Lab Members


Yoder-Himes Lab members


Dr. Deborah Yoder-Himes, Ph.D.

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Brad Clark - Ph.D. candidate

Brad is currently examining the role of the TolQRAB-Pal complex in B. dolosa virulence.  His future work may include examining the response of CF pathogens to amoebae and macrophages. Brad spent 1.5 years as an undergraduate in which he isolated and identified numerous bacteria from Kentucky soils - all of which were extremely resistant to antibiotics currently used in CF clinics worldwide.  Brad also led a team of other undergraduates in the isolate and identification of even more microbes.

Steve Le Tran - Post-bac researcher

Steve is examining the microbial community from many different Kentucky environments.

Kryshawna Beard - undergraduate researcher

Kryshawna is working on identifying the role of Type III secretion systems in Burkholderia dolosa virulence.


Akhila Ankhem - undergraduate researcher

Akhila is examining dual species biofilms using fluorescence microscopy.


Rachel Thompson - undergraduate researcher


Rachel is also examining dual species biofilms using fluorescence microscopy.


 Tom Hundley - lab technician

Tom is our confocal laser scanning microscopy expert and has pioneered the Hundley flow cell for biofilm growth.


TJ Brandt - undergraduate researcher


TJ is working with Stenotrophomonas maltophilia biofilms.


Lauren Barrett - post bac student


Lauren has worked on the ecology projects in the lab and is currently helping with the mixed biofilm assays.


Former students:

David Jensen, M.S. - UK Dental School

Molly (McDonald) Weatherholt, B.A. - Medical School in Oregon

Mia Starcevic, B.S. - Dental School
Trusha Mehta, B.S. - Lincoln Memorial University Medical School
Danielle Gosney - obtained a hospital position in 2014
Mitchell Jacobs  - continuing in his academic pursuits here at UofL
Christine Invergo, B.S. - is exploring her options post-graduation
Harry Ghooray, B.S. - applying to pharmacy school
Lauren Barrett, B.S. - applying for medical school
Emily (Ostrowski) Robinson, B.S. - Metropolitan Sewer District (City of Louisville), Louisville, KY
Willow Dietsch, B.S. - UofL Masters in Sustainability
Jimmy Mey, B.S. - medical school in the Caribbean
Charlie Keown, B.S. - applying for microbiology jobs
Lindsey Duffy - B.A. - applying to graduate school
Nicholas Seibold, B.S. - attending officer training school followed by grad school
Mariam Ahmed. B.S. - account liaison for a specialty pharmacy
Jae Seo, B.S. - UofL Dental School
Trevor Loomis, B.A. - UofL graduate school for anthropology;
Jake Trimble - applying for medical school
Ethan Shelton, B.S. - UofL Dental School
Abi Zhang, B.S. - UofL Medical School
Devin McBride, B.S. - applying to medical school
Ruthie McIntyre, B.S. - applying to dental schools
Adrienne Michael - continuing in her academic pursuits here at UofL

Hallie Lyninger - genetic counseling program

Eric Curtsinger - Anatomy Program here at UofL



Pictures of former members:

Dave Jensen                                                                                               Molly Weatherholt

Danielle Gosney                                                                                                                                 Trevor Loomis, Brad Clark, Nick Seibold, Mitchell Jacobs

Emily Ostrowski                                                                                                     Nick Seibold

Christine Invergo                                                                                                         Trusha Mehta

Ruthie McIntyre                                                                                                      Adrienne Michaels

Mia Starcevic                                                             Eric Curtsinger



Hallie Lyninger














Lab picnic/BBQ (June 2014)