Meet Our Team

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Miscellaneous Members

iGEM Students

Working in The Lab

Graduate Students

Ali Ebrahimpour

Visiting Graduate Student (2019)

Ali joined the Peccoud Lab as a visiting graduate student in 2019 while pursuing his PhD in Computer Science at Colorado State University. He is interested in Bioinformatics and Machine Learning. His master’s thesis introduced a novel method to compute the similarity of two labeled networks which can be applied to the problems that involve graph (network) structures, such as genome co-assembly, clustering genomes into genera, etc. He also has some experience in differential gene expression analysis and RNA-RNA interaction prediction.

Sarah Condio

Graduate Student (2019)

Sarah joined the group in August 2018. After doing a senior design project on small-scale insulin production, she began learning the techniques that could make this vision a reality while working in the lab.

Sarah completed a Master’s in biomedical engineering at Colorado State University in May of 2019.

Aubrey Ibele

Graduate Student (2018)

Aubrey Ibele earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Gonzaga University and a master’s degree bioengineering and biomedical engineering from Colorado State University. Aubrey spent time in the Peccoud lab as a graduate student until she graduated in 2018 at which point she became the laboratory manager until March 2020.

Greg Purdy

Visiting Graduate Student (2015)

Greg Purdy got his bachelor’s degree in industrial manufacturing and engineering at Oregon State University and his PhD in industrial and systems engineering at Virginia Tech. Greg was a visiting graduate student from September 2012 until May 2015. He worked on DNA manufacturing and contributed to a publication on applying manufacturing system analysis techniques to genetic manufacturing systems.

Matthew Lux

Doctoral Student (2013)

Matthew Lux got a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology from Virginia Tech. As a doctoral student, Dr. Lux studied synthetic biology in the Peccoud Lab from May 2008 through May 2013. During that time, Dr. Lux contributed to six different publications.

Laura Adam

Doctoral Student (2013)

Laura Adam got a PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology from Virginia Tech. As a doctoral student, Dr. Adam studied computational synthetic biology and biosecurity in the Peccoud lab from August 2009 through August 2013. During that time, Dr Adam’s co-authored five publications.

Céline Menézo-Schlosser

Visiting Graduate Student (2013)

Céline Menézo-Schlosser was a visiting student in the lab working on the development of GenoCAD from June 24th to September 6th, 2013

Nadine Reischmann

Visiting Graduate Student (2012)

Nadine Reischmann got a bachelor’s degree in synthetic biology and a master’s degree in biomedical sciences from The University of Freiburg in Germany. While completing her master’s degree, Nadine was a visiting student in the Peccoud lab in 2012.

George McArthur

Visiting Graduate Student (2011)

George McArthur got his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Virginia and his PhD in chemical engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a visiting student in the Peccoud lab from April 1st to August 1st 2011.

Yizhi (Patrick) Cai

Doctoral Student (2010)

Yizhi Cai got a PhD in the Genetics, Bionformatics, and Computational Biology Program from Virginia Tech. He studied computational synthetic biology in the Peccoud lab from January 2007 to May 2010. During that time, Patrick contributed to six publications.

Sarah Zheng

Doctoral Student (2010)

Sarah Zheng pursued a PhD in Genetics, Bioinformatics, Computational Biology in the Peccoud lab at Virginia Tech from July 2008 until March 2010.

Rebecca Shelton

Visiting Graduate Student (2007)

Rebecca Shelton got a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Tennessee and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech. Rebecca spent time in the Peccoud lab as a graduate student between January and September of 2007.

Undergraduate Students

Kevin Nurzynski-Loth

Undergraduate Student (2019)

Kevin majored in Biochemistry at Colorado State University. He began in the Peccoud lab starting in January 2019.

Eric Kudlow

Undergraduate Student (2017)

Eric Kudlow majored in chemical engineering at Colorado State University. He began researching in the Peccoud lab starting in September 2016. He was working to develop software for analyzing yeast mutants in order to build improved models of the cell cycle.

