Lactobacillus spp. affect Group B Streptococcus attachment to the placental membranes and pathogenesis.