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Principal investigator
Stilianos Louca, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Oregon, Department of Biology
Stilianos studied physics and mathematics at the Friedrich-Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences, in Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematical biology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where he continued as a postdoctoral fellow. Stilianos joined the University of Oregon as an Assistant Professor of Biology in 2019. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of microorganisms.
Personal website.
Office: Onyx Bridge 282, University of Oregon, Eugene, USA
Graduate rotations
Caitlin Smith
Caitlin is a 1st year graduate student rotation in the Louca Lab. She received her bachelors in Microbiology at the University of Arizona. She worked as a research technician for two years in David Baltrus’s lab at UA studying Streptomyces. Her research interests are in the drivers of microbial community structure and function. Outside of microbes, she is interested in camping, hiking, and cooking.
Undergraduate researchers
Alexandria (Alexa) S. Montgomery
Alexa is an undergraduate biology major with an interest in microbiology and extremophile organisms, particularly the impact of extreme environments on microbial processes. Her particular interests include microbial life in hot springs and methanogenic bacteria. After finishing her undergraduate degree, Alexa intends on pursing a graduate program in astrobiology.
Allen Williamson
Allen is an undergraduate biology major with interests in ecology, microbiology, physiology, marine biology and more. In his free time, Allen enjoys volunteer work, spending time with friends, and reading.
Callum Kuo
Callum is a Junior majoring in Business Administration and minoring in Biology. He intends to leverage his business skills and biological acumen to strengthen collaboration between the biological research field and industry, either as a healthcare consultant or hospital administrator. In his free time, Callum enjoys being with friends as well as cooking and driving.
Claire Lewis
Claire is a biology major with a focus in ecology and evolution with a French language minor. She is a born and bred Michigander, but chose to move to Oregon for the beautiful mountains and greenery. She loves animals, reading, and watching The Great British Baking Show. After completing her undergraduate studies, Claire is planning on pursuing a PhD studying sturgeon in the Great Lakes.
Gabriel Pedersen
Gabriel studies Applied Mathematics and has interest in data modelling. He is currently working on methods for predicting microbial species counts through multiple samples using various mathematical methods. Outside of doing research for the Louca Lab Gabriel can be found training himself in R, studying various subjects looking for the connection (Statistics, Game Theory, Geography, Linguistics, Economics etc.), or out in nature taking a break.
Maria (Masha) Korchagina
Masha graduated with a B.A. in Physical Anthropology and a minor in Molecular Biology from New York University in 2013. As an undergrad researcher, she interned at the Molecular Anthropology Laboratory, where she used techniques of molecular analysis to study primate phylogenetics. Currently, she is researching the coevolution and diversification of prokaryotic genes at the Louca lab, and has a hand in several projects at the McGuire lab. She is enrolled in post bacc studies, with hopes of continuing on to a graduate program in bioinformatics.
Rachel Lisle
Rachel is a Sophomore majoring in marine biology and minoring in earth sciences and english. She hopes to further her education in ecology and evolution, eventually applying her knowledge to the ocean.
Sage E. Albright
Sage is an undergraduate student in math and biology at the UO with particular interest in probability and combinatorics. He is working with collections of metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) in the Louca lab and towards quantifying the extent of culturing biases in prokaryotic taxonomies.
Thorin Haussecker
Thorin is a biology major at the University of Oregon, with interests in chemistry and environmental science. Outside of school, Thorin is an avid outdoorsman who has topped The Breithorn, Mt. Blanc, and most recently Mt. Whitney.
David Hugel (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Daniel Sullivan (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
James Carr (undergraduate researcher, 2019)
Crysta Winter (undergraduate researcher, 2019)
Marissa Gutierrez (undergraduate researcher, 2019)

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