Former lab members

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Jade Chin, Undergraduate Researcher, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Biology

Jade is an Animal and Veterinary Sciences major with a pre-veterinary concentration, originally from Connecticut. She joined the lab in spring 2020 to study leaf silage microbes for her Honors thesis. She plans to study abroad at the University of Glasgow during her senior year and attend their veterinary school after her undergraduate degree.

“The Potential Use Of Tree Leaf Silage For Livestock Nutrition, Including Willow, Drumstick, Mulberry, And Acacia Species.”, 2021, UMaine Honor’s Thesis, High Honors.

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Alexandria Fahey, Master’s of Professional Studies, Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, 2020

Alexandria was studying to earn a Masters of Professional Studies in Microbiology at the University of Maine, Orono. She is interested in learning new techniques to better understand the microbiome and its intersection with human health, and assisted with a variety of projects in the Ishaq lab.

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Nick Hershbine, Undergraduate Researcher, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 2020-2021

Nick is exploring the microbial communities associated with wild Maine blueberry soils in a joint project between Drs. Lily Calderwood and Ishaq.

2020-2021 University of Maine Undergraduate Student Employee of the Year

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Marjorie Killerby, B.S., Master’s of Science, Animal Science, Adviser: Dr. Juan Romero

Marjorie is a Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine originally from Lima, Peru and is currently studying to earn a Masters in Animal Science in the University of Maine, Orono. She defended her master’s in August 2021, and had been researching the effects of novel preservatives on nutritional quality and microbial communities in silage and hay for the dairy industry. I am mentoring Marjorie as a graduate committee member in microbial ecology, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis.

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Tindall Ouverson, B.S., Master’s of Science, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University. Adviser: Drs. Fabian Menalled and Tim Seipel

Tindall graduated in May 2018 with a B.S. in Sustainability Science, summa cum laude, from Furman University in Greenville, SC. She defended her Master’s of Science in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences with Drs. Fabian Menalled and Tim Seipel in July 2021. Specifically, her research focused on the response of soil microbial communities to cropping systems and climate change in semiarid agriculture. I mentored Tindall as a graduate committee member in microbial ecology, DNA sequencing, and bioinformatic analysis.

Temporal soil bacterial community responses to cropping systems and crop identity in dryland agroecosystems of the Northern Great Plains. 

Ouverson, Laura Tindall, “Response Of Soil Bacterial Communities To Cropping Systems, Temporal Changes, And Environmental Conditions In The Northern Great Plains.” 2021. Montana State University. Pp 126.

First prize in the graduate students poster competition at the 2021 Montana State University LRES research colloquium

Alessia Pellegrini, Research Assistant, Westlake High School, Spring 2021

My name is Alessia Pellegrini and I am a senior at Westlake High School. I am an inducted member of my school’s Science National Honor Society, which I was able to achieve through my work for Dr. Sue Ishaq. My work consisted of researching and creating a resource list about scientists from underrepresented groups in the microbiology and technology fields. Continually, I added alternative text to many of the posts on the Ishaq Lab’s website in order to make it more accessible to visually impaired visitors. I plan to study Biology when I begin college this upcoming fall. Most of all, I am excited and honored to be a part of the Ishaq Lab Team!

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Emily Pierce, Undergraduate researcher, Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Jan 2020 – May 2021.

Emily was a Animal and Veterinary Sciences major with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in microbiology from central Vermont. She joined the lab in spring 2020 to study work on culturing rumen cells and the immune factor production after coculturing with microbes. After she finished her undergraduate degree, she headed to Kansas State College of Veterinary Medicine.

2021 CUGR Fellowship

Omar Tavio, Research Assistant, Husson University, 2021

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Evan Warburton, Undergraduate, Microbiology, Fall 2020

Evan Warburton joined the lab for fall 2020 to work on gut microbiology and learn some basic techniques, but discovered a passion for mycology and decided to pursue that interest in a lab more focused on that work.