Lab Alumni

Kala Downey
Kathryn Judy
Natalie Stocks
Teofil Nakov
Postdoctoral researcher

Teo worked on comparative genomics and species diversification in diatoms.

Colton Kessenich
Graduate Student

Colton used transcriptome data to help tease apart the origin of diatom life history traits. He completed his M.S. in May 2014 and moved to St. Louis to work as a bioinformatician in industry.

Anastasiia Pendergrass
Graduate Student

Anastasiia was a Fulbright Scholar from Ukraine who completed a Master's degree through a Fulbright Scholarship. She worked on the evolution of non-photosynthetic diatoms. She began a PhD program in Plant and Microbial Biosynthesis at Washington University in 2019.

Annie Dickens
Undergraduate Student

Annie estimated the frequency of sexual reproduction in Stephanodiscus niagarae in Lake Fayetteville by tracking changes in cell-size over time. Annie graduated with honors in May 2016 and took a gap year before heading off to medical school.

Wilson Guillory
Undergraduate Student

Wilson graduated with Honors in May 2017 and moved to Carbondale, Illinois, to work on a Master's degree in EEB. Wilson's project on mitochondrial genome evolution in diatoms was published in Genome Biology and Evolution.

Jeric Harper
Research technician

Jeric was the lead technician on a project to increase the number and diversity of diatoms that can be genetically transformed. He finished in January 2017 and now works as a microbiologist in industry.

Jacob Harris
Undergraduate Student

Jake graduated with Honors in May 2017 and moved to New York City to get a Master's degree in biotechnology at NYU.

Kiley Jones
Undergraduate Student

Discostella asterocostata. She graduated in May 2015 and started medical school at UAMS in August 2015.

Yufei Li
Undergraduate Student

For her Honors research, Yufei carried out a large-scale experiment on salinity tolerance across a broad diversity of diatoms. She graduated with honors in December 2016 and went to culinary school.

Samantha Linard
Undergraduate Student

Samantha graduated Summa Cum Laude in May 2016 and went on to medical school at the University of Missouri. Samantha's project describing the plastid genome of the diatom, Toxarium undulatum, was published in Current Genetics.

Jonathan Mishler
Undergraduate Student

Jonathan worked primarily with Joseph Herzog's lab the in Physics Department. His research used mathematical modeling to explore the photoic properties of diatom frustules. He published an article based on his thesis work. He graduated in May 2015 and moved to Bethesda.

Kameila Nedd
Undergraduate Student

Kameila documented the diatom flora of her native Grenada. She was the first, but hopefully not last, student from beautiful Grenada! Kameila graduated in May 2016.

Katy Rose
Undergraduate Student

Katy studied different ways to cryopreserve diatom cultures. She graduated in May 2019 and started medical school at UAMS in Fall 2019.

Rachel Ungar
Undergraduate Student

Rachel studied long-term associations between bacteria and diatoms. She graduated in May 2018 and entered Stanford University's PhD program in Genetics in August 2018.

Katjana Wiederkehr
Undergraduate Student

Katjana graduated with honors in May 2020 and moved to New York, NY, to start an MPH program in Epidemiology at Columbia University.