Lab personnel

Current lab members


Colin Averill
Postdoctoral Research Associate
NOAA Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow

Contact info
E-mail: caverill@bu.edu
Office location: BRB 223
CV

Colin is a microbial ecologist working at the ecosystem scale. He is currently focused on how ectomycorrhizal fungi compete with other soil microbes to alter ecosystem carbon storage. He loves pizza. Visit his personal website here.

Carolyn Zeiner
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Contact info
E-mail: zeiner@bu.edu
Office location: BRB 223
CV

Carolyn is a environmental microbiologist focusing on fungal biogeochemistry.  After earning her BS and MS in environmental engineering, she worked for six years as a consultant on Superfund sites in New York Harbor conducting geochemical site characterization and sediment remediation design.  She then completed her Ph.D. with Dr. Colleen Hansel at Harvard University, where her research utilized quantitative, comparative proteomics to investigate the mechanisms of manganese and carbon oxidation by filamentous Ascomycete fungi.  In the Talbot lab, she works on identifying the proteomic and metabolomic signals that drive succession patterns among fungal communities in plant litter decomposition.

Sasha Vivelo
Ph.D. student, EBE program

Contact info
E-mail: avivelo@bu.edu
Office location: BRB 223
CV

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.

Reagan Bandy
Ph.D. student, MCBB program

Contact info
E-mail: rnbandy@bu.edu
Office location: BRB 111

Reagan first became interested in fungi through an undergraduate research program at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied secondary metabolites produced by endophytic fungi. In the Talbot lab, she works on identifying bacterial and fungal metabolites produced during plant litter decomposition and investigating what role these metabolites might play in species interactions. Reagan has a BS in Cell and Molecular Biology from UT Austin and enjoys eating breakfast tacos.

Demetrius Dimucci
Ph.D. student (Segre lab), Bioinformatics Program

Contact info
E-mail: ddimucci@bu.edu
Office location: BRB 223
CV

Demetrius studied molecular biology with a primary focus on cancer at UCSD. Now he is a student in the Bioinformatics PhD program. Currently, he uses machine learning methods to predict the outcomes of fungal interactions in the lab.

 

Former lab members


Maria O. Garcia; Lab manager (2014-2017)
Currently: Ecovative, NY

Aine Russell; UROP student (2015-2017)
Currently: Cytogenetic and Molecular Lab Coordinator, Center for Human Genetics

Shayan Avanessian; UROP, BA/MA in Biotechnology student (2015-2017)
Currently: Research assistant, Proteomics Platform, Broad Institute

Shannon Rainsford; UROP, BA/MA in Biotechnology student (2016-2017)
Currently: Research assistant, Ohana Biosciences

Cheta Siletti; UROP student (2015-2016)
Currently: Center for Cancer Genome Discovery, Dana Farber Institute

Elizabeth Diaz; NSF-REU in Chemistry Fellow (Summer 2017)
Currently: Undergraduate student, UC Davis

Stacey Cruz-Ramirez; NSF-SURF Fellow (Summer 2017)
Currently: Undergraduate student, University of Puerto Rico

LeAnna Cates; NSF-BRITE Fellow (Summer 2016)
Currently: Undergraduate student, University of Missouri, Kansas City

Jonathan Lopez-Duran; NSF-SURF Fellow (Summer 2016)
Currently: Undergraduate student, University of Puerto Rico

Jose Diaz; NSF-REU in Chemistry Fellow (Summer 2016)
Currently: Undergraduate student, UC Santa Barbara

Esther Plotnick; RISE intern (Summer 2016)
Currently: Undergraduate student, Harvard University (starting Fall 2017)

Ameerah Giadat; GROW intern (Summer 2016)
Currently: High school student, Billerica High School

Caylon Yates; Senior Lab Technician (2015-2016)
Currently: STEM Instructor, Atlanta, CA

Jennifer Haskell; Volunteer Undergraduate Researcher (2015-2016)
Currently: Ph.D. student, UC Davis, Soils and Biogeochemistry

Lidimarie Trujillo; NSF-SURF Fellow (Summer 2015)
Currently: Ph.D. student, University of Florida, Microbiology and Cell Sciences

Christopher Thomas; NSF-SURF Fellow (Summer 2015)
Currently: Ph.D. student, Boston University, Cell and Molecular Biology

Vanessa Ford; NSF-REU in Chemistry Fellow (Summer 2015)
Currently: Undergraduate student, UMass Amherst

Anna Yang; RISE intern (Summer 2015)
Currently: B.S. student, Stanford University

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