Dr. Sara Sawyer


HOMETOWN:  Olathe, Kansas
PhD:  Cornell University
INTERESTING FACT: My first career was working on offshore oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Vanessa Bauer


HOMETOWN:  Des Moines, Iowa
MS:  Cornell University
INTERESTING FACT: I received a gold medal in snowshoe racing at the Empire State Games (NY).

Will Fattor


HOMETOWN: Black Hawk, Colorado
B.S. DEGREE:  University of Colorado Boulder
INTERESTING FACT: I am licensed to sail monohull boats.

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Dr. Cody Warren

HOMETOWN:  Fountain Valley, California
DEGREES: PhD @ U. Colorado Medical School; Masters of Public Health @ UC Berkeley
INTERESTING FACT:  I used to play college baseball.

NIH HIV Postdoctoral Training Fellow,
NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow
NIH K99 Award

Dr. Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero

HOMETOWN: Torreón, México
DEGREES: PhD @ SUNY Upstate; MSc @ National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico

INTERESTING FACT: I used to capture wild sea lions and howler monkeys for research on microbiology.

Graduate Students

Obaiah Dirasantha

HOMETOWN:  Somasila village, India
B.S. DEGREE:  Indian Institute of Technology
INTERESTING FACT:  I like to sketch human faces

Sharon Wu

HOMETOWN:  Foster City, California
INTERESTING FACT: I used to be a lucid dreamer and could fully control my dreams every night.

Emma Worden-Sapper

HOMETOWN:  Boulder, CO
B.S. DEGREE:  University of Colorado Boulder
INTERESTING FACT:  I once crocheted a model bacteriophage.

Paul Gendler

Hometown: Foster City, California
B.S. Degree: University of California, Santa Barbara
Interesting Fact: I once grew an 8 foot tree from an avocado pit

Makky Mousa-Makky

Hometown: Iowa City, Iowa
B.S. Degree: University of Dubuque
Interesting Fact:I’ve hit a ping pong ball with a bow and arrow from 20 yards away.


Sam Chappell

Hometown: Denver, Colorado
B.S. Degree: University of Colorado, Boulder
Interesting Fact: I once biked 135 miles from San Francisco to Aspen through the Rocky Mountains in 2 days.

Dani Swope

Hometown: Longmont, Colorado
Major: MCDB with minors in classics and philosophy
Interesting Fact: I taught a virtual cooking class during the pandemic, and still record some videos in my spare time

Lab Alumni

Qing Yang, Ph.D.
Postdoc, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Nick Meyerson, Ph.D.
CEO, Darwin BioSciences

Kyle Clark
Scientist, Darwin BioSciences

Alex Stabell, M.D. Ph.D.
Medical resident (Infectious Disease), Columbia University

Emily Feldman, Ph.D.
Scientist, Inscripta

Jeff Hussmann, Ph.D.
Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellow, UCSF

Kyudong Han, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Dankook University, South Korea

Alysia East, D.V.M.
Veterinarian, Austin, TX

Ross McBee, Ph.D.
PhD, Columbia University
Chief Scientific Officer, TOMTEX

Joe Timpona, Ph.D.
Scientist, Stealth NewCo

Alison Gilchrist, Ph.D.
Research scientist, Raabe lab @ NYU Langone School of Medicine

Maryska Kaczmarek, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, EcoHealth Alliance

Scott Kerr, Ph.D.
Global Product Manager, BioFire Diagnostics, Salt Lake City, UT

Paul Rowley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Idaho

Dianne Lou, M.D. Ph.D.
Medical resident (Anesthesiology), Vanderbilt University

Ann Demogines, Ph.D.
Senior Director, BioFire Diagnostics

Elena Judd
PhD Student, U. Washington Seattle