Alumni – Undergraduate Students

Maranatha Ayodele

Maranatha Ayodele

Maranatha Ayodele

B.S. '02, Chemical Sciences

Mara joined our laboratory as a Food Science Summer Scholar in the summer of 2001. She worked in the lab until her graduation in May 2002.  She worked on the application of DNA sequencing based subtyping to probe the evolution of the human and animal pathogen Streptococcus agalactiae. She also played in important role in setting up various computer programs for evolutionary analyses in the lab and in helping in evolutionary analyses of L. monocytogenes.

Karlyn Beer

Karlyn looked at the role of the LisR-K regulatory system in the activation of Sigma B in Listeria monocytogenes. After graduation, she worked as a technician in the Food Safety Lab.  She has done a fellowship at CDC, and will be a Ph.D. student at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Courtney Bolger

Courtney Bolger

Courtney Bolger

B.S. '02, Food Science, Cornell University

Courtney worked in both Dr.Wiedmann's and Dr. Boor's laboratories. Her work involved evolutionary analysis of the human and animal pathogen Streptococcus agalactiae. She also worked with Celine Nadon developing reporter fusions to study gene expression in Listeria monocytogenes.

Liselle Bovell

Liselle Bovell

Liselle Bovell

Biology 2006, Oglethorpe University

Liselle was working with L. monocytogenes to investigate multiplex PCR-typing and sequence-typing of the sigB gene as alternatives to traditional serotyping.

Natasha Brooks

Natasha Brooks

Natasha Brooks

Food Science 2005, Pennsylvania State University

Tasha was one of our 2004 Food Science Summer Scholars and worked on obtaining MLST data in 14 human listeriosis outbreaks and comparing them to 150 L. monocytogenes isolates not connected to any listeriosis outbreaks.

Stephanie Brown

Stephanie's project was focused on the distribution and characterization of type IV Pili Operon and SPV in Salmonella representing different serovars isolated from clinical cases.

Brittany Bundrant

Brittany Bundrant

Brittany Bundrant

B.S. 2010, Animal Science, Cornell University

Brittany was an undergraduate research assistant working under Henk den Bakker.  She was investigating the evolutionary relationships and population genetics of Listeria species.

Theresa Cargioli

Theresa Cargioli

Theresa Cargioli

B.S. '02, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University

Theresa joined our laboratory as a Food Science Summer Scholar in the summer of 2001 and worked in the lab until her graduation in May 2002.  She worked with Angela Roberts to probe the effects of allelic variation on virulence characteristics of Listeria monocytogenes . She also contributed to the development of the DNA sequencing-based subtyping methods for L. monocytogenes.

Mary Carson

Mary visited from Colorado State University where she was a junior in the veterinary medicine program. Participating in the Cornell Leadership Program for Veterinary Students in the summer of 2002, she worked on Streptococcus uberis research.

LeRoy Chan

LeRoy was a visiting summer scholar from Singapore. He worked with Hup on inlA sequencing of bovine fecal isolates to detect the presence of a premature stop codon which may enhance the ability of L. monocytogenes to be shed fecally and/or to establish a carrier state.  He also worked on sigB sequencing of Listeria spp. isolates from pristine and urban environments.

Clarence Chee

Clarence Chee

Clarence Chee

Biotechnology 2005, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Clarence was a visiting Singapore student in 2004 working on: 1) testing the hypothesis that a truncated inlA gene is more commonly found in food than infected humans through DNA sequencing, 2) plaque assays with Kendra Nightingale, and 3) watching PFGE and ribotyping with Katy Windham.

Elaine Cheng

Elaine Cheng

Elaine Cheng

B.S. '02, Biotechnology

Elaine spent seven weeks in the summer of 2001 working in our lab as part of the overseas training program. She worked on the development of reporter fusions to probe sigma B dependant gene expression in Listeria monocytogenes.

Michael Chung

Michael Chung

Michael Chung

B.S. '02, Computer Science, Cornell University

Mike worked in the laboratory from May 2000 until May 2002.  He played a key role in the development of the PathogenTracker bacterial subtype and strains database.  His also contributed to research on the rational development of improved DNA sequencing methods to subtype bacterial pathogens and to probe their evolution. He currently attends medical school at Albert Einstein Medical College in New York City.

