Duhaime Lab
Ecological Genomics of Aquatic Viruses

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan


Duhaime Lab Team
mbd Melissa B. Duhaime   view CV view CV
Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor
duhaimem@umich.edu

B.A., Microbiology, Cornell University
M.Sc., Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Ph.D., Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Postdoc, Sullivan Lab, University of Arizona

Research Interests:
  • 'omics approaches to study the ecology and evolution of microbial viruses in nature
  • modeling virus-host interactions using ecological networks
  • microbiome of plastic pollution
mbd Rachel Cable   
Research Technician
B.S., University of Texas, Austin
M.Sc., University fo Michigan
cabler@umich.edu


Research Interests: Conservation; hand-picking microplastics out of the Great Lakes, one piece at a time.
mbd Rachna Pannu   
Research Technician
B.S. Michigan State University
rpannu@umich.edu


Research Interests: Developing novel microscopy techniques to quantitatively study viral infection in aquatic ecosystems.
mbd Jordan Gumm   
Research Computer Specialist, Bioinformatician
MSc, Computer Science, Central Michigan Univ
BS, Computer Science and Philosophy, Central Michigan Univ
gumm@umich.edu

Research Interests: microbial omics pipeline development, machine learning
mbd Brittan Scales, MPH, PhD   
Postdoctoral Researcher, T32 Sponsored Research Fellow
Ph.D. Microbiology and Immunology, University of Michigan
M.P.H. Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, UC Berkeley
B.S. Microbiology, UCLA
britstar@umich.edu

Research Interests: Ecological genomics of microbial biofilms on plastic debris in the Great Lakes and their potential environmental and public health impacts.
mbd Sierra McClain   
Graduate student, Eastern Michigan University
smcclai3@emich.edu

Research Interests: Sierra's thesis project entails the development of high-resolution microscopy techniques to visually track intracellular dynamics of viral infections. She is developing these techniques in a marine model phage-host system, Pseudoalteromonas.

Sierra plans to study astrobiology and microbial life in extreme environments in her next bout of graduate school.
mbd Morgan Lindback   
Graduate student, Ecol and Evol Biology
BA, Marine Sciences, University of New England morglind@umich.edu

Research Interests: Ocean sciences, microbiology, ecology and evolution of ocean viruses.
A.J. Wing   
Graduate student, Ecol and Evol Biology
MSc, Biology, Central Michigan University BS, Biology, Central Michigan University ajwing@umich.edu

Research Interests: In the works! Ecology and evolution of aquatic viruses.
mbd Alexi Schnur   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2018
Majors: Ecol and Evol Biology, Astronomy
aschnur@umich.edu

Research Interests: The role of viruses in Lake Erie Microcystis bloom dynamics through culturing, novel virus isolation, and electron microscopy to better understand the mechanisms of infection within a colony and across a blooming population.
Eric Bastien   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2018
Major: Biophysics
gbastien@umich.edu

Research Interests: Exploring the impact of nutrient limitation on viral infection at single-cell resolution using FIB-SEM and the marine Pseudoalteromonas model system.
mbd Varun Biddanda   
Undergraduate Researcher, Cornell University
vbidd@umich.edu

Research Interests: Ecology of plastic-dwelling microbes in the Mediterranean Sea
Alec Flores   
Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, Santa Barbara Community College
alecflores23@gmail.com

Research Interests: Ocean viruses and the biological carbon pump, Pseudoalteromonas model system development
mbd Isaac Klimasmith   
Doris Duke Conservation Scholar, Wesleyan University
iklimasmith@wesleyan.edu

Research Interests: Ecology of viruses infecting the bloom-forming toxic algae, Microcystis
Katie Klier   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2018
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
klierkm@umich.edu

Research Interests: Developing novel microscopy techniques to study viral infection in ocean particle-associated bacterium, Pseudoalteromonas
Payton Watt   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2018
Major: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
pw@umich.edu

Research Interests: Developing novel microscopy techniques to study viral infection in ocean particle-associated bacterium, Pseudoalteromonas
Aaron Adiwidjaja   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2020
Major: Environmental Engineering
aadiwi@umich.edu

Research Interests: The viruses of Lake Erie's toxic bloom-forming cyanobacterium, Microcystis
Yi (Sally) Qiu   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2020
Major: Environmental Engineering
yiqiu@umich.edu

Research Interests: The viruses of Lake Erie's toxic bloom-forming cyanobacterium, Microcystis

  • Lab Alumni

  • Kaitie Kaitie Benedek, UM PiTE '17, Wyoming State Forestry intern
  • Andrew Wong, UM Environmental Engineering '20
  • Brendan Brendan Locke
  • Kat Kat Wiles
  • Kat Michelle Berry
  • Kat Greg Boehm, Senior Educator, California Science Center
  • Kat Paulina Devlin, MSc student Univ Michigan
  • Kat Shubhum Sidhar
  • Vinnie Vinnie Gupta, University of Michigan
  • Melissa Melissa Freeland, University of Michigan
  • Emma Emma Borjigin-Wang, Harvard University
  • Nicole Nicole Dear, MPH, CDC fellow
  • Gabriel Gabriel Vargas Asensio, PhD student Univ of Chicago
  • Cody Cody Sheik, Assist Prof Univ of Minnesota-Duluth
  • Sarah Sarah Halperin, grad student UCSB, Bren School Env Sci & Man