Monica Mugnier, Principal Investigator

Monica joined the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology. She completed her PhD at Rockefeller University in Nina Papavasiliou's lab, where she developed VSG-seq, an approach for measuring VSG expression in T. brucei populations in vivo. When she's not in the lab, she likes to hang out with her animals, Bailey and Odie. 


Gabriela Romero Meza, Postdoc

Gabriela received her PhD in Molecular Biomedicine at CINVESTAV in Mexico City in 2016. She has been working with trypanosomatids for many years, and during her PhD she discovered the first negative regulator of transcription in T. brucei. In the Mugnier Lab, she is studying the mechanisms of mosaic formation in T. brucei. Outside the lab she enjoys running, doing yoga, playing with her dogs, and baking (a pastime she finds very similar to labwork!).


Lucy Zhang, Technician

Bailin (Lucy) graduated from the University of Washington with a BS in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, with a minor in Microbiology. Before coming to Hopkins, she was working to develop a dual-color bioluminescence technique to observe the Giardia life cycle. She hopes to go to medical school and to adopt a cute greyhound in the future. In her free time, she loves traveling, seeing her friends and challenging bizarre foods.  


Alex Beaver, PhD Student

Alex is a Pathobiology PhD student. He received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Clemson University in 2016. Alex was a lab technician working on glycosomes in Trypanosomes before becoming a graduate student at Johns Hopkins. When not in lab or studying, he enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, backpacking, and trying out Baltimore’s local food and beer. 


Jaclyn Smith, PhD Student

Jaclyn is a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology program. Jaclyn received B.S. degrees in Biochemistry, Human Biology, and Polymer & Color Chemistry from North Carolina State University in 2015. When Jaclyn isn’t in lab, she can be found at the BARCS, the Baltimore City animal shelter, walking dogs, or watching/reliving NC State basketball or Carolina Panthers football games. 

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Nathan Crilly, Rotation Student

Nathan is a second year veterinary pathology resident and a first year Ph.D student in the Pathobiology program. Nathan received his Bacehlor’s in Food Microbiology and DVM at the University of Tennessee, where he first became interested in working with neglected and parasitic diseases. Outside of lab, he enjoys baking, visiting Civil War battlefields, backpacking, and spoiling his greyhound, Cavall.


Sean Bunachita, Undergrad

Sean is a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in molecular and cellular biology. He aspires to attend medical school and to specialize in pathology, and he feels that the lab will provide him the foundational skills necessary to fulfill his ambitions. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing basketball or tennis, and watching sports.


Shane Gilligan-Steinberg, Undergrad

Shane is a senior at Johns Hopkins University majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Computer Integrated Surgery from San Francisco. He hopes to attend medical school and specialize in emergency medicine or infectious diseases. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and basketball, kayaking and fishing.


Former members:

Joshua Leitão (Volunteer, 2017)   Quigly Dragotakes (Rotation, 2017)                                                                                                      Janessa Aneke (Rotation, 2017)                                                                                                           Sarah Sudlow (Summer Intern, 2017)                                                                                                  Dorian Jackson (Rotation, 2018)                                                                                                          Bryce Bobb (Tech, 2017-2018)  Jaime So (ScM, 2019)