Eric passed away unexpectedly on November 3, 2017. It is our hope that his valuable contributions will soon be memorialized in a publication.

For his warmth, kindness, and dedication, Eric is deeply missed.

Alex Kosminski

Undergraduate Student (2017)

Alex Kosminski was an undergraduate student at Colorado State double majoring in chemical engineering and biochemical engineering. Alex worked in the lab from 2016 to 2017. She was interested in the manufacturing of biologics, particularly insulin and co-authored a manuscript on the topic.

Sarah Alfieri

Undergraduate Student (2016)

Sarah Alfieri was an undergraduate student at Colorado State University majoring in biochemisty with a minor in biomedical sciences. Alex worked in the lab in 2016.

Ian Babb

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Ian Babb majored in biological science at Virginia Tech. Ian worked in the Peccoud lab as an undergraduate from September until December, 2015.

Hunter Haynie

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Hunter Haynie majored in biological engineering at Virginia Tech. Hunter worked as an undergraduate in the Peccoud Lab from September to December, 2015.

Ryan Marano

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Ryan Marano completed a bachelor’s degree at Virginia Tech in biological systems engineering in 2017. Ryan worked as an undergraduate student in the Peccoud lab from September until December, 2015.

Logan Schuck

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Logan Schuck earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech. Logan worked in the Peccoud lab as an undergraduate from September 2012 through September 2015. During his time in the Peccoud lab, Logan worked on modeling of the cell cycle and co-authored four publications.

Logan Schuck

Undergraduate Student (2015)

Logan Schuck earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech. Logan worked in the Peccoud lab as an undergraduate from September 2012 through September 2015. During his time in the Peccoud lab, Logan worked on modeling of the cell cycle and co-authored four publications.

Heather LaFrance

Undergraduate Student (2014)

Heather LaFrance earned a bachelor’s degree in microbiology from Virginia Tech and a post-baccalaureate certificate in laboratory science from Sentara RMH School of Medical Laboratory Science. Heather worked in the Peccoud lab as an undergraduate student from September 2013 through May 2014.

Tad Kolterman

Undergraduate Student (2013)

Tad Kolterman got a bachelor’s degree in biological systems engineering at Virginia Tech. Tad worked as an undergaduate in the Peccoud lab in 2013.

Andrew Lee

Undergraduate Student (2013)

Andrew Lee earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. Andrew working in the Peccoud lab as an undergraduate in 2013.

Miscellaneous Members

Jenna Gallegos

Postdoc (2019)

Jenna Gallegos worked in the Peccoud Lab as a postdoc from 2017 to 2019. Jenna got her PhD in plant biotechnology at UC Davis. Her postdoc focused on high-throughput yeast genetics and developing tools for strain and sequence verification.

Neil Adames

Research Scientist (2019)

Neil Adames is a research scientist and worked in the Peccoud lab from April 2012 until February 2019. Neil has a PhD in Molecular Genetics and has been a full-time researcher since 1990. While working in the lab Neil primarily generating new combinations of yeast cell cycle mutants and characterizing their phenotypes to compare these to phenotype predictions from mathematical models.

Anca Selariu

Research Coordinator (2019)

Anca Selariu earned a PhD in integrative biomedical sciences from Rutgers University. Anca worked on managing ongoing research projects and lead the development of new research proposals while working as a research coordinator in Peccoud lab from September 2018 until January 2019.

Jenny Harding

Research Coordinator (2018)

Jenny Harding has bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and over twenty years of grants management and proposal submission experience. As the research coordinator for the Peccoud group from May 2017 to May 2018 Jenny focused on grant opportunities, grant management, and all other aspects of procuring funding.

Jodi Lewis

Administrative Support Specialist (2015)

Jodi Lewis worked in the Peccoud lab as an Administrative Support Specialist from April 2006 through May 2015.

David Ball

Senior Research Associate (2014)

David Ball got his bachelor’s degree in physics at the State University of New York and a PhD in physics from the University of Tennessee Space Institute. As a senior research associate in the Peccoud lab from January 2007 to May 2014, David worked on cell cycle modeling. David contributed to 10 publications in the Peccoud lab.

