Jenn (PennVet class of ‘20) spent the summer of 2017 in the lab as a NIH-BI research fellow. She was the first person in the lab to begin using our Biomeme platform for portable QPCR detection of veterinary pathogens. Working with our colleagues at the Pennsylvania Diagnostic Lab Services (PADLS) at our large animal hospital, she optimized portable assays for important avian disease, including infectious bronchitis virus (IBV) and Mycobacterium gallinarium and septicum (Mg/Ms).
Elaine joined the lab as a visiting faculty member from Universidade de São Paulo in 2017. Over the course of about 7 months, Elaine set-up our slow-turning lateral vessel (STLV) bioreactor for creating a 3D culture system that would allow us to model host-bacterial interactions in vitro. She then used cultures generated in these STLVs to optimize immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy assays to study intestinal ‘organotypic’ cultures. When she wasn’t working on this project, Elaine also made important contributions to advancing our shotgun metagenomics work, contributing to this publication.
Sam spent the Spring semester of his senior year in our lab as part of her final project for the BIO376 course. During this time, Sam worked closely with another undergraduate in the lab to analyze the microbiome in pregnant sows. Although his time in the lab was relatively brief, he made important contributions to our study that described the impact of parity (pregnancy history) on the microbiome. After graduating from UPenn in 2017, Sam took a job at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), where studies the the impact of the microbiome on cancer immunotherapy. Sam hopes to pursue a graduate degree in bioinformatics.
Lydia spent the Spring semester of her senior year in our lab as part of her final project for the BIO376 course. During this time, Lyida worked closely with another undergraduate to analyze the microbiome in pregnant sows. Although her time in the lab was relatively brief, she made important contributions to our study that described the impact of parity (pregnancy history) on the microbiome. After graduating from UPenn in 2017, Lydia began working as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Division of Gastroenterology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Grace was a lab manager from 2015 to 2016, and she was instrumental in coordinating and organizing our stool biobank as several critical studies were gaining momentum in the lab. She left our lab to start veterinary school at Virginia Tech.
Kevin joined our lab in 2016 as a Vet student (Class of ‘19). Over the course of about 2 years, Kevin worked in the lab on some of our early veterinary microbiome work, and he was instrumental in enabling us to collect, organize and process samples for our canine IBD study and our sow pregnancy study, both of which he is a co-author on. Kevin is completing his veterinary pathology residency at the Royal Veterinary College in London.