People

Lindsay Kalan, PhD

Position title: Assistant Professor

Email: lkalan@wisc.edu

Phone: Office: (608) 262-6977, Laboratory: 262-6980

Researchers

Alex Cheong

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: cheong5@wisc.edu

Alex is a graduate student in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program interested in microbial community interactions. He grew up in Klang, Malaysia, and received his B.S. in Cellular, Molecular, and Integrative Biology from Beloit College, WI.

 

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Nicole Lane Starr

Position title: Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: nmlane@wisc.edu

Nicole is a Post-doc in the WiscART Training Program. She is interested in the role of microbial products in modulating the host immune response. She completed her Ph.D. in the Cellular and Molecular Pathology Training Program at UW–Madison and her BS in Microbiology at the University of Iowa.

Uyen Thy Nguyen

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: unguyen2@wisc.edu

Thy is a graduate student in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program interested in microbial interactions. She grew up in Arkansas and received her B.S. in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Dallas.

 

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Rauf Salamzade

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: salamzade@wisc.edu

Rauf is interested in evolutionary inference of factors underlying microbial community dynamics and constituent interactions. Specifically, he uses genomics to study the diversity, evolutionary trends, and spatial distribution of biosynthetic gene clusters of bacterial species commonly found in healthy skin microbiomes.

 

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Shelby Sandstrom

Position title: Research Specialist

Email: ssandstrom2@wisc.edu

Shelby is a research specialist interested in microbe-microbe and microbe-host interactions. She grew up in Minnesota and received her B.S. in Molecular Biology with a second major in Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

 

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Mary Hannah Swaney

Position title: Graduate Student

Email: mhswaney@wisc.edu

Mary Hannah is a graduate student in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program interested in the microbial ecology of the skin. She calls Pittsburgh, PA her home, and she received her B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the Pennsylvania State University.

 

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Liz Townsend

Email: liz.townsend@wisc.edu

Liz is an MD/Ph.D. student in the Microbiology Doctoral Training Program. Her primary interests include understanding the interactions between the microbiome, human immune system, and disease progression as well as improving patient outcomes. She received a B.A in Biology and Music at St. Olaf College and completed a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellowship at the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases.

 

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Undergraduate Researchers

Karinda De La Cruz

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: kfdelacruz@wisc.edu

Karinda is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology and Global Health. She is interested in medical microbiology and the interactions between a human host and their microbiome, particularly those that can be harmful. She wants to pursue a Ph.D. post-graduation.

 

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Lynda Huang

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: xqhuang2@wisc.edu

Lynda is an undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Neurobiology. She is interested in learning more about the various ways bacteria impact larger ecological scales. She hopes to pursue a career in the Dermatology field.

 

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Sherrie Wu

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Email: sywu@wisc.edu

Sherrie is an undergraduate student majoring in Molecular and Cell Biology interested in microbial interactions. She is a pre-med student, who currently wants to pursue medicine as a future career path.

 

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Kayla Xu

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Kayla is an undergraduate student majoring in microbiology. She likes to learn more about microorganisms and how they can impact society.

Lab Alumni

Natalie Kielley

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Heaven Kim

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Isabelle Ludwikoski

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Stephanie Metzger

Position title: Postdoctoral Researcher

Amanda Nelsen

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

Shane Roesemann

Position title: Graduate Student

Mackinnley Rybolt

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher

JoJo Sardina

Position title: Associate Research Specialist

Hanxiao Wan

Position title: Undergraduate Researcher