Allison Lopatkin

Principal Investigator & Assistant Professor
Dept. of Chemical Engineering, UR Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, URMC Pronouns: she/her/hers

B.S. in applied mathematics; PhD in Biomedical Engineering
Inside the lab: Predicting HGT dynamics and admiring all things bacterial
Outside the lab: Hiking anywhere outdoors, or playing with my dog Tiki (who refuses to hike)

Sai Varun Aduru

Graduate Student Program: Chemical Engineering PhD Pronouns: he/him/his

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Andhra University, India; M.S in Chemical Engineering, University of Washington, Seattle
Inside the lab: I study population dynamics and antibiotic-mediated resistance using computational modeling and systems biology
Outside the lab: I like sketching, painting in my free time

Christian Basile

Graduate Student Program: Chemical Engineering PhD Pronouns: he/him/his

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester; M.S in Chemical Engineering, University of Pittsburgh
Outside the lab: I enjoy learning, biking, hiking, playing squash & tennis, and music (80's , oldies,  rock and some punk and techno)

Jordan Blair

Undergraduate Student Researcher Pronouns: he/him/his

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester
Inside the lab: Understanding the trends of bioinformatics to assist our knowledge of HGT
Outside the lab: I like to go outside kayaking or fishing and keep active with lacrosse and football

Arthur Chen

Undergraduate Student Researcher

B.S. in Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester
Inside the lab: DNA aptamers as biosensors
Outside the lab: I enjoy reading books, driving to places, and sleeping.

Heather Curtsinger

Graduate Student Program: MBI PhD

B.S. in Biology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Inside the lab: Environmental impacts on HGT
Outside the lab: You can find me walking my dog, reading a book, and rewatching Lotr

Habibul Islam

Graduate Student Program: Chemical Engineering PhD Pronouns: he/him/his

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Bangladesh University of professionals
Inside the lab: I am interested in using bioinformatic pipelines to study HGT antibiotic resistance
Outside the lab: I love Trekking, and playing online games.

Ivan Lee

Undergraduate Student Researcher Pronouns: he/him/his

B.S. in Microbiology, University of Rochester
Outside the lab: I love learning about all kinds of weird animals and plants I find online or through pond water under my microscope. I like running and listening to music (indie, old and new rock, and jazz).

Yuchang Liu

Graduate Student Program: MBI Masters Pronouns: she/her/hers

B.S. in Animal Science, China Agricultural University
Inside the lab: Genetic factors that affect the plasmid acquistion cost
Outside the lab: I like reading books about philosophy and social science, and I also like listening to music, especially rock music

Elizabeth Martin

Undergraduate Student Researcher Pronouns: she/her/hers

B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, University of Rochester
Inside the lab: HGT as a tool against antibiotic resistance
Outside the lab: I love keeping active (specifically skiing and rowing), picking up new hobbies and napping.

Sofia Carolina Martinez Absalon

Postdoctoral scholar Pronouns: she/her/hers

B.S. in Biology, Michoacan University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo; PhD in Bimedical Sciencie, Center of Genomic Science UNAM
Inside the lab: Characterize the role of metabolic efficiency in determining plasmids outcomes.
Outside the lab: Spend time with my family and travel.

Abhishek Sharma

Graduate Student Program: Data Science Masters Pronouns: he/him/his

B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering, IIT Kanpur, India
Inside the lab: Utilizing data science to advance our understanding of HGT
Outside the lab: You may find me listening to Pink Floyd or playing guitar in my room. As an avid reader, I derive solace from the companionship of books. Also, I love to play tennis.

Zirui Zhao

Graduate Student Program: MBI PhD

Lab Alumni

Shahana Abdin
Mehrose Ahmad
Jackie Balestrieri
Lorenza Bartu
Lela DeVine
Wenqi Di
Shahd ElNaggar
Deniz Ertem
Maya Fabozzi
Larissa Flores
Danya Gewurz
Claire Johnson
Emily Lo
Jenifer Moralez
Alana Palomino
Hannah Prensky
Jana Casals Puy
Anika Rahman
Karolina Szenkiel
Jessica Wang
Ujana Zajmi