Taylor Cookingham

Taylor Cookingham participated in the 2002 Summer Scholar Program as a visiting sophomore Food Science major from the University of Florida. Interested in pursuing a career in new product development, she worked with Vicki Lappi, tracking Listeria monocytogenes through the seafood industry.

Gabriela Andrea Cortez Ramos

Gabriela Andrea Cortez Ramos

Undergraduate Summer Scholar

Gabriela Andrea Cortez Ramos, a Biology (B.S.) undergrad from Universidad Simón Bolívar and in the CienciAmerica Summer Research Program, was working with Veronica Guariglia (Ph.D.) studying the effect of bile on Listeria monocytogenes after pre-exposure to low pH.

Mary Pat Craver

Mary Pat worked on the evolutionary characterization of human and animal isolates of Streptococcus agalactiae in regard to the housekeeping gene sodA. She also used DNA sequence based subtyping methods to probe the evolutionary relationships of bovine Salmonella enterica isolates.

Birla De Leon

Birla De Leon

Birla De Leon

B.S. '04, Biotechnology, University of Puerto Rico

Birla participated in the 2001 Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program at Cornell and spent 9 weeks in our laboratory. She worked on DNA-based subtyping methods to characterize Listeria monocytogenes subtypes that cause human disease.

Emmie Dengler

Emmie was a participant in the 2003 Summer Scholar Program, working with Sarita on stress response in L. monocytogenes using the prfA/sigB double mutant. She also worked on Ruth Zadok's and Mark Kazmierczak's projects.

Katie Evans

Katie graduated in May 2001 with a BS in Biological Sciences and went to pursue her DVM/PhD at the Cornell Vet School.  During that time, she worked part-time in the lab on the NIH Listeria project.

Mariel Fisher

Mariel Fisher

Mariel Fisher

B.S. '04, Human Biology, Health and Society, Cornell University

Mariel was a presidential research scholar. She started working in our laboratory in spring of 2001 and worked on DNA-based subtyping to explore the clonal structure of Listeria monocytogenes until she graduated.

Fritz Foo

Fritz Foo

Fritz Foo

B.S. Molecular Environmental Biology 2012, University of California, Berkeley

Fritz's research characterized the survival of outbreak and non-outbreak Salmonella Enteritidis isolates in egg albumin, with particular focus on comparing growth trends and PFGE profiles

Stacyann Forrester

Stacyann Forrester

Stacyann Forrester

Nutrition, Food and Agriculture 2006, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Stacyann was a 2004 Food Science Summer Scholar working on making a delete lmo1433 mutant. She continued working with Ute Schwab, among others, on studying the host-pathogen interaction between C. elegans and Listeria monocytogenes.

Joyanna Gilmour

Joyanna Gilmour

Joyanna Gilmour

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Joyanna was a Food Science Summer Scholar in the MQIP lab.  She was a student at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA majoring in biochemistry.  While here, she characterized the microbial diversity of freshly pasteurized milk using rpoB subtyping methods.

Michael Gray

Mike worked on characterizing the growth and survival of Vibrio parahaemolyticus isolates under stress and examined the cytopathogenicity of Listeria monocytogenes strains. 

Matt Hagerman

Matt Hagerman

Matt Hagerman

B.S. Molecular Biology

Matt worked on the environmental sampling project with Rachel, Travis, and Laura. The project focused on the collection, isolation, and molecular characterization of foodborne pathogens with a specific interest in the mdh gene in isolated samples of E. coli.

Zhisheng Her

On an attachment program to Cornell University in the summer of 2002, at the end of the 2nd year of a 3 year Biotechnology Course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, Zhisheng's research interests revolved around the ecology and evolution of Listeria monocytogenes.

John Hernandez

John did an 8 week training program in the Boor Lab as a visiting High School Research Assistant from Puerto Rico.  He worked with the Rsbp gene.

Clint Hervert

Clint Hervert

B.S. '14, Food Science

As an undergraduate, Clint worked alongside Rachel Miller (Ph.D. Candidate) in the characterization of toxin genes produced by Bacillus cereus group organisms.

Molly Higgins

Molly Higgins

Undergraduate Summer Scholar

Molly, a Food Science undergraduate at the University of Missouri, was here as a Summer Scholar studying the germination of spore-forming bacteria in pasteurized milk.

