Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Twing is a postdoctoral researcher with interests in microbial ecology in extreme environments. Her PhD work at Michigan State University focused on identifying diversity and metabolic potential of microorganisms within the continental serpentinite environment. She was a ship-board scientist on IODP Expedition 357: Atlantis Massif Serpentinization and Life, where she helped collect drill core samples from the hard-rock subseafloor adjacent to the Lost City Hydrothermal Field. Dr. Twing's postdoctoral research focuses on identifying the metabolic potential and activity of microorganism within hard rock cores from the Atlantis Massif using 'omics approaches.
Shahrzad Motamedi is an EEOB graduate student in the Brazelton Lab. Shahrzad is attempting to extract DNA from low-biomass carbonate rocks from cold geysers near Green River, Utah. In addition to this, she is doing some culture-dependent studies on water samples from the geysers. She would like to determine what microorganisms are living there and the kinds of metabolisms that are used by the community that allow them to become adapted to their environment. Also, she is going to work on the rock samples from the Lost City site in the Atlantic Ocean that will be collected in the upcoming Fall. Her research interests are microbial ecology in extreme environments, origin and evolution of life on earth, and life and habitability of Mars.
Phone: (801) 558-1611
Julia McGonigle is a PhD student of the MCEB program. She is currently working on developing a technique to trace carbon cycling in methanogens using Raman spectroscopy. Her research interests include biology of extreme environments, exobiology, nutrient cycling, and microbial metabolism.
Chris is a PhD student in the EEOB program. His research is centered around the use of bioinformatics to investigate communities of microbes in their natural habitats. A project that he is currently involved with makes use of genomic and metagenomic techniques to investigate the influence of human and agricultural waste on antimicrobial concentrations and the presence of antimicrobial resistance determinants in watersheds.
Lizethe is a Biology Major in her fourth year at the University of Utah. She is currently working with DNA extractions and PCR procedures in the Brazelton Lab. A native to Utah, she enjoys the beauty of this great state in ways that include exploding targets, shooting, river rafting, canoeing, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Her interests in the scientific world include Astronomy, Biology, Geology, and Astrobiology. She hopes to one day become a Marine Biologist or Zoologist.
Alex is attending the SLSTP program at the NASA Ames Research Center after which he will be attending graduate school at LSU.
Cody is currently attending graduate school at Utah State University where he will be focusing on tree-ring growth, stable isotopes, and ecophysiology of redwood trees in response to disturbance and climate.
Emily is currently attending graduate school at Clark University.
LeAundra is currently attending graduate school at the University of Deleware.
August is currently attending medical school at the University of Washington.
Mac currently works at the University of Hong Kong.