The People

  • EPIC Faculty

    The EPIC Faculty consists of a team of dedicated scientists with interests that range from understanding mechanisms of drug resistance in fungal pathogens to fatty acid metabolism in kinetoplastid parasites. But we are united in our focus on some of the world's most troubling and neglected disease-causing organims.

    Joshua Alper, Physics
    My lab's goal is to understand the fundamental physical principles behind the mechanical coordination mechanisms of the molecular motors that drive oscillatory beating of mollie eukaryotic cilia and flagella.

    Sourabh Dhingra, Biological Sciences
    The overarching goal of Dhingra lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with pathogenesis and azole drug tolerance in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. We use molecular, biochemical and cellular approaches as well as murine models to understand the role of ncRNAs in pathobiology and azole drug tolerance of Aspergillus fumigatus.

    Zhicheng Dou, Biological Sciences
    My research focuses on proteolytic mechanisms during infection by the obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

    Cheryl Ingram-Smith, Genetics and Biochemistry
    The overall goal of my research is to provide a better understanding of energy metabolism in the pathogenic protist Entamoeba histolytica.

    Lukasz Kozubowski, Genetics and Biochemistry
    We study a human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans to understand the mechanistic cellular processes used by pathogenic microorganisms to allow survival in the infected host.

    Meredith Morris, Genetics and Biochemistry
    In the search for new therapeutics we investigate essential parasite-specific processes, with the belief that understanding these processes will enable us to specifically target the parasite during treatments while leaving the host relatively unaffected.

    James Morris, Genetics and Biochemistry
    Our group is interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms employed by the African trypanosome to detect glucose availability, with a particular focus on identifying unique components for targeting for therapeutics.

    Kim Paul, Genetics and Biochemistry
    My group is interested in the regulation of fatty acid metabolism in the African trypanosome.

    Emily Rosowski, Biological Sciences
    My lab is focused on understanding host-pathogen interactions, using the larval zebrafish as a model host. We are currently studying how innate immune mechanisms control infections with the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus.

    Michael Sehorn, Genetics and Biochemistry
    My laboratory strives to understand the mechanism of homology-directed repair of DNA double-strand breaks mediated by RAD51 and DMC1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Entamoeba histolytica, and humans.

    Kerry Smith, Genetics and Biochemistry
    My group is interested in the acetate metabolism in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus.

    Lesly Temesvari, Biological Sciences
    We seek to understand the virulence functions of secretion, phagocytosis, and parasite-host interactions in Entamoeba histolytica.

    Daniel Whitehead, Chemistry
    EPIC related projects in the Whitehead lab are focused on the synthesis of small molecules and conjugates for ther development of therapeutic and drug-delivery strategies for treating eukaryotic pathogen infections.

  • Friends of EPIC

    Meet the Friends of EPIC (FoEs, as we like to call them!) The Friends of EPIC are members of our community that share an interest in Eukaryotic Pathogens and routinely participate in the activities of EPIC to be worthwhile. Sadly, due to to College alignment and University policies, they cannot formally be "members" of EPIC. They are none-the-less valued!

    Rodrigo Martinez-Duarte, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Ph.D., University of California-Irvine
    Current interests include the development of devices for the detection of pathogens in Clinical Diagnostics and Global Health.

  • Staff and Research Associates

    The Staff and Research Associates make EPIC tick. They keep the labs working and push their own projects forward while serving as mentors to the many students that fill the research space in EPIC.

    Amy Bergmann
    Lab Manager, Dou Lab

    Griffin Callahan
    Lab Manager, J. Morris Lab

    Nicki Clark-Mount
    COBRE Project Coordinator

    Eli Harding
    Lab Manager, J. Morris Lab

    Dr. Apurba Paul
    Post Doc, Paul Lab

    Dr. Annie Peng
    Post Doc, Kozubowski Lab

    Dr. Bruce Rafert
    EPIC Grant Development Specialist

    Sripriya Raja
    Research Technician, Paul Lab

    Savini Thrikawala
    Post Doc, Rosowski Lab

    Heather Walters
    Lab Manager, Temesvari Lab

  • Students

    The Students, both Graduate and Undergraduate, tackle the experiments necessary to solve the tough questions that exist in the field of Eukaryotic Pathogens research. They are the driving force in the Center.

    Oly Ahmed
    Graduate Student, K. Smith Lab

    Hanan Almousa
    Graduate Student, K. Smith Lab

    Mufida Ammar
    Graduate Student, K. Smith Lab

    Matt Angel
    Graduate Student, Ingram-Smith Lab

    Rachel Andorfer
    Graduate Student, Alper Lab

    Irem Bastuzel
    Graduate Student, Ingram-Smith Lab

    Garrett Buzzard
    Graduate Student, Sehorn Lab

    Rodrigo Catalan-Hurtado
    Graduate Student, K. Smith Lab

    Jin Cho
    Graduate Student, Ingram-Smith Lab

    Rodney Colón-Reyes
    Graduate Student, Kozubowski Lab

    Subash Godar
    Graduate Student, Alper Lab

    Steven Goodson
    Graduate Student, Sehorn Lab

    Rachel Ham
    Graduate Student, Temesvari Lab

    Jessica Jones
    Graduate Student, J. Morris Lab

    Melanie Key
    Graduate Student, Dou Lab

    Perry Kezh
    Graduate Student, K. Smith Lab

    Emily Knight
    Graduate Student, M. Morris Lab

    Stephani Martinez-Barrera
    Graduate Student, Kozubowski Lab

    Jillian Milanes
    Graduate Student, J. Morris Lab

    Rony Orobio-Hurtado
    Graduate Student, Temesvari Lab

    Nava Poudyal
    Graduate Student, Paul Lab

    Kristina Parman
    Graduate Student, Ingram-Smith Lab

    Joshua Saliutama
    Graduate Student, Paul Lab

    Piotr Stempinski
    Graduate Student, Kozubowski Lab

    Christopher Tanner
    Graduate Student, Rosowski Lab

    Brock Thornton
    Graduate Student, Dou Lab

    Heather Walters
    Graduate Student, Temesvari Lab

    Jordan Wesel
    Graduate Student, Ingram-Smith Lab

    Christina Wilkinson
    Graduate Student, M. Morris Lab