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Bucci Lab – 2021

2021.pngTasia Kellogg, Vanni Bucci, Abigail Zeamer, Shakti Bhattarai, Benedikt Mortzfeld

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I am an engineer by training with a background in machine learning, mathematical modeling and synthetic microbiology. I am very much interested in problems of computational systems biology and microbial ecology involving genomics and metagenomics. I want to understand mechanisms responsible for the temporal and spatial dynamics of complex biological systems and develop tools to predict and engineer them. I like to row or play electric guitar in my spare time and I am fond of ancient roman and greek history and literature.

Associate Professor
Associate Editor
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Gut Microbes   mSystems  Microbial Cell
I am analyzing microbiome and RNASeq sequencing data to predict associated clinical outcomes or immune phenotypes. I program in 'R' for data exploration and visualization.
In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar.
Shakti K. Bhattarai
Bioinformatician Google Scholar
I am interested in how bacterial antimicrobial peptides affect the ecological dynamics in the gut environment and how we can use that knowledge to engineer probiotic bacteria to target clinically relevant human pathogens.
In my spare time I like to explore new places on hikes and during traveling or enjoy a BBQ at home.
Benedikt M. Mortzfeld
Associate Editor
Guest Editor
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Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
I am currently a forth year student exploring the interface between intestinal microbes and the innate immune system, and their subsequent role during disease states, like C. diff infections.
When I am not in the lab, I enjoy hiking and backpacking with my dogs, rock climbing, and horseback riding.
Tasia Kellogg
GSBS Student
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I am a PhD student affiliated with UMass Dartmouth primarily working on developing machine learning methods for modelling the effects of the microbiome in the human host.
In my spare time I like to travel or play video games.

V. Suhas Maringanti
Graduate Student
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I am a graduate student primarily interested in using computational approaches to probe the relationship between the microbiome and neurodegenerative diseases.
When not in the lab or at my desk, I enjoy rowing, rock climbing, hiking, and spending time with my cat and rabbit.
Abigail L. Zeamer
GSBS Student
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Haley Dupre Undergraduate Researcher UMassD 2021
Armani Tayeh MS Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology 2020
Jacob Palmer PhD Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology 2019
Matthew Simmons PhD Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology 2019
Emma Piattelli Visiting Scholar 2018
Tyler Rommel Undergraduate Researcher UMassD 2018
Lindsey Ly Undergraduate Researcher UMassD 2016
Victoria Quennessen Undergraduate Researcher UMassD 2016
Sarah Parker Undergraduate Researcher UMassD 2016
Colin Lazzara Undergraduate Researcher UMassD 2016

Earlier Years

2020 Maringanti, Benedikt Mortzfeld, Armani Tayeh, Shakti Bhattarai, Vanni Bucci, Tasia Kellogg

2019 Bhattarai, Haley Dupre, Vanni Bucci, Jacob Palmer, Benedikt Mortzfeld, Pratibha Harrison