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 with Stenotrophomonas maltophilia biofilms.


Krittika Nandy - graduate student




Steve Le Tran - Post-bac researcher

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

Kelsey Thomas, undergraduate researcher



Marcus Rommelman - undergraduate researcher




 Onaiza Fazal

Tom Hundley - lab technician

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






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                                                                                                                  Kryshawna Beard



Akhila Ankem                                                              Lauren Barrett                                                                                        Rachel Thompson




 Tyler Frailie (Visiting Grad Student)




Lab picnic/BBQ (June 2014)