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
duhaimem@umich.edu

Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor

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 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 Rachel Cable   
Research Technician
cabler@umich.edu


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


Research Interests: Developing novel microscopy techniques to quantitatively study viral infection in aquatic ecosystems.
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.
Kaitie Benedek   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2018
Major: PitE / Minor: EEB
kbenedek@umich.edu

Research Interests: Ecology of plastic-dwelling microbes in the Mediterranean Sea
Eric Bastien   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2018
Major: Biophysics
gbastien@umich.edu

Research Interests: The viruses of Lake Erie's toxic bloom-forming cyanobacterium, 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
Andrew Wong   
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2020
Major: Environmental Engineering
andrwong@umich.edu

Research Interests: Nanoplastic pollution in the environment, with the Banazak-Holl Lab

  • Lab Alumni

  • Kat 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