Macrobes

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We are!

The Macrobe + microbe interaction lab in the Department of Biology at the Pennsylvania State University. We use a combination of wet lab and computational approaches to understand what determines microbiome composition within a host, and how the relationship between the host and the microbiome affects host health and evolution.


Emily Davenport
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences and Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

Office: 305 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University


Postdocs

Robert Nichols
USDA NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow [January 2020 - ]
Department of Biology

Office: 306 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University

Davenport Lab publications:
- The relationship between the gut microbiome and host gene expression: a review. Human Genetics


Graduate Students

Erica Ryu
PhD Student [February 2020 - ]
Department of Biology

Office: 306 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University
Awarded the Dr. John Randall Shuman Troxell Memorial Scholarship in Biology (2022)
Awarded the J. Ben and Helen D. Memorial Fund Award (2022)
NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (2021)
NIH T32 CBIOS Training Grant Appointee (2021- 2022)

Davenport Lab publications:
- Host genetic determinants of the microbiome across animals: From Caenorhabditis elegans to cattle. Annual Review of Animal Biosciences
- Microbiome: Taming the beasts inside. eLife

Polina Tikhonova
PhD Student [March 2022 - ]
Bioinformatics and Genomics Interdisciplinary Program

Office: 306 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University


Naomi Huntley
PhD Student [September 2022 - ]
Department of Biology

Office: 306 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University
Awarded the Microbiome Center Data Analysis Leadership Fund (2022)

Nicholas Locatelli
PhD Student (co-advised with Iliana Baums [September 2022 - ]

Office: 212 Mueller Laboratory, Penn State University
NIH T32 CBIOS Training Grant Appointee


Staff

Hanh Tran
Technician [June 2022 - ]

Office: 306 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University

Undergraduates

Aureo Zanon Undergraduate Researcher [July 2021 - ]
Major: Biology and Statistics; Minor: Math
Office: 306 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University
Erickson Discovery Grant Awardee 2022


Meera Gupta Undergraduate Researcher [October 2021 - ]
Major: Accelerated Premedical-Medical Program
Office: 306 Wartik Laboratory, Penn State University


You?
The lab is seeking undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate researchers. See the Openings page for more details.


Alumni

Postdocs

Nur Shahir
Postdoctoral Fellow [June 2020 - July 2022]
Department of Biology
Currently a Lead Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton


Staff

Sean O’Rourke
Undergraduate Researcher [January 2021 - May 2021]
Technician [June 2021 - ]
Major: Biology - Neuroscience option
Currently a Laboratory Assistant at Shriners Pediatric Research Center


Undergrads

Yiyan Zhang
Undergraduate Researcher [January 2021 - July 2021]
Majors: Statistics - Biostatistics, Mathematics - System Analysis
Currently in a masters program at Harvard University


Kyrah Williams Undergraduate Researcher [May 2021 - August 2021]
Major: Biology - Genetics


Jovial Joseph
Undergraduate Researcher [January 2021 - May 2022]
Major: Accelerated PreMedical-Medical Program
Eberly Undergraduate Research Support Awardee

Mansi Chandra Undergraduate Researcher [June 2022 - ]
Juniata College, Major: Bioinformatics

Shanisa McGuire Undergraduate Researcher [June 2022 - ]
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology