Lab Personnel

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Diana Downs

Professor
dmdowns@uga.edu

Editor in Chief, Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews
Postdoctoral research, 1988-1991, Paul Ludden, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
PhD, 1987, John Roth, University of Utah, UT
BS, 1981, University of Utah, UT

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Jannell Bazurto

Postdoctoral research associate
bazurto@uga.edu

Curriculum Vitae

PhD, 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
BS, 2003, Florida Atlantic University, FL

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Dustin Ernst

Graduate student
dcernst@uga.edu

BA, 2007, University of San Diego, CA

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Kelsey Hodge-Hanson

Graduate student
khodge@uga.edu

Curriculum Vitae

BS, 2012, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

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Andrew Borchert

Graduate student
aborch@uga.edu

Curriculum Vitae


BS, 2013, University of Minnesota, MN
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Michael Paxhia

Graduate student
mpaxhia@uga.edu

BS, 2013, Michigan State University, MI
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Jessica Irons

Graduate student
jli30944@uga.edu

BS, 2012, Warren Wilson College, NC
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Kristen Farley

Undergraduate student
farleykr@uga.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Downs Lab Alumni

Brian Beck

PhD, 1994-1999

Research Scientist
ATCC, Manassas, VA

Ben Bice

MS, 2007-2008

Research Specialist, Mario Capecchi
Human Genetics
Univ. of Utah, UT

Jeff Boyd

Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2005-2009

Assistant Professor
Microbiology
Rutgers Univ., NJ

Beth Ann Browne

PhD, 2003-2008

Senior Microbiologist
DOW Chemicals, IL

Todd Christian

MS, 1995-1997

Melissa Christopherson

PhD, 2005-2011

Postdoctoral research associate, Garret Suen
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
(2011-2014)

Microbiology instructor
Edgewood College, WI
(Fall semester 2013)

Faculty Associate
Bacteriology
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
(2014-present) 

Michael Dougherty

PhD, 2000-2006

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Frances Arnold
California Institute of Technology, CA
(2006-2009)

Postdoctoral Research Associate (NIH fellow)
Joint Bioenergy Institute, CA
(2009-present)

Deanna Downs

MS, 2008-2009

MD
Medical College of Wisconsin, WI
(2009-2013)

Resident
St. John’s Hospital, MN
(2013-present)

Jodi Enos-Berlage

PhD, 1993-1998

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Diana Downs
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI  
(1998-1998)

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Linda McCarter
Microbiology
Univ. of Iowa, IA
(1998-2000)

Professor
Luther College, IA

Fernando Febres

MS, 1993-1995

Jeffrey Flynn

PhD, 2010-2013

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Ryan Hunter
Univ. of Minnesota, MN
(2013-present)

Michael Frodyma

PhD, 1994-1998

Senior Scientist
Novozymes Biologicals, VA

Jeff Gralnick

PhD, 1998-2003

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dianne Newman
California Institute of Technology, CA
(2003-2006)

Associate Professor
Microbiology & BioTechnology Institute
Univ. of Minnesota, MN

Jenny Gross

MS, 2003-2005

Mark Koenigsknecht

PhD, 2006-2011

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Vincent Young
Microbiology & Immunology
Univ. of Michigan, MI
(2011-present)

Kathy Krasny (Claas)

MS, 1997-1998

Research Specialist, Jade Wang
Bacteriology
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI 

Dacia Leon

MS, 2008-2009

Research associate, Adam Arkin
Energy Bioscience Institute
Univ. of California-Berkeley, CA
(2009-2013)  

PhD candidate
Univ. of Texas-Austin, TX
(2013-present)

Christina Martin

MS, 2001-2003

Research Specialist
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Cecilia Martinez-Gomez

PhD, 2002-2009

Postdoctoral research associate, Mary Lidstrom
Microbiology
Univ. of Washington, WA
(2009-present)

Lauren Palmer

PhD, 2009-2014

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Eric Skaar
Pathology, Microbiology, & Immunology
Vanderbilt Univ., TN
(2014-present)

Leslie Petersen

MS, 1994-1996

Itzel Ramos-Solis

PhD, 2000-2006

Postdoctoral research associate, Dianne Newman
Massachusetts Institute of Technology  
(2006-2008)

Metabolic Engineering Scientist
LS9, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
 

Matt Robers

MS, 1999-2001

Scientist
Invitrogen, Madison, WI

Aileen Rubio

PhD, 1995-2002

Research Scientist
Cubist Pharmaceuticals
Lexington, MA

George Schmitz

PhD, 2000-2006

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Postdoctoral research associate
Energy BioScience Institute
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL

Jennifer Silverman (Lambrecht)

PhD, 2009-2012

Postdoctoral research associate, Scott Hultgren
Molecular Microbiology
Washington Univ., MO
(2013-present)

Elizabeth Skovran

PhD, 1998-2005

Postdoctoral research associate (NIH fellow), Mary Lidstrom
Microbiology
Univ. of Washington
(2005-2012)

Assistant Professor
Biology
San Jose State Univ., CA

Jamie Sondelski

MS, 2005-2006

Physician’s Assistant
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI

Michael Thorgersen

PhD, 2003-2008

Postdoctoral research associate, Mike Adams
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA
(2008-present)

Malissa Thumkeo

MS, 2011-2012

Mat Vross

MD, 2006-2008

Eric Webb

PhD, 1995-1999

Associate Scientist
Biology
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA
(2001-2006)

Associate Professor
Biological Sciences
Univ. of Southern California, CA

Shara Weber (Allen)

MS, 1999-2001

Julie Zilles

PhD, 1994-1999

Postdoctoral research associate, Daniel Noguera
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
(1999-2002)

Research Assistant Professor
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IL