Meet Our Grad Students

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is proud to have an amazing group of graduate students.  Below, you can meet some of our graduate students and see why they decided to pursue a graduate education in microbiology.  

MICHELLE Michelle King: Ph.D. Student, Patrauchan Lab
From Choctaw, Oklahoma.

“It is fascinating how an organism so small can manipulate and utilize the environment around them to thrive. I love to think how eukaryotes evolved from these organism and the adaptations that had to take place.”


Melissa Brewer: Ph.D. Student, Shaw Lab
From: Weatherford, Oklahoma

"I've been interested in research, especially pathogens and the immune system since a very young age. Doing research here allows me to study interesting interactions between intracellular pathogens proteins and their host cell."


Jorge Lightfoot: Ph.D. Student, Prade Lab
From Carbondale, Illinois

“Researching and learning about cell biology gives me the same feeling as thinking about the size of the universe. While it is intimidating to think about the unknown, it is also exciting to know that there is so much to learn.”


Radwa Hanafy: Ph.D. Student, Youssef Lab
From Cairo, Egypt

"Anaerobic fungi have unique cellulolytic capabilities and are considered to be promising for biofuel production. I am interested in harnessing their powers by studying their genomes and metabolic capabilities."

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Biraj Kayastha: Ph.D. Student, Patrauchan Lab
From Bhaktapur, Nepal

"It is breathtaking to think how microbes present themselves as single cell models for studying various life processes."


Prakash Sah: Ph.D. Student, Lutter Lab
From: Birgunj, Nepal

"Intracellular survival is intriguing; it's amazing how a tiny creature can manipulate the host to its own benefit."


Amal Yahya: Ph.D. Student, MAP Lab ArchanaYadav3 Archana Yadav: Ph.D. Student, Youssef Lab


Benjamin Nelson, Ph.D. Student, Wozniak Lab Colleen LaForce 3 1 Coleen LaForce, Research Masters Student, Lutter Lab 

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Coryben Berna, Accelerated Masters Student, MAP Lab DEEPALI ACTUAL Deepali Luthra, Ph.D Student, Lutter Lab

Neil Miller: Ph.D. Student, Burnap Lab
From Stillwater, Oklahoma

"The utilization of microorganisms to accomplish a desired process fascinates me and I would like to contribute to understanding how those processes function." 

Microbiology Grad Students Microbiology Grads 0004 Anton Avramov, Ph.D. Student, Burnap Lab
Jie Ren Jie Ren, Ph.D. Student, Hoff Lab JordanSatterfield Jordan Satterfield, Accelerated Masters Student, Lutter Lab