Former lab members

 

 

 

 

Alexander W. Smith, B. S., Graduate student (CMB, UAB)(Co-mentor)

B. S. 1996. Biology
Ph.D. 2001. Microbiology, University at Alabama at Birmingham,

Alex was in Dr. Briles' laboratory when I joined as a post-doctoral fellow in 2000. Together we worked out the mechanism of how DLDH affects virulence by affecting sugar uptake and changing metabolism.

After he received his PhD in 2001, he went to Dental School at Tufts University, Boston and graduates first in his class. He then moved to Denver Colorado and now owns his own dental practice.

 

Hazeline

Hazeline Hakansson, Ph. D., Research Assistant Professor (2006-2014)

B. Sc., University at Buffalo, India
M. A., Univeristy of Mannitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
Ph. D. 2002, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL

 

Robert

 

 

 

Robert E. Tyx, B. S., B. A., Graduate student (IGPBS) (2007-2011)

B. S. 1996. Environmental Studies, University at Buffalo, SUNY
B. A. 2006. Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo, SUNY
Ph.D. 2011. Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Robert joined my laboratory together with Emily as my first graduate students in the Fall of 2007. Robert was the undisputed cloning master of the laboratory, and is by the way, really good at solving complex puzzles.

He worked on the role of DLDH in pneumococcal pathogenesis and developed the project wonderfully that awared him:
1. The Corporate Activities Program Student Travel Grant to go to The 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, 2008,
2. The Young Scientist Travel Award to travel to the 3rd FEMS Congress of European Microbiologists in Gothenburg, Sweden, 2009
3. Trainee of the T32 NIH training grant administered by the Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology (2009-2011).
4. Recipient. Eugene Gorzynski Travel Award. Department of Microbilogy and Immunology, Univeristy at Buffalo 2011.

Robert did a post-doctoral fellowship in Dr Charles Moran's laboratory at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
He is currently a Senior Biologist at the CDC in Atlanta, GA

Emily

 

 

 

 

 

Emily A. Clementi, Graduate student (IGPBS) (2007-2013)

B. S. 2005. Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA
M. T. (ASCP). 2005. School of Medical Technology, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA
Ph.D. 2013. Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Emily joined the laboratory together with Robert as my first graduate students in the Fall of 2007. She worked with the HAMLET project studying the early triggering events of bacterial death, including the interaction of HAMLET with cell wall components and the ion transport events triggered by HAMLET in bacteria.

Emily was very successful with her work and received several awards, including:
1. The Erwin Neter Award for Outstanding Graduate Research (Best poster presentation) at the Western NY American Society for Microbiology meeting, 2008.
2. The Richard and Mary Finkelstein Student Travel Grant to go to The 109th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology, 2009,
3. She was a trainee of the T32 NIH training grant administered by the Witebsky Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology 2008-2010.
4. Most recently she was awarded an F31 NRSA Fellowship from NIH, NIDCD.

 

 

 

Laura Marks, Graduate student (MSTP) (2010-2013)

B. A. 2008. Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA.
B. S. 2008. Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA.
Ph.D. 2013. Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo, SUNY.

Laura started her PhD portion of her MD/PHD program in July 2010. During her studies she focused on the role of biofilm formation during colonization and how colonization transitions to infection. She was also involved and established methodology and produced lots of results investigating the downstream mechanisms of HAMLET-induced death of pneumococci.

Laura has been very prolific in her work with several publications and has recieved two major awards for her research:
1. Winner of the Sigma Xi Graduate Student Poster competition, Sigma Xi, Univeristy at Biuffalo Graduate Schoo 2012.
2. The Erwin Neter Award for Outstanding Graduate Research (Best poster presentation) at the Western NY American Society for Microbiology meeting, 2012.

 

 

 

 

Cara Clementi, Graduate student (PPBS) (Co-mentor) (2007-2013)

B. S. 2005. Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA
M. T. (ASCP). 2005. School of Medical Technology, Abington Memorial Hospital, Abington, PA
Ph.D. 2013. Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Cara started her PhD together with her sister Emily and worked in Dr Timothy Murphy's laboratory. There she focused on the intracellular trafficking of Haemophilus influenzae inside epithelial cells using many of the techniques I developed in Dr Wessel's laboratory. The studies led to a joint paper in Infection and Immunity.

Cara's work has resulted in several major awards for her research:
1. The Erwin Neter Award for Outstanding Graduate Research (Best poster presentation) at the Western NY American Society for Microbiology meeting, 2011.
2. The Stinson award for best thesis, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, 2013.

Ryan Ryan Reddinger, Graduate student (PPBS) (2010-2016)

B.Sc. 2010 Biological Sciences, University at Buffalo
Ph.D. 2016 Microbiology and Immunology, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Ryan joined our laboratory in Fall 2012 and will how pneumococci behave when growing together with other potential respiratory bacteiral pathogens or normal flora and how respiratory viruses affect the transition to disease under these multispecies conditions.

 

Lindsey Ellis, Research Technician.

B. A. Canisius College, Buffalo, NY

Lindsey joined us in September 2009 and left in early 2010.

 

Daniel Metzger, Research Technician.

B. S. 1991. Biotechnology, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY

Dan joined us in September 2010 as a research technician and developed the dental caries project, and moved on to work with Dr. Tom Russo in 2011 and is currently working at Roswell Park.