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