Lab Members

Graduate Students


Maria Nikulkova

Maria Nikulkova

maria.nikulkova@ucdenver.edu

Maria worked with the MinION as an undergraduate in the lab (receiving a competitive UROP grant to support her work).  After earning her B.S. in Biology in 2018 from CU Denver, she started in the CU Denver Biology MS program in Fall 2018.  She is working on assembly, annotation, and interpretation of novel archaeal genomes from our freshwater wetlands collaboration.

Alex Romero

Alex Romero

ALEX.ROMERO@UCDENVER.EDU

Alex is pursuing graduate research in the CU Denver Biology MS program.  He works on the dog microbiome project.

Undergraduate Students


Kayla Medina

Kayla Medina

KAYLA.MEDINA@UCDENVER.EDU

Kayla is an undergraduate Biology major working on the dog microbiome project.

Derick Singleton

Derick Singleton

DERICK.SINGLETON@UCDENVER.EDU

Derick is a postbac / undergraduate in Integrative Biology working on a computational project related to predicting optimal growth temperature from microbial genomes.

Megan deSpain

Megan deSpain

MEGAN.DESPAIN@UCDENVER.EDU

Megan is an undergraduate Biology major, working on the fish environmental toxicology project in collaboration with Dr. Vajda.


Alumni


Jackie Billotte

Jackie Billotte

JACQUELINE.BILLOTTE@UCDENVER.EDU

Jackie was an intern in 2018-2019 from the Master's Program in Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology.

Adrienne Narrowe

Adrienne Narrowe

Adrienne.Narrowe@ucdenver.edu

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Adrienne is a former student in the PhD Program in Integrative and Systems Biology.  She graduated with her Ph.D. in 2018, and is now a postdoc in Kelly Wrighton's Lab at Colorado State University.

David Banks-Richardson

David Banks-Richardson

david.banks-richardson@ucdenver.edu

David graduated with his MS from the Biology Master of Science program in 2018. He is pursuing a career in teaching.

Mallika Iyer

Mallika Iyer

mallika.iyer@ucdenver.edu

Mallika graduated from the Master of Integrated Sciences program in 2018. She is pursuing a PhD in Adam Godzik's lab at the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in San Diego.

Kendra DeHay

Kendra DeHay

KENDRA.DEHAY@UCDENVER.EDU

Kendra graduated in 2017 from the Master's Program in Biomedical Sciences & Biotechnology.  She is working as a Professional Research Associate.


Connor Jacobs

Connor Jacobs

CONNOR.JACOBS@UCDENVER.EDU

B.S. CU Denver Integrative Biology 2018
Connor worked on informatics projects surrounding the MinION DNA sequencing device and was selected for the Computational Bioscience summer program in 2018.  Connor also received a UROP grant to support his research while in the lab.  He currently works as a technician at National Jewish Health.

Maria Nikulkova

Maria Nikulkova

maria.nikulkova@ucdenver.edu

Maria worked with the MinION as an undergraduate in the lab (receiving a competitive UROP grant to support her work).  After earning her B.S. in Biology in 2018 from CU Denver, she started in the CU Denver Biology MS program in Fall 2018.  She is working on assembly, annotation, and interpretation of novel archaeal genomes from our freshwater wetlands collaboration.

Eric Lambert

Eric Lambert

ERIC.LAMBERT@UCDENVER.EDU

Eric was an undergraduate Biology major in the lab who worked on improving our genome annotation pipeline.

Nihal Eltom

Nihal Eltom

NIHAL.ELTOM@UCDENVER.EDU

Nihal graduated with double undergraduate majors in Psychology and Biology in 2017.  She is pursuing a PhD at UC Irvine.



Even More Alumni


Erin Smith (PRA; currently pursuing PhD at Washington State University)

Job Bacon-Maldonado (B.S. CU Denver Integrative Biology 2013; UROP awardee)

Casey Bleeker (B.S. CU Denver Integrative Biology 2013; currently in IT Industry)

Kimberley Bower (former CU Denver Post-bac student; currently in Biotech Industry)

Vernon Miller (B.S. CU Denver Integrative Biology; currently in Healthcare Industry)

Harmony Matshik-Dakafay (PRA, B.S. CU Denver Integrative Biology 2013; working at CU Denver ESL Academy while pursuing medical school)

Elmar Pruesse (former Postdoc; Now working with Cathy Lozupone, Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Denver)

Sean Beagle (B.S. CU Denver Integrative Biology 2016; currently works in Bioinformatics at National Jewish Health, and in Air Force Reserve)

Colette Kalina-Tran (B.S. CU Denver Integrative Biology)


Available Positions

We are always looking for good people to join us. Please have a look at the available positions.