Lab Members

 Yoder-Himes Lab Members


Dr. Deborah Yoder-Himes, Ph.D.

You can reach me at <>


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?


Shelby Rauck- undergraduate researcher

Bridget Wall - undergraduate researcher

Meghan Schneider - undergraduate researcher

Julie Nguyen - undergraduate researcher

Lauren Brooks - undergraduate researcher

coming soon..

Alina Asif - 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
  • Brad Clark, M.S.
  • Krittika Nandy
  • Josh Stewert, B.S. - UofL Dental School
  • Easton Ford, B.S. - UofL Microbiology and Immunology
  • 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:

Brad Clark - graduate student

Dave Jensen - graduate student


Michele Gosney - graduate student

Trevor Loomis, Nick Seibold, Brad Clark, Mitchel Jacobs - undergraduate researchers

Emily Ostrowski - undergraduate researcher


Nick Seibold - undergraduate student

Christine Invergo - undergraduate researcher

Trusha Mehta - undergraduate researcher

Eric Curtsinger- post-bac researcher


Hallie Lyninger - undergraduate researcher

Kryshawna Beard - undergraduate researcher


Steve Tran - undergraduate/post-bac researcher

Marcus Rommelman- undergraduate researcher

Krittika Nandy - graduate researcher

Morgan Robinson - post-bac researcher

Rachel Mahbubani - undergraduate researcher

Amy Priest - undergraduate researcher

Lloyd Bartley - undergraduate researcher


Matt Hill - undergraduate researcher



Easton Ford - technician and undergraduate researcher


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)

Bioinformatics team - summer 2019