Graduate Students

Rasel Ahmed

Starting Year: 2022

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
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Ema Graham

Starting Year: 2018

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
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Ashley Stengel

Starting Year: 2015

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
Ashley Stengel

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. Rhae Drijber and Dr. Joshua Herr

Research Description:

Ashley’s research applies bioinformatics tools to investigate the ecology of soil microbes in maize agroecosystems.

Ashley joined the CBIO program in Fall 2015 as part of the first cohort.

Amanda Quattrone

Starting Year: 2017

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
Amanda Quattrone

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. Sabrina Russo

Research Description:

I have always been interested in plants and how they interact with their environment. Microbial interactions with the plant system are an extension of this. I am fascinated by the metabolic diversity in microbes, and their physiological mechanisms for survival. Similarly, secondary metabolisms in plants, and mechanisms such as exudation for recruitment of microbes pique my scientific curiosity.

My personal interests also lie in plants. I keep several indoor plants and maximize my patio space with potted plants in the summer. My current favorites are ivies, herbs, and a succulent or two. I also enjoy working with ceramics, playing music, and dancing when I get the chance.

Hugh McCullough

Starting Year: 2018

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
Hugh McCullough

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. Auchtung

Research Description:

He is a member of the Auchtung Laboratory and is working with simplified bacterial communities and bioreactors to investigate how starvation and nutrient rescue shape community structure over time.

 In his undergraduate studies he became interested in the gut microbiome largely due to its complexity and the growing implications it has with health. Following his undergraduate studies, he came to the University of Nebraska - Lincoln to pursue a PhD in the Complex Biosystems program in the Nebraska Food for Health Center.

Armando Lerma Fuentes

Starting Year: 2020

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
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Nate Korth

Starting Year: 2017

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
Nate Korth

Laboratory Association(s):

Dr. Andrew Benson

Research Description:

Characterizing associations of naturally occurring components in food crops and the human gut microbiome. Utilizing genetic variation and manipulation in grains to assess their effects on the human gut microbiome and further use those responses as a breeding trait for crops. Providing tools to the agriculture sector to improve nutritional aspects of crops which will aid in the long term prevention of microbiome associated diseases in the new movement of food for health.

Alison Neujahr

Starting Year: 2020

Program Specialization:

Microbial Interactions
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