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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 Second 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!

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Adriana Garber Freshman Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst adrianagarbe@umass.edu
About me: I am from Winchester Massachusetts, and have always had a passion for biology. Today, I am particularly interested in pathogenesis as well as the incredible tools viruses have to evade the immune system and optimize their replication. In my free time I like to spend time in the gym, watch movies, and go hiking.

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Arielle Gray Junior Undergraduate Student, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst amgray@umass.edu 
Education:  Haverford High School, Havertown PA 
Research Interests:  Infectious Diseases, Virology, PathologyAbout Me: I grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I really enjoy Microbiology because I get to gain a better understanding of the structures and functions of viruses. I am interested in the causation of viruses that occur in the body from development to transmission. On my free time outside of school I like to exercise, cook, travel, and listen to music!

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Daniel MacVeigh-Fierro Fourth 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 Junior 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 First Year Doctoral 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. 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 Fourth 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: To me, science is like a “silent orchestra”, and as a researcher, I have a front row seat to the main performance. My love for viruses stems from an appreciation of their masterful takeover of the host cell, a feat that mirrors hundreds upon thousands of years of co-evolution. As a virologist, I strive to expand our understanding of how viruses have evolved to overcome and even adapt innate host defenses to facilitate viral replication. Outside the lab, I an avid movie watcher,a gamer, and an anime enthusiast.

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Samantha Schultz: Second 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:
Ashley Cadorette: Undergraduate Student, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, UMass Amherst. Now a nursing assistant at St Anne’s Hospital.
Danielle Hoffman: Undergraduate Student, Department of Microbiology, UMass Amherst. Now 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. Now in the NIH PREP program at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Carlos Reyes-Sepúlveda: NIH PREP Student, UMass Amherst. Now in 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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