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Mandy Muller Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst mandymuller@umass.edu
Education: – Damon Runyon Postdoc Fellow , Glaunsinger lab, UC Berkeley, CA, USA
– Ph.D in Virology with Caroline Demeret, Institut Pasteur, Université Paris VII, Paris, France
– Master’s degree in Biology, Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), Lyon, France
Research interests: Oncogenic viruses, RNA decay, Comparative virology.
About me: I was born in the South of France, I always loved Science and was always fascinated by Viruses. When not sciencing in the lab, I like to paint (drawings on this website are all homemade!), hike and bake.

Ashley Cadorette: Junior Undergraduate Student, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Education: Dartmouth High School, Dartmouth, MA
Research Interests: RNA and RNA Modification, Structural Biochemistry, Infectious Diseases
About Me: I grew up in Southeastern Massachusetts in a town called Dartmouth. I have always had a very strong interest in biological applications of chemistry, including the interactions of biomolecules. I am particularly interested in how biomolecules can be used in developing new treatments for infectious diseases. In my spare time I love to run and spend time with my family!

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Angelina Cicerchia Junior Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst acicerchia@umass.edu
Education: -North Andover High School, North Andover MA
-BS of Microbiology candidate at UMass Amherst
General Research Interests: Pathology, Virology
About Me: I grew up in eastern Massachusetts in a town called North Andover. I’ve always had a deep interest in the natural sciences. I am particularly fascinated by microbes and the complexity of these small organisms, as well as their dominating presence in our lives. In my free time I like to cook, hike, and go to the beach.

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Danielle Hoffman  Junior Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology, UMass Amherst drhoffman@umass.edu
Education: – Shrewsbury High School, Shrewsbury, MA
– B.S of Biology and Public Health candidate at UMass Amherst
General Research Interests: Virology, pathology, and Infectious Diseases.
About Me: I was raised in a suburban town outside of Boston, MA called Shrewsbury. I’ve been fascinated with biology for as long as I can remember, which specifically piqued my interest in infectious diseases. In my down time, I love to travel, spend time with my pets, and play the piano.

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Daniel MacVeigh-Fierro Second Year Doctoral Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. dmacveighfie@umass.eduEducation: -B.S. in Biology and Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester MA -Ph.D in Molecular and Cellular Biology Research Interests: RNA-Protein Interactions, RNA modifications, Phase Separations, Structural Biochemistry, Microscopy

About me: I developed an interest in virology lets see my first year of my PhD. I have always had an interest in science ever since I wanted to be a Marine Biologist at 5. It got more serious once I found out about DNA/RNA/proteins and how they make up and control everything. The mechanisms of RNA and protein interactions in viruses fascinate me. Although RNA is a new passion, I desire to understand it fully so I can help people in need of RNA therapies. I have the problem of uncontrollably singing every genre of music wherever I go. Outside of the lab I am an avid reader (does anyone have bookshelves I can take?), gamer, D&D enthusiast, and swimmer.

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Timothy Mehrmann Freshman Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst tmehrmann@umass.edu
Education: Duxbury High School, Duxbury MA -B.S. of Microbiology candidate at UMass Amherst
General Research Interests: Virology, Pathology
About Me: I grew up in a small town in Eastern Massachusetts called Duxbury, on the South Shore. I love to study biology because of the perspective it offers me in my own life, giving scientific explanations for things I see and feel every day. I’m especially fascinated by viruses because of their ability to cause disease, as well as their existence on the line between living and nonliving. In my free time, I love to read, play soccer, and spend time with friends and family.

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Jacob Miles Second Year Masters Student, Department Of Microbiology, UMass Amherst, jmmiles@umass.edu
Education: -Pittsford Mendon High School, Pittsford, NY -B.S. of Forensic Science and B.S. of Biotechnology University of New Haven, New Haven, CT
-M.S. of Microbiology Candidate at UMass Amherst
Research Interests: Bacteriophages (Phage therapy), Viral-Host interactions, Biofilms, Antibiotic Resistance, Gut Flora, Chaperone Proteins, Prions
About Me: My interests in microbiology developed during my undergraduate studies when I was exposed to bacteriophages and biofilms. I currently hope to one day pursue research relating to viral importance in prion based diseases and conditions involving protein plaques, such as Alzheimer’s, as well as the application of bacteriophages in combating the further development of antibiotic resistance and as a means of disrupting biofilms. In my free time I enjoy reading, creative writing, cooking, and miniature painting.

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Isiaha Price Junior Undergraduate student at Amherst College iprice21@amherst.edu
About me: I was raised in a small town in southern Kentucky called Auburn which has a population of less than a thousand people. I am interested in evolutionary virology and viral origination on the tree of life. The nuanced and convoluted nature of the origins of life has been something I have been interested in since AP Biology and learning about the role of viruses in this evolution in college has redoubled my interest in the field. In my free time I love to hike, perform spoken word poetry, and watch Star Trek.

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Carlos J. Reyes-Sepúlveda: NIH Post Baccalaureate Research Education Program Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst, creyessepulv@umass.edu
Education: B.S. in General Biology, University of Puerto Rico – Bayamón, Bayamón, PR
General Research Interests: Virology, Infectious Diseases, Pathogen-Host Interaction, and Molecular Pathogenesis. 
About Me: 
I was born and raised in a town called Santa Juanita located in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. My interest in infectious diseases started to grow during my undergraduate studies when I took microbiology. Therefore, I’d love to study how pathogens interact with humans for a better understanding in their mechanisms to elaborate a good and effective treatment option for the prevention of spreadness. Meanwhile, I love to travel, spend time with loved ones, watch movies or series, and go shopping.

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William Rodriguez Second Year Doctoral Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst, williamrodri@umass.edu
Education:  -B.S. in Biotechnology, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
-Ph.D. in Microbiology Candidate at UMass Amherst, Amherst, MA
Research Interests: Molecular Virology, Viral Immune Evasion, Viral Evolution and Viral Pathogenesis
About Me: I love to describe science as something of a “silent orchestra”, and as a researcher, I have a front row seat to the main performance. My passion for virology stems from my desire to further understand the biological mechanisms by which viruses seize control from their hosts to promote virus continuity. In doing so, I wish to expand our current understanding on the origins of viruses and the evolutionary pressures they both exert and overcome. Outside the lab, I am an avid movie watcher, gamer, and an enthusiast of anime and Japanese culture.

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Stephanie Stephens: Junior Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology and Public Health. Lee-SIP student. stephanieste@umass.edu
Education: Northbridge High School, Northbridge, MA. -B.S in Microbiology and Public Health at UMass Amherst.
General Research Interest: Clinical Pathology, Virology and Medical Microbiology
About Me: I grew up in the western part of Ghana, I have always had a keen interest in microbiology because it is mostly centered around bacteria, viruses, fungi and other living organisms. I love this particular branch of science since it uses various disciplines such as cell biology, biochemistry, ecology and more thus giving the organisms of study different aspects. In my free time, I love sleeping, relaxing and resting. I also love traveling and exploring different countries. 

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Alumni:
Quentin Bethune:Undergraduate Student, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst.  Now Associate Scientist, Upstream Process Development at Pfizer.
Aman Srivastav: Undergraduate Student, Department of Biology, UMass Amherst. Now a Research Associate in the cardiology department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

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