Downs Lab

Lab Alumni

Postdocs

Jeff Boyd
Postdoctoral Research Associate, 2005-2009
Assistant Professor
Microbiology
Rutgers Univ., NJ
Dustin Ernst
Postdoctoral Research Associate 
UC San Diego - Center for Circadian Biology
Susan Golden lab 
(2017 - Present)

Graduate Students

Jannell Bazurto
PhD, 2007-2013; Postdoctoral research associate, 2013-2015
Assistant Professor
DEPARTMENT - TBD
Univ. of Minnesota, MN
(2018-present)
jbazurto@gmail.com
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
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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
Kelsey Hodge-Hanson
PhD, 2012-2017
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Visick Laboratory
Loyola University, Chicago IL
(2018-present)
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
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


Visiting Scientists

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Undergraduates

Kristen Farley
Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2013-2015
PhD Student
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign 
Lab of William Metcalf
2016-present
krfarle2@illinois.edu
Mat Vross
MD, 2006-2008

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Diana Downs, PhD
Professor of Microbiology

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dmdowns@uga.edu