Associate Professor of Biology
Dr. Prator is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow in Biology interested in viral diversity in extreme environments. Her work in the Brazelton Lab utilizes a combination of metagenomic and morphological approaches to characterize viral diversity in the Lost City chimneys and determine how viruses influence the adaptation of their hosts to the extreme environmental conditions of hydrothermal vents. Dr. Prator completed her PhD at UC Berkeley investigating the molecular mechanisms that determine the transmission of Grapevine leafroll-associated virus 3 by one of its insect vectors, Planococcus ficus.
Lizethe started working in the Brazelton lab as an undergraduate student, completed her B.S. in 2019, and is now the lab's lead technician and lab manager. She has optimized DNA extraction protocols from a wide variety of challenging environmental samples. Her interests in the scientific world include Astronomy, Biology, Geology, and Astrobiology.
Alex worked in the Brazelton lab from 2014 to 2018 as an undergraduate student. He played a critical role in several projects, including the construction and maintenance of the lab's computational systems. He attended graduate school at the University of Southern California with Cameron Thrash and is currently employed at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah.
Cody worked in the Brazelton lab as an undergraduate student from 2015 to 2019, during which time he played a large role in expanding the lab's research areas into soil ecology. He is currently attending graduate school at Utah State University where he is focusing on tree-ring growth, stable isotopes, and ecophysiology of redwood trees in response to disturbance and climate.
Emily worked in the Brazelton lab from 2014 to 2017 as an undergraduate student. She helped to establish the lab and initiate many of our current projects. She is currently attending graduate school at Clark University, working with Nathan Ahlgren.
LeAundra worked in the Brazelton lab from 2015 to 2017 as an undergraduate student, during which time she participated in several projects. She completed her M.S. at the University of Delaware with Jen Biddle and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Colorado State University with Kelly Wrighton.
August worked in the Brazelton lab from 2014 to 2015 as a post-baccalaureate researcher, during which time he helped to establish the lab, including the construction of this website. August completed medical school at the University of Washington in 2020 and is now a resident physician at the University of Colorado.
Mac worked in the Brazelton lab from 2013 to 2016 as an undergraduate student, and he helped to establish the lab and initiate new projects and protocols. His primary project was an exploration of microbial communities in Crystal Geyser, Utah. Mac worked as a researcher at the University of Hong Kong and is starting a Ph.D. program there in 2020.
Chris was the first member of the Brazelton lab, joining in 2013 as a post-baccalaureate researcher, and continued to completed an M.S. degree in the lab in 2019. He played a critical role in establishing the lab, including the construction and maintenance of the lab's computational systems. His research is centered around the use of bioinformatics to investigate communities of microbes in their natural habitats. His primary research project was the investigation of antibiotic resistance in river surface water bacterial communties impacted by urban and agricultural waste, and he played an important role in most of the lab's projects.
Katrina worked in the lab as a postdoctoral researcher from 2016 to 2019, during which time she played a leadership role in several projects. Her PhD work at Michigan State University with Matt Schrenk focused on the diversity and metabolic potential of microorganisms within continental serpentinite rocks at the CROMO site. She was a ship-board scientist on IODP Expedition 357 to the Atlantis Massif, where she helped collect drill core samples from the hard-rock subseafloor adjacent to the Lost City Hydrothermal Field. Katrina is now an Assistant Professor of Microbiology at Weber State University.