Jenny Bhatnagar
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Boston University

Jenny TalbotContact info
Office phone: 617-353-6957
Office location: BRB 213

Jenny is assistant professor in the Biology Department at BU.

Current lab members

Maria Garcia
Lab supervisor

Maria O. GarciaContact info
Lab phone: 617-353-2346

Maria first began working with mycorrhizal fungi as an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Kathleen Treseder’s lab at the University of California, Irvine.  In the past, Maria has examined the ectomycorrhizae of Loblolly Pine from the Duke Forest of North Carolina and Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pine from the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon. Her research has taken her on mushroom hunts in Alaska, Oregon, Washington, Guatemala, and Spain. Her main interests are Mycology, Forests, Biogeochemistry, and Climate Change. She has a MS in Forest Science from the College of Forestry at Oregon State University and a BS in Earth and Environmental Science from UCI.  She loves visiting the forest and coming across interesting sporocarps— especially the edible kind. Her favorite mushrooms are chanterelles, earthstars, and elfin saddles. Visit her personal website here.


Sasha Vivelo
Ph.D. student

Contact info
Office location: BRB 223

Sasha is a PhD student studying molecular evolution and ecology. She previously researched the evolution of the Denisovan genome in the lab of Dr. Chris Baysdorfer at California State University, East Bay. She has an MS in cell and molecular biology and an MA in biological anthropology, both from Cal State East Bay, and a BA from Columbia College in Missouri. A desire to study the molecular genetics of biodiversity and environmental preservation led her to the Talbot lab, where her current research focuses on the phylogenetic pattern of fungal succession in leaf litter. Sasha’s personal website is where she blogs about science, the outdoors, and balancing grad school and family life. Her favorite mushroom is chicken of the woods. Visit her personal website here.


Cheta Siletti
Undergraduate research assistant

Cheta Siletti, undergraduate research assistant

Cheta is a junior at Boston University studying cell and molecular genetics.  She has been interested in biology for as long as she can remember, specifically marine biology and the study of microbes. She hopes to pursue research on the many roles microorganisms play in different ecosystems. Cheta’s favorite mushroom is the veiled stinkhorn.


Colleen King
Undergraduate research assistant

Colleen King

Colleen developed an interest in research after attending Northwestern University’s Oncofertility Summer Academy where she learned about different fields of medicine. She continued her work with Northwestern University by doing a research project in Structural Sex Determination in Embryonic Mice during the summer of 2014. Colleen plans to obtain a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology and work as a researcher in medicine. She is currently interested in exploring fields of Biology such as Marine Biology, Ecology, and Evolution because she is so fascinated by almost every field of Biology. She hopes to develop a strong sense of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Sciences by working in the Talbot Lab to add to her repertoire of biological knowledge.

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