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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. Stilianos joined the University of Oregon as an Assistant Professor of Biology in 2019. His research focuses on the ecology and evolution of microorganisms. He is the recipient of the 2017 Science & SciLifeLab worldwide Grand Prize for Young Scientists in the life sciences, the 2019 ASN Young Investigator Award, the 2019 CSEE Early Career Award, and a 2021 Sloan Research Fellowship.
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Postdoctoral researchers
Haitao Shang
Haitao is a postdoctoral researcher in the Louca Lab. He obtained a Ph.D. in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2021. Haitao is broadly interested in the co-evolution of life and the environment with particular emphasis on answering how the evolution of microorganisms has contributed to shaping the surface environments of Earth and exoplanets. In the Louca Lab, he is working on the evolution of microbial metabolic pathways and modeling Earth's biogeochemistry over macroevolutionary timescales.
Graduate students
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 used molecular techniques to study primate phylogenetics as well as microbial community ecology in urban environments. For her PhD, Masha is using bioinformatics to investigate the coevolution and diversification of prokaryotic genes and genomes.
Narda Jimena Trivino
Narda obtained her BS in Biology and Microbiology from the Universidad de los Andes in Colombia where she got interested in microbial ecology and plant-microbe interactions. In 2020, she finished her MS graduate studies at Purdue University, where she investigated differences in nitrogen scavenging among carrot genotypes, and the role that microbially mediated organic matter decomposition plays in these interactions.
Robert Porch
Rob graduated from Rutgers University in 2020 with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution and a minor in Statistics. During his 2019 summer REU, Rob worked in Britt Koskella's lab at UC Berkeley, where he discovered his interest in microbial ecology. For his PhD, Rob is using bioinformatics and phylogenetics to develop software to infer metabolic functional traits from prokaryotic taxa. Outside of academics, Rob enjoys making music, running, and video games.
Undergraduate researchers
Daniel Tran
Daniel is a fourth-year marine biology major, whose areas of interest are centered around marine microorganisms. He is particularly interested in phytoplankton ecology, marine molecular biology, and deep-sea microbial symbiosis. Daniel's career aspiration is to work in the field of applied microbiology in environmental resource management and biotechnology.
Leila Jones
Leila is a rising Sophomore in the Clark Honors College, majoring in biology and minoring in French. She is interested in microbial interaction and evolution. She is working with the Louca Lab to catalog thermal springs in the Great Basin Area. In her free time, she enjoys water coloring, hiking, and spending time with friends.
Nathan Malamud
Nathan is an undergraduate student majoring in MACS (Math and Computer Science) with a minor in biology. His research interests lie at the intersection of chemical oceanography and scientific data visualization. In the Louca lab, he is researching how microbially catalyzed reactions can determine the long-term behavior of a geochemical system. Outside of school, he is an avid keyboard and guitar player and loves to kayak and hike whenever he can.
Narda Trivino (PhD rotation, 2021)
Hengameh Habibi Soufi (PhD rotation, 2021)
Callum Kuo (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Jacob Ryan (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Alexandria Montgomery (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Sage Albright (undergraduate researcher, honors thesis in Louca lab, 2020)
Thorin Haussecker (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Gabriel Pedersen (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Allen Williamson (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Claire Lewis (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
Caitlin Smith (PhD rotation, 2020)
Rachel Lisle (undergraduate researcher, 2020)
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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