Lab group

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Cathy, Norma, Britt, and Angie on our recent trip to the Advanced Light Source Facility at Lawrence Berkeley Lab

Graduate students

Catherine Hernandez

Cathy is a 1st year graduate student in the lab, affiliated with the Integrative Biology department, who is currently working on measuring coevolutionary change between bacteria and phages living within leaves and microbiome-mediated traits.

Norma Morella

Norma is a 2nd year graduate student in the lab, affiliated with the Plant and Microbial Biology department, who is working on developing a novel method to assess the risk of bacteriophage infection in natural populations and fungal-viral interactions.


Undergraduate researchers

Angela Pogson: Angie is a 1st year at UC Berkeley working in the lab, in collaboration with Britt and Steve Lindow, on bacterial ice nucleation in the tomato leaf.

Nishani Abeydeera: Nishani is a 3rd year at UC Berkeley working in the lab, in collaboration with Vivek Mutalik, on bacteriophage genetics.

Shangyang Christopher YangChris is a 2nd year at UC Berkeley working with Norma on designing phage specific probes to measure phage-phage competition in vitro.

Priyanka Ranade: Priyanka is a 2nd year at UC Berkeley working with Cathy on bacteria-phage interactions within the leaves of tomato plants.


Visiting researchers

William Feeney: Will is a visiting Fulbright Fellow based between the University of Queensland (AUS) and the University of Delaware studying numerous coevolutionary interactions, including brood parasites. More here:

Stefanie Barbosa Potkul Soares: Stefanie is an undergraduate at the Federal University of Espirito Santo (UFES) in Brazil who will be working in the lab this summer as part of Brazil’s Scientific Mobility program.

Annika Gomez: Annika is an undergraduate at Cornell University who will be working in the lab this summer as part of the Amgen Scholars program.


Past lab members

Graduate students and research technicians:

seanSean Meaden (Phd student 2012-2015)

Sean finished his PhD this past year focusing on understanding how coevolution with phages affects the fitness of a bacterial pathogen on its plant host. He is now a postdoctoral researcher with Prof Mike Boots at UC Berkeley.

Nicole Parr (2013-2015, Full-time research technician, University of Exeter; now a PhD student at the University of Exeter, working with Lucy Hawkes on bird migration)

Alexander Rose (2015, Masters student at Exeter; now a Graduate Teaching Associate at Bangor University)

Will Crowther (2014, Research assistant based at Oxford University; now a research technician at Warwick University)

Reinier van Velzen (2014, Visiting masters student at Exeter)

Amy McLeman (2013, Masters student at Exeter; now pursuing a PhD at the University of Exeter with Profs Richard Ffrench-Constant and Chris Bass to design bee-safe pesticides)

Jennifer Bates (2009, Masters student at Oxford)


Undergraduate students:

Izaak Coleman (2013, 2015, Volunteer; now pursuing a masters in Computer Sciences at Imperial College London)

Jennifer Weller (2014, Undergraduate project student; now doing a PhD at Queen’s University Belfast on aggression in domestic animals)

Benjamin Keningale (2013, Undergraduate project student – won Darwin award for top honor’s project in University of Exeter’s BioSciences department; just finished his MSc at the Royal Veterinary College and now deciding among PhD programs)

Olivia Lee (2013, Undergraduate project student at Exeter; Recently graduatd with an MSc from University of Liverpool and currently volunteering with Edze Westra, looking into the whens and whys of the evolution of CRISPR immune system in bacteria)

Derek Lin (2010, Honor’s project student at UC Santa Cruz, now a research technician at the Biomedical Research Institute of New Mexico)


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