Mandy Wilson

Lead Software Engineer (2014)

Mandy Wilson was the Lead Software Engineer in the Peccoud lab from January 2010 through October 2014. Mandy contributed to 11 publications in her time with the Peccoud lab.

Gang Fang

Visiting Faculty (2014)

Gang Fang visited the Peccoud lab from August 2013 to July 2014 while he was an assistant professor at Xi’an Universiy of Arts and Science.

Alex Wilkens

Visiting Faculty (2013)

Alex Wilkens visited the lab in July of 2013 as part of the Research Experience for Teachers program at Virginia Tech.

Christopher Overend

Postdoc (2013)

Christopher Overend was a postdoctoral research associate in the Peccoud lab from October 2011 to September 2013. Christopher worked on a DNA manufacturing project which resulted in a publication on the synthetic futures of vesicular stomatitis virus.

Regina Hanlon

Research Associate (2012)

Regina Hanlon earned a master’s degree in plant molecular biology from Virginia Tech. Regina was a research associate in the Peccoud lab from January 2012 through September 2012. Regina contributed to a publication on sequence verification of synthetic DNA.

Samantha Taylor

Research Associate (2012)

Samantha earned a master’s degree in biology from Marshall University, she was a research associate in the Peccoud lab from July 2011 until July 2012.

Martha Eborall

Visiting Faculty (2011)

Martha visiting the Peccoud lab from May 2007 until August 2011 while being a professor of biology at Bluefield State College.

Mike Czar

Research Scientist (2009)

Mike Czar earned a PhD in pharmacology from University of Michigan. Mike contributed to publications on writing DNA using GenoCAD and demystifying gene synthesis while working as a research scientist in the Peccoud lab from January 2008 through May 2009.

Julie Marchand

Laboratory Manager (2009)

Julie Marchand earned a master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from Laval University in Canada. Julie worked in the Peccoud lab from March 2008 to August 2009 as the laboratory manager.

Elisabeth Pécou

Visiting Faculty (2008)

Elisabeth Pécou was a visiting faculty member in September and October of 2008.

Brennan Kraje

Visiting Faculty (2007)

Brennan Kraje, a high school physics/mathematics/research instructor at the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School, worked with Dr. Peccoud as part of the Research Experience for Teachers program at Virginia Tech from January 5th to August 31st, 2007.

iGEM Students

Meghan Savage

iGEM Student (2011)

Meghan Savage got a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech and studied human/medical genetics at the University of Colorado. Dr. Peccoud advised Meghan’s iGEM team in 2011.

Daniel Thorpe

iGEM Student (2011)

Daniel Thorpe got a bachelor’s degree in biology from William and Mary and a master’s degree from Harvard in environmental engineering technology. Dr. Peccoud advised Daniel’s iGEM team in 2011.

Hayley Schaefer

iGEM Student (2011)

Hayley Schaefer majored in biotechnology at James Madison University. Dr. Peccoud advised Hayley’s iGEM team in 2011.

Mark Stewart

iGEM Student (2011)

Mark Stewart studied computer science at the University of Maryland and Thomas Edison State University. Dr. Peccoud advised Mark’s iGEM team in 2011.

Brittany Harwell

iGEM Student (2011)

Brittany Harwell majored in engineering and minored in mathematics at James Madison University. Dr. Peccoud advised Brittany’s iGEM team in 2011.

Loran Steinberger

iGEM Student (2011)

Loran Steinberger received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Virginia Tech. Dr. Peccoud advised Loran’s iGEM team in 2011.

Swetha Pasala 

iGEM Student (2011)

Swetha Pasala studied biology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Peccoud advised Swetha’s iGEM team in 2011.

Judith Eeckman

iGEM Student (2011)

Judith Eeckman studied math and computer science at the Grenoble Institute of Technology in France. Dr. Peccoud advised Judith’s iGEM team in 2011.

