Graduate Students

Jingjie Du, PhD Student

Jingjie received her B.S. degree  from Sun Yet-sen University, Guangzhou, China in 2017. Her collegiate research focused on interactions between viruses (ZIKA virus) and the hosts, along with some projects concerning microRNA and cancer. Currently she is looking at whether marine viruses are great predictors for carbon flux in Tara GOV.2.0.



SSolonenkoSergei Solonenko, PhD Student
Sergei joined the Sullivan Lab in Spring of 2011. He is a graduate student in Evolution Ecology & Organismal Biology, and his interests include the impact of new sequencing technologies on viral metagenomics and the use of metagenomics for inference of evolutionary processes.




VikDean Vik, PhD Student
Dean joined the Sullivan Lab in Fall 2014 from his undergraduate degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He is very interested in virus-host interactions as they influence microbial evolution and large scale ecosystem functions such as oceanic nutrient cycling. His present focus is on Archaeovirus biogeography in oxygen minimum zones.



Ahmed Zayed, PhD student
Ahmed joined the Sullivan Lab in Spring 2017 after he had finished his master and undergraduate degrees at Cairo University, Egypt. He is very interested in using multi-omics to study microbial communities and co-existing phages in their environments while focusing on phages’ modulation of community dynamics and hence the ecosystem biogeochemistry.



Liu Yunxiao, PhD student
Yunxiao joined the Sullivan Lab in Spring 2017 after he graduated from Peking University in China. He’s been working on bacterial responses to osmotic shocks as well as culturing uncultivable bacteria during his undergraduate research. He takes particular interest in how bacteria defend themselves against environmental challenges, including phage infections, and how to utilize their stress responses to develop future therapies.



Kylie Zane MD/PhD student

Kylie received a BA in Biology at the University of Chicago before moving to Columbus in 2017 to join the MD/PhD program at Ohio State. After a year as a teaching assistant for courses in proteomics and GWAS, she became interested in using metagenomics to understand the non-human species that cohabit within us by examining the viral communities that inhabit the human gut and their effect on human health and disease.

Dylan Cronin Dylan Cronin,   PhD student Dylan Cronin attended Bowling Green State University with a dual major in Computer Science and Biology with a specialization in Marine and Aquatic Sciences, where Dylan first found his interest in aquatic microbial ecology. Currently, he is interested in applying ‘omics data to examine global ocean phage ecology as well as studying viruses and their impact on the Pacific coral reefs.


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