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. 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.

Dr. Adetunji (Tunji) Adesina

HOMETOWN: Ibadan, Nigeria
DEGREES: PhD, MSc @ Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

INTERESTING FACT: I am fascinated by the human mind; if I wasn’t a virologist, I would be a psychologist.

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 just took first place in my division in the Head of the Charles!

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.

Lab Alumni

Cody Warren, MPH, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Ohio State University

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

Nick Meyerson, Ph.D.
CEO, Darwin BioSciences, Boulder, CO

Kyle Clark
Scientist, Darwin BioSciences, Boulder, CO

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

Emily Feldman, Ph.D.
Scientist, Inscripta, Boulder, CO

Jeff Hussmann, Ph.D.
Scientist, Prime Medicine, Boston, MA

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

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

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

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

Ann Demogines, Ph.D.
Senior Director, BioFire Diagnostics, Salt Lake City, UT

Joe Timpona, Ph.D.
Scientist, Stealth NewCo, Boston, MA

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

Maryska Kaczmarek, Ph.D.
Scientist, EcoHealth Alliance, New York, NY

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

Elena Judd
PhD Student, U. Washington Seattle

Ross McBee, Ph.D.