Graduate Students

Kristopher Kieft

Ph.D Candidate, Microbiology Doctoral Training Program (2017-present)

B.S., Biology, Central Michigan University (2017)

Research Interests – Bacteriophages are often overlooked as contributing members of an ecosystem. I am interested in using sequencing data to explore ecological and biogeochemical services of phages in nature and the human gut. I am also interested in the development of bioinformatic methods to expand the set of tools available for investigating phages.

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Patricia Tran

Ph.D Candidate, Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program (2018-present)

B.S., Environmental Sciences, McGill University, 2016

M.S., Biology, Concordia University, 2018

Graduate certificate in Bioinformatics, McGill University, 2016

Research Interests – My research explores the metabolism and ecology of microbes in anoxic zones of freshwater lakes, such as seasonally oxygen-depleted bottom waters (hypolimnions) of Lake Mendota (Madison, WI), and the permanently anoxic deep waters of Lake Tanganyika (Tanzania). Additionally, my work aims to bridge the gap between the data-rich research fields of genomics and aquatic modeling, by leveraging genomic information from -omics datasets (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics) to inform lake quality water models.

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Elise Cowley

MD/PhD Candidate, Microbiology Doctoral Training Program (2020-present), Entering Class of 2017

NIH-CIBM Predoctoral Fellow

B.S., Chemistry and Bioresource Research, Oregon State University

Research Interests – I am interested in how microbial ecology can impact human health and the flipside – how human health can impact microbial ecology. I am currently working on projects related to the bacterial sulfur cycle in the human gut, specifically as it relates to colorectal cancer and inflammatory bowel disease.

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Marguerite Langwig

Ph.D Candidate, Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program (2021-present)

B.S., Biopsychology, Wagner College

M.S., Marine Science, The University of Texas at Austin

Research Interests: I am interested in using omics methods (mainly metagenomics) to understand the vast microbial diversity that exists in the world. I have a special love for marine environments, especially hydrothermal vents and the deep sea. I am excited about the novel insights omics techniques are providing about microbial ecology and hope to continue adding to our understanding in my PhD.

Katherine Klier

Ph.D Candidate, Freshwater and Marine Sciences Program (2021-present)

B.S., Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Michigan

Research Interests: My research interests include investigating the ecological function of microbes and viruses in marine and freshwater ecosystems. I am interested in using bioinformatics and laboratory-based methods to better understand microbial processes and interactions that occur in various environments.

Jacob Hotvedt

M.S. Microbiology Program (2020-present)

B.S., Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison