Duhaime Lab
Ecological Genomics of Environmental Microbes

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Michigan

Lab Members and Collaborators
mbd Melissa B. Duhaime   view CV view CV

Principal Investigator, Assistant Research Scientist

Research Interests:
  • microbe-virus-environment interactions
  • developing bioinformatic approaches to study the evolution and ecology of environmental viruses
  • impact of microplastics on Great Lakes ecosystem health
  • plastic-microbe associations in aquatic systems
mbd Kat Wiles   
Graduate student

Kat recently graduated from Humboldt State University where she studied the biogeography of thermoacidophilc bacteria from Lassen Volcanic National Park with Patricia Siering.

Research Interests: Using aquatic microplastic debris as models to study principles of microbial ecology, including community assembly, trophic cascades, biogeochemical cycling, and (micro) island biogeography.
mbd Sierra McClain   
Graduate student, Eastern Michigan University

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

Research Interests: Conservation; hand-picking microplastics out of the Great Lakes, one piece at a time.
brendan Brendan Locke   
Research Technician

Research Interests: Developing and assessing methods to study microplastics in aquatic ecosystems.
mbd Michelle Berry   
Research Technician

Research Focus: The woman-power behind the collaborative Lake Erie Microcystis project. In addition to coordinating and carrying out the field work, her role in the Duhaime Lab is to lead Microcystis virus investigations, including virus isolation and viral metagenomics to better understand infection dynamics during blooms.
mbd Greg Boehm    view CV view CV
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2016
Major: Program in the Environment

Research Interests: Exploring the physical structure of biofilms of ocean and Great Lakes plastic using scanning electron microscopy and the community structure of organisms making up the biofilms using 16S rRNA gene tag sequencing.
mbd Alexi Schnur    view CV view CV
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2017
Majors: Ecol and Evol Biology, Astronomy

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.
Paulina Paulina Devlin   view CV view CV
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2016
Major: Biochemistry

Research Interests: Isolation and novel microscopy approaches to study viruses infecting Lake Erie Microcystis to better understand infections during seasonal blooms.
Shudhum Shubhum Sidhar    view CV view CV
Undergraduate Researcher, Class of 2016
Major: Biology
Minors: Music, Program in the Environment

Research Interests: Quantifying and identifying plastic micro-debris across the Great Lakes to assess ecosystem threat.

  • Lab Alumni

  • Vinnie Vinnie Gupta, University of Michigan
  • Melissa Melissa Freeland, University of Michigan
  • Emma Emma Borjigin-Wang, Harvard University
  • Nicole Nicole Dear, MPH graduate student, University of Michigan
  • 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