Graduate Student Projects

Current graduate students and their research focus

Taejung's Master thesis research is focused on characterization of agricultural irrigation water microbiomes and mycobiomes for prediction of microbiological safety. Taejung has secured a travel award from Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences to present his research at the 2018 ASM Conference on Rapid Applied Microbial Next-Generation Sequencing and Bioinformatic Pipelines.

Manjari's PhD research is focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms dictating the pathogenicity of Bacillus cereus group strains.

Xiaoqing is a MS student advised by Dr. LaBorde and co-advised by Dr. Kovac. Her research is focused on surveying microbiomes of built environments in the food supply chain and investigating their associations with pathogens. The goal of her research is to provide data to inform science-based optimization of foodborne pathogen control interventions. Ellie's interest in public health and molecular biology led her to work as a research assistant in eGenesis Bio in Summer 2018. She spent her summer working on research towards development of xenotransplants for a safe and effective transplantation of human tissues and organs.

Runan is studying microbiome dynamics in Campylobacter enrichments and conducting comparative genomic analyses of Campylobacter population found in Pennsylvania.