Graduate Students

Heather Blankenship
Heather Blankenship

I am a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics studying genetic and phenotypic variation in Shiga toxin-producing E. coli

selheime@msu.edu

Cole McCutcheon
Cole McCutcheon

I am a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and I am co-mentored by Dr. Manning and Dr. Margaret Petroff.

My project focuses on characterizing mechanisms of pathogenesis in group B Streptococcus and classifying host responses to infection in vivo using mouse models.

mccutc18@msu.edu

Sanjana Mukherjee, M.S.
Sanjana Mukherjee, M.S.

I am a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

My project involves characterization antibiotic resistant strains of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli and non-typhoidal Salmonella recovered from patients and cattle in Michigan.

mukher43@msu.edu

Brian Nohomovich, M.S.
Brian Nohomovich, M.S.

I am a D.O./Ph.D. student.

My project involves characterizing intestinal viral communities in humans with and without enteric infections, and to classify protective bacteriophages that are capable of killing enteric pathogens.

nohomovi@msu.edu

Jose Rodrigues
Jose Rodrigues

I am a D.O./Ph.D. student.

I am studying antibiotic resistance profiles and epidemiology of the important foodborne pathogen, Campylobacter jejuni.

rodri651@msu.edu

Megan Shiroda, M.S.
Megan Shiroda, M.S.

I am a Ph.D. student in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

I study how beneficial members of the microbiome affect Group B Streptococcus attachment to the placental membranes and impact virulence gene expression.

shirodam@msu.edu