Welcoming the next round of rotation students

Amid peak fall weather and Halloween celebrations, we welcome the next round of PhD students for their rotation projects in Anderson Lab. Megan from Massachusetts and Stephanie from Maryland have joined us through the Microbiology PhD program at OSU. Welcome, and hope you both have a fantastic time in the lab!

Megan Hill

Studying the human-associated mycobiome
Rotation PhD student (Microbiology)
Clemson University, B.S. in Biochemistry with a double minor in Microbiology and Life Sciences

Stephanie Majernik

Studying the oxidative stress response in aneuploid Candida albicans
Rotation PhD student (Microbiology)
Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Microbiology

CZI Science Diversity Leadership Award to Dr. Anderson

Dr. Matt Anderson has been awarded the Science Diversity Leadership Award by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (in partnership with the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine). Dr. Anderson, who is among the inaugural list of awardees for this award, was awarded this grant for his project entitled “Defining the Microbial Eukaryote Contributions to Rheumatoid Arthritis in American Indians.” This project will identify microbial eukaryotes associated with elevated rheumatoid arthritis incidence in Northern Plains American Indian communities and test taxa for disease outcomes. Congratulations, Matt!


Welcoming new members – Autumn 2022

It is that time of the year when we welcome the first cohort of PhD students doing their rotation projects in Anderson Lab. Caitlin from Oregon and Lieselotte from Belgium have joined us through the Microbiology PhD program at OSU. In addition, we are also joined by our newest undergraduate researcher, Mehrukh Sofi, who is pursuing her bachelors in Neuroscience at OSU. Welcome, everyone, and hope you all have a fantastic time in the lab!

Caitlin Wingerd

Genetics of C. albicans pathogenesis
Rotation PhD student (Microbiology)
Linfield University, B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry

Lieselotte Peeters

Studying the human-associated microbiome
Rotation PhD student (Microbiology)
B.S. in Biomedical Sciences
Masters in Biomedical Sciences, Basic and Translational Research
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

Mehrukh Sofi

Genetics of pathogenesis in Candida albicans
Undergraduate researcher
Bachelors in Neuroscience, The Ohio State University

NIH T32 pre-doctoral fellowship to Audra Crouch

Audra Crouch was awarded a pre-doctoral fellowship under the “Interdisciplinary Program in Microbe-Host Biology” NIH/NIAID T32 Training Grant, jointly administered by the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) and Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity (MI&I) at The Ohio State University. Apart from covering the graduate school stipend, tuition and fees, the fellowship also includes funds for travel to one scientific meeting per year. We congratulate Audra on this very well-deserved recognition of her scientific acumen as a researcher!

End of Summer 2022 update

As Summer 2022 draws to a close and we welcome the Autumn 2022 semester, we are excited to announce a number of updates:

1. Dr. Matthew Anderson received his promotion to Associate Professor with tenure! In the tenure communication, The Ohio State university recognized the excellent services rendered by Dr. Anderson in the areas of teaching, research, and creative activities. Dr. Anderson joined OSU in 2016 and has since mentored (including current lab members) six PhD students, two postdocs, and several lab technicians and undergraduate researchers. Dr. Anderson has also been serving as the co-chair of the Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) committee for the Department of Microbiology. Congratulations on the very well-deserved promotion, Matt!

2. Our lab manager extraordinaire, Anna Mackey, has joined Duke University to start her PhD! While we will sorely miss Anna and her skills and energy in the lab, we are excited for the next steps in her already stellar scientific career. We also bid farewell to our undergraduate researchers, Maria Gabriela Santos and Abigail Ali, after an extremely productive and fun summer. The lab had a farewell barbecue party at Highbanks Metro Park in Lewis Center, OH. Congratulations and good luck, everyone!

3. The lab participated in the 2022 edition of Midwest Neglected Infectious Diseases Meeting at University of Notre Dame. The graduate students (Andrew Woodruff, Emily Simonton, and Dale Lingo) presented posters at the meeting, while Dr. Anderson and Abhishek Mishra (postdoc) presented talks. We had a great time driving down to South Bend, IN, and meeting mycology and parasitology researchers from multiple institutes in the midwest!

Welcoming our new Postdoctoral Scholar

The Anderson Lab extends a warm welcome to Dr. Shahed Shazib, who joined us as a postdoc in June 2022. Shahed completed his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Ulsan (South Korea) and had a postdoctoral stint at Smith College, Northampton (Massachusetts). Among other things, he brings in with him a good deal of phylogenetics experience, making him a great fit for the extended gene family project on TLOs.

Shahed Uddin Ahmed Shazib

Investigating the evolution of individual paralogs within the telomere associated (TLO) gene family and the phenotypic effects of individual TLO genes in Candida albicans.
Post-doctoral Scholar
University of Chittagong, Bangladesh (B. Sc, M. Sc in Microbiology)
University of Ulsan, South Korea (Ph. D in Biological Science)

NIH F31 Award to Andrew Woodruff

Andrew Woodruff has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) from NIH for his proposal entitled:
“Defining the role of the TLO gene family in Candida albicans parasexual processes”

As part of this project, Andrew will study the evolutionarily expanded telomere-associated (TLO) gene family in C. albicans. In addition to examining the overall role of the TLO gene family in white-opaque phenotypic switching, the project also aims to delineate the regulatory impact of individual TLO paralogs on parasexual mating. This project promises to be one of the most comprehensive studies on gene family evolution and diversification in fungal pathogens. We are excited for the fascinating questions being investigated by Andrew and proud of him for developing such an outstanding proposal. Many congratulations, Andrew!

Welcoming our Summer 2022 visitors

With the onset of nice weather in Columbus (finally!) and the sun shining bright, we welcome two very bright summer scholars to the Anderson Lab. Maria joins us from UFRN in Brasil, where she is pursuing her Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences. She will be working towards verifying potential genes involved in C. albicans yeast-to-hyphae transition using the CRISPR-Cas9 system. Abigail joins us from the University of Richmond, where she is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry and Arabic. Her project will focus on characterizing individual TLO genes in C. albicans. Welcome aboard, Maria and Abigail, and we hope you have a fantastic time in the lab and in Columbus this summer!

Maria Gabriela Cunha Lemos dos Santos

Using CRISPR to swap alleles between C. albicans strains to identify genes involved in yeast-hyphal transition.
Visiting Fellow
Bachelors in Biomedical Sciences, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brasil

Abigail Ali

Identifying the effects of individual C. albicans TLO genes via single TLO reinsertions into a complete TLO knockout strain.
Summer Research Assistant
Bachelors in Biochemistry (major) and Arabic (minor), University of Richmond

Welcoming our newest grad student, Dale Lingo

The Anderson Lab extends a warm welcome to Dale Lingo, who has officially joined the lab as a PhD student in March. Dale previously completed his Bachelors in Molecular Genetics at OSU. His project will focus on identifying gene(s) involved in unique phenotypes obtained from clinical isolates of C. albicans. Using a combination of computational and molecular tools, Dale aims to identify the mechanisms by which different isolates have increased anti-fungal properties, hyper-colonization, and differences in virulence. Welcome aboard, Dale!

Dale Lingo

Molecular basis of phenotypic differences in clinical C. albicans strains.
Graduate Student
The Ohio State University, BS in Molecular Genetics