Jessica Hof

Jessica was working to sequence the gene panB (a “housekeeping gene”) in several Salmonella serotypes. This work is part of a larger project being done by Sharinne Sukhnanand in the Laboratories of Food Microbiology and Food Safety to look at the evolutionary relationships among different Salmonella serotypes.

Alana Jonat

Alana was testing the hypothesis that the bovine udder pathogen Streptococcus uberis could be a contagious pathogen and transmitted from cow to cow.  This work was part of a larger project on the molecular epidemiology of bovineStreptococci being done by R. N. Zadoks in the Laboratories of Food Microbiology and Food Safety in collaboration with Cornell's Quality Milk Production Services.

Anthea Jones

Anthea Jones

Anthea Jones

Bachelor of Veterinary Science 2005, University of Queensland, Australia

Anthea was a visiting vet student from Australia working on L. monocytogenes transmission in cattle. She performed evolutionary analysis on the actA and inlA genes from isolates collected during a longitudinal study of cows from a herd at Cornell, as well as developing both L. mono specific and non-specific immunological assays for use in cattle.

Sarah Kozak

Sarah Kozak

Undergraduate (B.S., Food Science)

Sarah assisted with media and labware preparation for experimental use.  As a summer scholar in 2013, Sarah researched sporeformers in cultured dairy products and microorganisms in milk with sensory defects.

Stephen Lee

Stephen's interests were in the determination of how the expression of thermostable direct hemolysin (TDH) contritutes to the pathogenesis of Vibrio parahaemolyticus O3:K6. He worked on the construction of tdh promoter-lacZ fusion.

Maria Listiyani:

Maria Listiyani

Maria Listiyani:

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Maria was a Food Science Summer Scholar in the MQIP lab.  She identified bacterial groups contributing to the preliminary incubation counts of raw milk and determining their effects on the self-life of the final product.

Fok Moon Lum

On an attachment program to Cornell University in the summer of 2002, at the end of the 2nd year of a 3 year Biotechnology Course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore, Fok Moon's research interests concerned the characterization ofVibrio parahaemolyticus.

Kathryn Magee

Kathryn Magee

Undergraduate Summer Scholar

Kathryn, a biology undergraduate at the Rochester Institute of Technology, was a 2015 Food Science Summer Scholar investigating phage resistance in Listeria monocytogenes.

Steven Maron

Steven Maron

Steven Maron

Food Science 2007, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Steve worked with Renato Orsi on studying the evolution of Listeria monocytogenes. He was also a 2004 Food Science Summer Scholar.

Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin

Kelly Martin

Biological Sciences 2006, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University

Kelly worked on the distribution and biological significance of the truncated internalin in L. monocytogenes. She was also a 2004 Food Science Summer Scholar.

Rella Moag

Rella was a 2006 Food Science Summer Scholar. She worked in the Milk Quality Improvement lab, designing a survey on raw milk consumption that will be distributed to New York State dairy farmers.

Bess Moffatt

Bess assisted Celine Nadon in data collection and also characterized Listeria monocytogenes isolates from the New York Department of Health for the actA and hly genes. 

Marie Carmen Montes

Marie Carmen Montes

Marie Carmen Montes

B.S. '01, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Marie spent the summer of 2000 in our laboratory as a participant in the Cornell University Undergraduate Summer Research Program.  Her project involved molecular subtyping of human L. monocytogenes isolates to further explore the specific characteristics of L. monocytogenes which cause human disease.

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Matthew Moore

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Matthew was an undergraduate research assistant working under Dr. Teresa Bergholz.  

Jon Overdevest

Jon Overdevest

Jon Overdevest

BS '04, Biological Sciences, Cornell University

Jon worked on probing the ecology and evolution of Listeria spp. other than Listeria monocytogenes, with a particular focus on the ecology of L. seeligeri.

Clayton Pehrson

Clayton worked in the lab as a participant in the 2002 Summer Scholar Program, developing a protocol for the isolation of Streptococcus uberis from soil, fecal, and other samples using selective and differential media. He will receive his Bachelors degree in Food Science at Utah State University in 2003.

Marilia Pena

Marilia was a Food Science Summer Scholar working on her undergraduate degree in Microbiology.  She explored the detection and characterization of Listeria monocytogenes-specific bacteriophages on dairy farms.

