Alumni from the Wright Lab

Research Specialists

Bradley Nanna (2019 - 2020)
B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology @ Liberty University

Brad was a Research Specialist working on the maintenance of vancomycin resistance by Staphylococcus aureus. He is excited about learning how genomes adapt to newly acquired genetic information and vice versa. Brad now has a position at Eastern Carolina University.
Krizia-Ivana Udquim (2019 - 2020)
MPhil Applied Biological Anthropology @ University of Cambridge
B.S. Biological Sciences; BA Cultural Anthropology @ University of Maryland - Baltimore County

Krizia was a Research Specialist working on acquisition of Zerbaxa resistance by Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Krizia left the Wright lab to enter medical school at the University of Florida.


Caroline Birer (2018 - 2020)
PhD Molecular Ecology @ University of French Guiana
M.S. Chemistry @ Paris-Sud University
PharmD @ Clermont Auvergne University

Caroline was a postdoc studying intercellular communication in the microbiome using small molecule mass spectrometry. In the Wright lab she developed a custom 3D printed platform for high-throughput interrogation of intercellular signaling molecules. She left the Wright lab to become an Assistant Professor at the University of Tours in France.
Travis De Wolfe (website) (2018 - 2020)
Ph.D. Food Science @ UW-Madison
M.S. Comparative Biomedical Sciences @ UW-Madison
B.S. Natural Sciences @ UW-Madison

Dr. Travis De Wolfe is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research funded Postdoctoral Fellow with the Department of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia where his research interests include inflammatory bowel diseases, host-microbe interactions, and ecology of the gut microbiome. Before joining the University of British Columbia he was awarded a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Traineeship (T15) through the Department of Biomedical Informatics to work in the Wright Lab on optimization of high-throughput workflows for microbiome data collection and bioinformatic analysis. His goal as a health researcher is to use translational science and biomedical informatics to better understand the role of the gut microbiome in modulating mammalian health.

Graduate Students

Deepank Korandla (2017 - 2019)
M.S. Computational Biology @ Carnegie Mellon University
B.A. Biology @ Carnegie Mellon University

Deepank was a student in the Master’s in Computational Biology program at Carnegie Mellon University. In the Wright lab he developed machine learning approaches for finding genes in genomes, and through this experience learned how to solve computational problems at the intersection of biology and genomics. After graduation, Deepank accepted a position as a bioinformatician at Kintai Therapeutics and is now working at Merck in Boston.
Lauren Rost (2018 - 2019)
Biomedical Informatics Fellow @ University of Pittsburgh
B.A. Biology @ St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Lauren completed her M.S. in Biomedical Informatics while in the Wright lab. Her research involved analyzing antibiotic prescription guidelines for best stewardship practices.

Undergraduate Researchers

Aidan Lakshman (2019 - 2020)
B.S. Mathematics @ University of Central Florida

Aidan interned with the Wright Lab as part of the University of Pittsburgh Research Training Program. His work involved using algebraic rearrangement theory to identify large-scale genome mutations in prokaryotes. Aidan is now a PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Pitt.
Nithya Narayanan (2019 - 2020)
M.S. Bioengineering @ University of Pittsburgh

Nithya was an undergraduate studying Bioengineering at Pitt. Her work involved developing culturing methods for microorganisms isolated from soil. After graduating, Nithya entered the NIH Post-bac IRTA program at the Histology Core Lab in the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is now doing research on multiplexing neural imaging techniques.
Adithya Murali (2017)
B.A. Computer Science @ University of Wisconsin-Madison

Adithya was a Computer Science student at UW-Madison who performed research during summer 2017 in the Wright Lab. He developed machine learning approaches to improving taxonomic classification of phylogenetic marker sequences. Along the way, he learned a lot about microbial ecology and plans to continue studying bioinformatics as a graduate student someday. After graduating he started a job in investment banking at Deutsche Bank.
Vibha Reddy (2018)
Ohio State University

Vibha was an undergraduate student pursuing her BS in Neuroscience and BA in Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University. As a summer researcher in the Wright lab, she is assembling artificial communities of isolates from the human gut microbiome. After graduating she plans to go to back to school to study biomedical sciences.