Personnel

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Stephanie Shames, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

CURRENT MEMBERS

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Tshegofatso Ngwaga

Ph.D. Candidate

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Ashley Joseph

Ph.D. Candidate

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Lenny Legionella

Lab Mascot/Muse

PAST MEMBERS

Deepika Chauhan, Ph.D, Postdoc Fellow (March 2019- April 2022). Deepika's work in the lab led to the novel discovery that the Legionella pneumophila metaeffector MesI promotes bacterial virulence by regulating the effector SidI intrabacterially!  Her work has been posted as a preprint and has been submitted for publication. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Ganta lab at the KSU Vet School.  Good luck and stay in touch, Deepika! 

Andrew Haskell, B.A., Medical Microbiology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (Spring 2022) Class of 2022. Andrew was with us to earn BIOL698 research credit and in this short time helped with collecting data for a manuscript submission!  In the future, Andrew plans to attend medical school.  Good luck and keep in touch!

Lilly Mick, B.S., Microbiology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (Summer 2021-Spring 2022) Class of 2022. During her time in the lab, Lilly help discern whether host protein targets of bacterial effectors localized to the Legionella containing vacuole. Lilly plans to earn her PhD in Pharmacology & Toxicology.  Keep in touch,  Lilly!

Ben Hulsing, B.S., Microbiology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2018-Spring 2021) Class of 2021. Ben's research was focused on whether Legionella effectors that augment host immunity are able to restrict other bacterial pathogens. His work also contributed to defining the interaction between LegC4 and its host binding partners. Ben is off to complete his MS in Microbiology at the University of Michigan.  Keep in touch, Ben!

Emily Gibson, B.S., Biology, Kansas State Univerisyt. Undergradaute Researcher (Summer 2018-Spring 2021), Class of 2021. Emily's research involved understadning how Sorghum polyphenols and Legionella effectors influence Listeria monocytogenes intracellular replication. She is planning to attend P.A. school in the near future.  Keep in touch, Emily!

Adrienne Pohl, B.S, Microbiology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2018-Fall 2020) Class of  2021.  Adrienne's research involved undertanding how effectors and metaeffectors interact with each other. She is an author on our Infection and Immunity paper on SidI and MesI. Adrienne is interested in pursuing her Ph.D. in neuroscience.  Keep in touch, Adrienne!

 

Abigail Salberg, B.S., Biology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (Spring, 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020) Class of 2021. Abigail's research has gotten us closer to understanding how the Legionella pneumophila effector LegC4 attenuates bacterial replication in cytokine-activated macrophages and she will be a co-author on an upcoming publication! Abigail is currently completing her senior year at KSU. Keep in touch!
 

Aubrey Gilchrist, B.S., Microbiology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (May 2019-Dec 2019) Class of 2020.  Aubrey's research revealed that sorghum bran polyphenols can restrict Legionella pneumophila intracellular replication in mouse macrophages!  Her first-author paper has been published in FEMS Microbiology Letters!!

 

TJ Ball, B.S., Biology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (Jan 2018-May 2019) Class of 2020.  TJ's research involved defining molecular mechanisms of Legionella effectors function. He achieved a lot in the lab and his work has earned him authorship on a manuscript in preparation. He was the recipient of a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship and plans to pursue medical school after graduation.

 

Alex Hydock, B.S., Biology, Kansas State University. Undergraduate Researcher (Oct 2017-Jan 2019) Class of 2020. Alex's research project involved investigating mechanisms of L. pneumophila effector-triggered immunity for which he earned authorship on the lab's first publication in the Journal of Bacteriology!  He was the recipient of a College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Scholarship, a Kansas-INBRE Semester Scholar Award and a Most Promising Student award from the Division of Biology!  Alex is currently in at KUMC earning his M.D.  Keep in touch, Alex!

 

Shraddha Shrestha, M.S., Research Assistant (Dec 2017-April 2018).  Shraddha was our first research assistant very helpful in getting us set up!  She has moved on to an exciting position at a company in Wiley, Texas.  Keep in touch, Shraddha!

 

Meghan Regher, B.S. Biology, Kansas State University (Spring 2018) Meghan was with us for one semester earning laboratory credit.  She was a joy to have in the lab!  Looking forward to seeing your future achievements, Meghan - Keep in touch!