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Principal Investigator

Graduate Students

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Christina Brock; PhD candidate

Christina graduated from Texas A&M University in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Molecular and Cell Biology. Her thesis work centers around the characterization of vonWillebrand Factor A domain containing proteins of B. burgdorferi and the application of these proteins as novel Lyme disease vaccine candidates.

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Amer Fadhl, DVM; PhD student

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Wisam Hassan; PhD student

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Annah Lee, MPH; PhD student

Annah graduated from University of California, Davis in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science. She worked in the biotech industry for a few years before going to Colorado State University for her Master in Public Health. She is a first year doctoral student focusing on pathogen-detection in mammalian tissue, focusing on Borrelia spp, Rickettsia spp, and Ehrlichia spp for sequence analysis.

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Joseph Modarelli; PhD student

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Mackenzie Tietjen; PhD student, Entomology

Mackenzie graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology. After which she worked for a year at Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge in Idaho. She is a second year PhD student and works in both the Lyme lab and the Medina lab in the Entomology Department. She is conducting research on the population genetics, behavior, and phenology of Ixodes scapularis.

 

Undergraduate Students

 

LabPhoto_Helen Helen Chen
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LabPhoto_Kristen Kristen Jansen
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Former Undergraduate Students

  • Gabi Castellanos, Biomedical Science
    • Thesis Title: Borrelia burgdorferi Seroprevalence in deer across Travis County, Texas: Relevance for Lyme Disease Ecology
  • Elaine Wood, Biology
    • Thesis Title: Characterization of Adherence Properties of the VWFA-Domain Containing Proteins of the Causative Agent of Lyme Disease
  • Juang Mee "Mee-A" Pavey, Mathematics
    • Thesis Title: Frequency and Occurrence of Lyme Disease in Texas
  • Alexandra Brown, Biomedical Science
    • Thesis Title: Distribution of Borrelia burgdorferi, The Causative Agent of Lyme Disease in Ticks Across Texas
  • Juan Gomez, Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Joseph Modarelli, Biomedical Science
    • Thesis Title: Expression Analysis of BB0174, a Membrane Protein of Borrelia Burgdorferi, the Causative Agent of Lyme Disease
  • Erin McGregor, Biomedical Science
    • Thesis Title: Standardization of a Pan-Specific Test for the Diagnosis of Lyme Disease in Veterinary Medicine
  • Brandon Nettles
  • Robert Chouffot
  • Ross Wittenborn
  • Thomas Reeve, Biomedical Science
    • Paper Title: The Effect of Climate Variability on Tick Distribution in Texas
  • Annie Waite, Biomedical Science
    • Paper Title: The Effect of Climate Variability on Tick Distribution in Texas
  • Brittany McCune, Biomedical Science
    • Paper Title: The Effect of Climate Variability on Tick Distribution in Texas
  • Directed research Students: Students spend at least 1 semester doing directed research
    • Antony Blanco
    • Nicole Gather
    • Victoria Rodriguez
    • Pedro Ambriz
    • Cristina Pizano

Former Visiting Undergraduate Scholars (Air Force Academy)

  • Stone Frankford
  • Hillary Perkins
  • John White

Former Visiting Scholars

  • Lais Sanseverino
  • Jiannan Liu
  • Shakirat Adetunji
  • Jaqueline Matias
  • Eman Hassan

Former Graduate Students

  • Dhwani Khotari, Masters in Public Health

Former Post-Doctorates

  • Pam Ferro, PhD
  • Carolina Sosa Gutierrez, DVM, PhD