Natalie Solonenko, Laboratory Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Natalie joined the Sullivan lab in September 2010. She earned her Master’s Degree in Integrative Biology from the University of South Carolina in 2009 exploring olfactory development in insects. After working a year in the Virology Lab at the Texas Department of State Health Services, she decided to return to the world of research to assist Drs. Duhaime and Holmfeldt with their work.
Ben Bolduc, PhD, Computational Scientist email@example.com
Ben joined the Sullivan lab in 2015 from Montana State University, where his biochemistry PhD focused on bioinformatic and wet lab approaches to study RNA viruses in Yellowstone National Park. In the Sullivan Lab, he has continued his bioinformatic training by assisting in the development of iVirus, a project to make commonly used viral metagenomic informatics tools available to the community. He also works on creating tools specifically for analyzing viral metagenomic datasets in terms of taxonomic and functional annotations where no references exist, as well as aiding in the study of novel viruses out of permafrost in Abisko, Sweden. Finally, his work extends to development of large-scale, collaborative databases to serve as a data repository and analysis tool for a wide array of complex datasets. Together, these projects seek to uncover the nature of viruses in natural ecosystems and ultimately their intimate relation with their hosts.
Lauren Chittick, Research Technician firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren joined the Sullivan Lab in December 2012 as an undergraduate assistant on Ann Gregory’s quantitative host-range of cyanophages. She graduated from University of Arizona in 2014 with a BS in Biology with a biomedical emphasis. Her current focus is on developing viral tagging methods with Dr. Ho Bin Jang.
Marie Burris, Research Technician email@example.com
Marie joined the Sullivan lab in September 2018. She graduated from Ohio State University with a BS in Microbiology. She worked in the Wilkins lab prior to her graduation primarily on the anaerobic isolation and culturing of bacterial species from hydraulic fracturing wells.