Mary Ann Pohl

Mary Ann Pohl

Mary Ann Pohl

BS '05, Biological Sciences, Cornell University

Mary Ann was a Hughes Scholar and Presidential Research Scholar and worked to probe tissue specificity in bovine listeriosis.

Sam Reichler

Sam Reichler

B.S. '15, Food Science

As an undergrad, Sam worked on the cold-growth characterization of sporeformers isolated from pasteurized fluid milk and on challenge studies for mold growth and detection in Greek yogurt and cheese.  He also worked with PhD student Steph Masiello.

Lauren Saunders

Lauren was studying the bovine pathogen Streptococcus uberis in cow environments to discover how this disease is transmitted. This is part of a project on bovine Streptococci conducted by Ruth Zadoks.

Karl "Rat" Schilke

Karl "Rat" Schilke

Karl "Rat" Schilke

BS Winter 2004, Food Science, Oregon State University

Rat was a participant in the 2003 Summer Scholars Program and worked with Sharinne Sukhnanand on Salmonellae evolution.

Puja H. Shah

Puja H. Shah

Puja H. Shah

B.S. 2010, Cornell University

Puja was helping to study the effects of growth inhibitors to determine the metabolic basis for synergistic inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes in smoked salmon.

Paige Smith

Paige Smith

Paige Smith

B.S 2009, Nutrition, Case Western Reserve University

Paige worked with Yesim Soyer verifying the purE gene is under positive selection in a Salmonella isolate set.

Shanna Smith

Shanna Smith

Undergraduate Student (B.S., Biological Sciences)

Shanna worked with Rachel Evanowski during Summer 2016 isolating and characterizating sporeformers from various farms.

Mary Sonnen

Mary was a 2006 Food Science Summer Scholar. She worked in the Milk Quality Improvement lab, concentrating on sources of Bacillus contamination in mik. She also studied the relationship between pasteurization temperatures and fluid milk shelf life.

Laura Spoor

Laura Spoor

Laura Spoor

The Royal Veterinary College, London, UK

Laura was part of the Cornell CVM's Veterinary Leadership Program and worked to characterize Multi-drug Resistant Salmonella associated with cattle.

Sumarlin

Sumarlin

Sumarlin

Biotechnology 2005, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Sumarlin was also a visiting Singaporean student working with Sharinne Sukhnanand and Sam Alcaine on the Zoonosis Research Unit's Salmonella project.

Kin Hup Tan

Kin Hup Tan

Kin Hup Tan

Biotechnology 2004, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Hup was a visiting scholar from Singapore. He worked with LeRoy on: 1) inlA sequencing of bovine fecal isolates to detect the presence of a premature stop codon which may enhance the ability of L. monocytogenes to be shed fecally and/or to establish a carrier state, and 2) sigB sequencing of Listeria spp. isolates from pristine and urban environments.

Art Turko

Art Turko

Art Turko

Biological Sciences (Pre-Med) 2004, College of Arts and Sciences

Art was utilizing micribiological and genetic techniques to sequence and analyze a series of Listeria monocytogenes isolates for the Cornell-CDC Listeria subtyping study.  The first gene to be studied was actA and is responsible for L. monocytogenes movement through host cells.

Matthew Vernon

As an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Lab, Matthew worked with Ruth Zadoks on characterizing Streptococcus canis and Streptococcus aureus isolates of animal origin.

Rachel Willems

Rachel worked in Dr. Boor's lab as a Undergraduate Research Assistant from 1999 to 2001.  She went on to pursue her Master's of Public Health (MPH) at the University of Michigan.

Jessica Wooten

Jessica Wooten

Jessica Wooten

B.S. Nutrition (Dietetics) 2013, North Carolina A&T State University

Jessica used the Multi-Locus Seqence Typing method to sequence seven housekeeping genes of Shiga Toxin- Producing E.coli. She examined STEC from beef cattle pastures and pristine environments and find differences in genes that could show how they related, analyze if soil and water from these environments were reservoirs for E.coli and to examine if genes were moving between environments.

Yumin Xu

Yumin Xu

Undergraduate Student (B.S., Food Science)

Yumin worked with Silin Tang, Ph.D. 2015, on characterizing the phenotypes of psychrotolerant sporeformers isolated from fluid milk and assisted with genome sequencing data analysis.