Michael Kozar 

iGEM Student (2010)

Michael Kozar got a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in international economics from Johns Hopkins. Dr. Peccoud advised Michael’s iGEM TEAM IN 2010.

Tyler Stewart

iGEM Student (2010)

Tyler Stewart got a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and is now pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Science, Biochemistry, and Structural Biology at the University of Alabama. Dr. Peccoud advised Tyler’s IGEM TEAM IN 2010.

Eric Frichot

iGEM Student (2010)

Eric Frichot was on the 2010 iGEM team advised by Dr. Peccoud.

Gealle Letort

iGEM Student (2010)

Gealle Letort was on the 2010 iGEM team advised by Dr. Peccoud.

Olivier Mirat

iGEM Student (2010)

Olivier Mirat was on the 2010 iGEM team advised by Dr. Peccoud.

Arumina Srivastava

iGEM Student (2010)

Arumina Srivastava majored in computer science at Virginia Tech. Dr. Peccoud advised Arumina’s iGEM team in 2010. After graduating from Virginia Tech, Arumina began a PhD program at Ohio State University.

Daniel Canache

iGEM Student (2010)

Daniel Canache got a bachelor’s degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech and a master’s of ocean engineering from Texas A & M. Dr. Peccoud was an advisor for Daniel’s iGEM team in 2010.

Darya Nesterova

iGEM Student (2010)

Darya Nesterova got her bachelor’s degree in biological sciences at Virginia Tech. Dr. Peccoud advised Darya’s iGEM team in 2010. After completing her bachelor’s degree Darya became a medical student at Penn State College of Medicine.

Jane Canter

iGEM Student (2010)

Jane Canter earned a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from Virginia Tech and studied nursing at the University of Illinois. Dr. Peccoud advised Jane’s iGEM team in 2010.

Joe Edwards 

iGEM Student (2010)

Joe Edwards earned a bachelor’s of science in biology from Virginia Tech and a PhD in plant biology from the University of California in Davis. Dr. Peccoud advised Joe’s iGEM team in 2010.

Sara Brickman

iGEM Student (2010)

Sara Brickman majored in biological sciences and psychology at Virginia Tech. Dr. Peccoud advised Sara’s iGEM team in 2010.

Matthew Sweede

iGEM Student (2007)

Matthew Sweede earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Virginia Tech and a master’s of molecular cancer biology from Duke University. Dr. Peccoud advised Matt’s iGEM team in 2007.

Blair Lyons

iGEM Student (2007)

Blair Lyons got her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from Virginia Tech and a master’s in biomedical visualization from the University of Illinois. Dr. Peccoud advised Blair’s iGEM team in 2007.

Emily DeLalla

iGEM Student (2007)

Emily DeLalla majored in biology at Virginia Tech, Dr. Peccoud advised Emily’s iGEM team in 2007.

Nalin Pilapitiya

iGEM Student (2007)

Nalin Pilapitiya got a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree in computer and information systems at George Mason University. Dr. Peccoud advised Nalin’s iGEM team in 2007.

“Before working as a graduate student in Dr. Peccoud’s Lab I was an undergraduate student in his senior design group. Over the past year I have gained such valuable research experience and witnessed the vast amount of coordination it takes to run a high throughput lab. My time working for the Peccoud Lab was a big growth period. Every member of the lab is encouraging and passionate about what they are doing. Working in the lab was a challenge for me and the result of that was an improvement in my studies and research skills. I will miss being part of the Peccoud Lab and the amazing work that they do.”

- Sarah Condio

“I was a visiting graduate student in Dr. Peccoud’s group for over a year. I had the opportunity to learn a great deal about a field in which I had no previous experience. Dr. Peccoud excels in putting together diverse groups of people to work on interdisciplinary projects. He is both dedicated and passionate about his work, and he inspires and energizes people in his group to do excellent work. I enjoyed my time at VBI and hope to work with Dr. Peccoud again in the future.”

- Rebecca Shelton

"This lab is unlike any you'll ever work in: organized, efficient, state of the art LIMS. Excellent training for industry jobs."

- Jenna Gallegos

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