Research Staff

Zhichao Zhou

Assistant Scientist (2019-present)

B.S., Biological Sciences, Wuhan University, China

PhD., Environmental Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Research Interests – Metagenome and metatranscriptome based interpretation of biogeochemical functions and activities, environmental and energy dynamics mediated by microorganisms, microbial community interactions, influence of anthropogenic activities on the microbiome, virome, and resistome, population genomics

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Samantha Bachand

Lab Manager/Research Technician (2021- present)

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

Research Interests: I am interested in microbial ecology in freshwater systems and connections to biogeochemical cycles. I am currently working on projects regarding the utilization of phosphorus and hydrogen sulfide by microbial communities in Lake Mendota.

Adam Breister

Research Technician (2019- present)

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

Adam joined our lab as a technician after two semesters as an undergraduate researcher. Adam assists different aspects of a variety of experimental and computational research projects in the laboratory. Recent projects include studying the polymer composite microbiome, isolation of microorganisms and viruses from Lake Mendota, studying sulfur transformations in isolated microorganisms, and comparative genomics of hydrothermal and deep sea microorganisms.