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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.

Yadi Bermudez First Year Doctoral Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst, ybermudez@umass.edu
Education: B.S. in Microbiology, UMass Amherst, MA. -PhD student in Microbiology at UMass Amherst.
Research Interests: Protein-Protein interactions, Molecular biology, Microscopy, Virology, RNA biology, Host-Pathogen interactions. 
About me: I was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.My interest in science intensified once I took my first advanced biology class. I would say my curiosity keeps leading me to investigate the mechanisms of infection pathogens use. As such, I am fascinated in understanding how viruses hijack host cellular processes and manages to evade the immune system. When I am not in the lab, I like to exercise, travel, watch movies, and spent time with family!

Ashley Cadorette: Senior 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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Daniel MacVeigh-Fierro Third Year Doctoral Student, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program. dmacveighfie@umass.edu
Education: -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 Sophomore 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 Research Fellow, 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. in Microbiology, 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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William Rodriguez Third 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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Samantha Schultz: First Year Doctoral Student, Molecular Biology and Cellular Biology Program slschultz@umass.edu
Education: B.S. in Biology and Biochemistry, University of New England
Research Interests: RNA-protein interactions, RNA modifications, structural biochemistry, infectious diseases
About me: I grew up in southeastern Massachusetts in a town called Taunton. Growing up, I had always been fascinated by pathogenic microorganisms and their impact on human health. My interest in viral-host interactions was fully realized during my first year of my Ph.D. I hope to pursue research which investigates viral RNA-protein interactions responsible for evasion and antagonism of host detection. In my free time, I enjoy going sailing, playing with my guinea pigs, and going on mushroom forays in the Amherst area.

Alumni:
Danielle Hoffman: Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst. Heading out to be a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Center for Genomic Medicine at Mass General Hospital
Angelina Cicerchia: Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst.
Isiaha Price: Undergraduate student, Amherst College. Joining the NIH PREP program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Carlos Reyes-Sepúlveda: NIH PREP Student, UMass Amherst. Joining the graduate program of Immunology, Microbiology and Virology at University of Rochester
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 student at TCU School of Medicine in Fort Worth, Texas

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