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Current Graduate Students

Jonathan Crider

Jonathan Crider

  • Research Focus:
    Catfish NK like receptors, their gene expression and regulation in macrophages and dendritic cells
  • B.S., Harding U. ‘15
  • Hometown: Smithfield, VA
Dipanwita Mitra

Dipanwita Mitra

  • Research Focus:
    Human cytomegalovirus entry and replication
  • B.S., U. of Calcutta, India ‘13
  • M.S., U. of Calcutta, India ‘15
  • Hometown: Kolkata, India
Iftekhar Rafiqulla

Iftekhar Rafiqulla

  • Research Focus:
    Bioinformatics for Genomic Prediction of Complex Microbial Traits
  • B.S., U. of Dhaka ‘07
  • M.S., U. of Dhaka ‘08
  • Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Courtney Daley

Courtney Daley

  • Research Focus:
    Peptide signaling in pneumococcal virulence
  • B.S. William Carey University ‘13
  • Hometown: Carson, MS
Kathryn Hellmann

Kathryn Hellmann

  • Research Focus:
    Metagenomics of preterm infant skin
  • B.S., U. Pittsburgh’15
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Kristianna Saelens

Kristianna Saelens

  • Research Focus:
    Catfish Toll-like receptors in anti-viral responses
  • B.S. Berry College ’17
  • Hometown: Cordova, MD
Mary Carr

Mary Carr

  • Research Focus:
    Substrate specificity and roles of bacterial proteases in infection
  • B.S. Mississippi University for Women’19
  • Hometown: Marietta, GA
Poonam Sharma

Poonam Sharma

  • Research Focus:
    Cell surface glycosaminoglycans as virus attachment receptors
  • M.B.B.S., India’09
  • M.D. (Doctor of Medicine), India’14
  • Hometown: Ulhasnagar, India
Anna Scasny

Anna Scasny

  • Research Focus:
    Molecular pathogenesis of pneumococcal disease
  • BS, Biomedical Engineering Mississippi State’19
  • Hometown: Villa Rica, GA
Christian Yu

Christian Yu

  • Research Focus:
    Virus infection and cell death
  • B.A. Chemistry, Rice University’15
  • M.S. Biomedical Sciences, UMMC’19
  • Hometown: Madison, MS

First Year Students

William Lawson

William Lawson

  • B.S., Mississippi College
  • M.S., Mississippi College
Alex Medders

Alex Medders

  • B.S. University of Mississippi
  • M.S., UMMC
John Crawford

John Crawford

  • B.S., University of Florida