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 The Stallion.
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!).
Bryce Bobb, Technician
Bryce graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Certificate in Neuroscience. Before coming to work with trypanosomes, he had been working with malaria and antimalarial drugs. He plans on attending medical school next fall. In his free time he enjoys traveling, biking, watching sports, and trying new foods and local beers.
Alex Beaver, PhD Student
Alex is a first year 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.
Jaime So, ScM Student
Jaime is a first year ScM student in MMI. She graduated with Bachelor’s of Science in microbiology from UC Santa Barbara where she did research on bacterial toxin and communication systems in E. coli. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, drawing, and being bad at video games.
Sean Bunachita, Undergrad
Sean is a sophomore 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 sophomore 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.