Lab Members

 Yoder-Himes Lab Members


Dr. Deborah Yoder-Himes, Ph.D.

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Brad Clark - graduate student

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.

TJ Brandt - graduate student


TJ is working the interactions between bacteria in mixed species biofilms as these are prevalent in both nature and in the human body.  Her work has led to new potential therapeutics for opportunistic pathogens.  She is currently investigating new compounds that are produced by one pathogen that have inhibitory effects on another, very common microbe, Staph aureus.

Rhiannon Cecil - graduate student


 Rhiannon is working on understanding the interactions between Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates and predators such as Amoebae and immune cells.  She is conducting long term evolution studies and will evaluate how P. aerguinosa and the host cells change genetically and phenotypically in response to long term co-culturing.  We can then perturb this system by adding other microbes and asking what changes with there are more community members around?

Matt Hill - undergraduate researcher

Matt is examining the relationship between Staph aureus and other CF pathogens.  His work involves examining the relationship of microbes over time in biofilms.

Josh Stewart - undergraduate researcher

 Josh is studying the relationship between Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and other CF pathogens in mixed species biofilms.  He is interesting in understanding why this organism can so potently inhibit other CF pathogens in vitro.



Easton Ford - technician

Easton is our beta diversity expert.

Shelby Rauck- undergraduate researcher

coming soon...

Bridget Wall - undergraduate researcher

coming soon...


Last but not least - Buddy the sock beer, our lab mascot!


The less you know about his origins, the better.


Former students

  • David Jensen, M.S. - University of Kentucky Dental School
  • Molly (McDonald) Weatherholt, B.A. - Medical School at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Northwest
  • Mia Starcevic, B.S. - UofLDental School
  • Trusha Mehta, B.S. - Lincoln Memorial University Medical School
  • Danielle Gosney - obtained a hospital position in 2014
  • Mitchell Jacobs  - University of Kentucky Medical School
  • Christine Invergo, B.S. - is exploring her options post-graduation
  • Harry Ghooray, B.S. - Lake Erie School of Pharmacy
  • Lauren Barrett, B.S. - Graduate School in Nursing
  • Emily (Ostrowski) Robinson, B.S. -Sales Representative at GT Resources / Agilent Technologies
  • 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. - Verification Coordinator at Aperture Credentialing, LLC
  • Nicholas Seibold, B.S. - attending officer training school followed by grad school
  • Mariam Ahmed. B.S. - Program Manager at RxCrossroads
  • 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. - UofL Medical School
  • Ruthie McIntyre, B.S. - UofL Dental School
  • Adrienne Michael - UofL Dental School
  • Hallie Lyninger - Genetic Counseling Intern at UC Irvine
  • Eric Curtsinger - Direct Service Provider for Centerstone Kentucky
  • Grant Berry - applying to Dental School
  • Marcus Rommelman - applying to Medical School
  • Annie Koenig - Graduate School, UTexas
  • Douglas Krauth - applying to graduate school
  • Laura Davis - UofL Medical School
  • Rachel Thompson - University of Kentucky Graduate School
  • Kryshawna Beard - UPenn Graduate School, Department of Pharmacology
  • Akhila Ankem - UofL Medical School
  • Krittika Nandy - graduate student
  •   Kelsey Thomas - UofL undergrad
  • Amy Priest - IUPUI Physical Therapy School
  • Morgan Robinson- UofL Medical School
  • Rachel Mahbubani - Taking a gap year


Pictures of former members:








Lab event pictures

Lab picnic/BBQ (June 2014)

Dave's Graduation 2015


Lab picnic 2017 (we were rained out so we came inside)



End of semester party - rained out once again (May 2018)

Madelyn's last day in the lab (August 2018)