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Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Michelle DziejmanMichelle Dziejman, Ph.D.
Phone: (585) 273-4459
Welcome to the Dziejman Lab page! 

Let me introduce you to the people at the benches:

Research Staff

Thomas MuranteThomas Murante
Technical Associate

Tom is a Rochester native and a pro at keeping lab operations running smoothly. He lends his cloning and molecular biology expertise to many projects, and chances are, if you have a question about a technique, Tom has had experience with it and can offer advice. He’s also the lab “fix-it” guy, and when he’s not repairing lab equipment, he’s often working on his car.

Graduate Students

Hannah BellHannah Bell, M.S.
MSTP Medical Scientist Training Program (M.D., Ph.D.)
MD Medical Education (M.D.)
IMV Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology Ph.D. Program

Hannah’s work focuses on determining the function of a T3SS effector protein, VopZZ, in colonization and the disease process. Outside the lab, she enjoys watching KDramas, practicing yoga, cooking, and playing video games.  You can frequently find her on the lookout for great vegan food in Rochester.

Katharine TomberlinKatharine Florence Tomberlin
IMV Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology Ph.D. Program

As a native of Minnesota, Katie thinks Rochester winters are warm!  Her project is aimed at identifying the minimal genetic elements carried within the V. cholerae T3SS island that are required for colonization. When she needs a break from strain construction, Katie enjoys practicing guitar, reading, writing, and playing videogames.

Megan UlbrichMegan Ulbrich
IMV Immunology, Microbiology, and Virology Ph.D. Program

Megan grew up in Buffalo, NY and received her B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh.  Her work in the Dziejman lab uses multidisciplinary approaches to uncover novel effector protein functions. (Megan’s favorite protein is VopX!).   In her spare time, you can find Megan baking, gardening, hiking, and napping with her cat, Darcy.

Research Assistants

Brandon DexterBrandon Dexter
Undergraduate Student

Among us, Brandon travelled the furthest to be in Rochester, calling the Portland (Oregon) area home. He is graduating in May 2020 with a BS Biology degree in Genetics, and hopes to spend the next year or two diving further into the world of bacterial genetics. If he’s not in lab working to identify regulators of T3SS gene expression, he’s studying, working out, or wishing he was fishing.

Isabel SiaIsabel Sia
Undergraduate Student

Izi calls Rochester home and is a member of the Class of 2021, majoring in Cell and Developmental Biology. Her project involves understanding the contributions of different T3SS island encoded regulatory proteins to T3SS gene expression. Outside of lab, her schedule is kept busy working as a teaching assistant on River Campus and volunteering.

Amanda WaughAmanda Waugh
Undergraduate Student

Amanda hails from Austin, Texas. She is a senior majoring in Microbiology and English (with an Environmental Humanities minor), and hopes to continue exploring her interests in pathogenesis and disease ecology next year before pursuing graduate studies. In the meantime, she is working on a project to identify factors influencing the regulation of V. cholerae T3SS genes. When back on River Campus, she enjoys dance and is the president of the undergraduate Writing Fellows.