Our People

To learn more about individual staff members, please click on the links below.

Our People

To learn more about individual staff members, please click on the links below.

EPIC Faculty

The EPIC faculty is a team of dedicated researchers with interests that range from understanding mechanisms of drug resistance in fungal pathogens to fatty acid metabolism in kinetoplastid parasites. We are united in our focus on some of the world’s most troubling and neglected disease-causing organisms.


Sourabh Dhingra

Biological Sciences

The overarching goal of the Dhingra lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms associated with pathogenesis and azole drug tolerance in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. We use molecular, biochemical and cellular approaches as well as murine models to understand the role of ncRNAs in pathobiology and azole drug tolerance of Aspergillus fumigatus.


Zhicheng Dou

Biological Sciences

My research focuses on proteolytic mechanisms during infection by the obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii.


Cheryl Ingram-Smith

Genetics and Biochemistry

The overall goal of my research is to provide a better understanding of energy metabolism in the pathogenic protist Entamoeba histolytica.


Lukasz Kozubowski

Genetics and Biochemistry

We study a human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans to understand the mechanistic cellular processes used by pathogenic microorganisms to allow survival in the infected host.


Meredith Morris

Genetics and Biochemistry

In the search for new therapeutics, we investigate essential parasite-specific processes, believing that understanding these processes will enable us to specifically target the parasite during treatments while leaving the host relatively unaffected.


James Morris

Genetics and Biochemistry

Our group is interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms employed by the African trypanosome to detect glucose availability with a particular focus on identifying unique components for targeting for therapeutics.


Kim Paul

Genetics and Biochemistry

My group is interested in the regulation of fatty acid metabolism in the African trypanosome.


Emily Rosowski

Biological Sciences

My lab focuses on understanding host-pathogen interactions, using the larval zebrafish as a model host. We are currently studying how innate immune mechanisms control infections with the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus.


Anna Seekatz

Biological Sciences


Michael Sehorn

Genetics and Biochemistry

My laboratory strives to understand the mechanism of homology-directed repair of DNA double-strand breaks mediated by RAD51 and DMC1 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Entamoeba histolytica and humans.


Kerry Smith – EPIC Director

Genetics and Biochemistry

My group is interested in the acetate metabolism in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus.


Alexis Stamatikos

Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences


Lesly Temesvari

Biological Sciences

We seek to understand the virulence functions of secretion, phagocytosis and parasite-host interactions in Entamoeba histolytica.


Daniel Whitehead


EPIC-related projects in the Whitehead lab focus on the synthesis of small molecules and conjugates for the development of therapeutic and drug delivery strategies for treating eukaryotic pathogen infections.



Staff and Research Associates

The staff and research associates make EPIC tick. They keep the labs working and push their own projects forward while serving as mentors to the many students that fill EPIC’s research space.


Rebeca Aquino Ventura

Lab Manager, M. Morris Lab


Disha Bhattacharjee

Postdoc, Seekatz Lab


Nicki Clark-Mount

COBRE project coordinator


Jennifer Echesabal-Chen

Postdoc, Stamatikos Lab


Vikky FNU

Postdoc, Dou Lab


Bailey Naples

Lab Technician, Rosowski Lab 


Savini Thrikawala

Postdoc, Rosowski Lab


Adrianna Venezia

Lab Manager, J. Morris Lab



Students, both graduate and undergraduate, tackle experiments necessary to solve the tough questions that exist in the field of eukaryotic pathogens research. They are the driving force in the Center.



Will Betsill

Graduate Student, K. Smith Lab


William Bridges

Graduate Student, Whitehead Lab


Garrett Buzzard

Graduate student, Sehorn Lab


Rodrigo Catalan-Hurtado

Graduate student, K. Smith Lab


Jin Cho

Graduate student, Ingram-Smith Lab


Clara Flores

Graduate Student, Seekatz Lab


Lynette Goins

Graduate Student, Rosowski Lab


Kun Huang

Graduate Student, Stamatikos Lab


Rajib Islam

Graduate Student, Whitehead Lab


Dalton Kessans

Graduate Student, Dou Lab


Melanie Key

Graduate student, Dou Lab


Perry Kezh

Graduate student, K. Smith Lab


Emily Knight

Graduate student, M. Morris Lab


Samuel Kwain

Graduate Student, Whitehead Lab


Ryan Marasco

Graduate Student, Whitehead Lab


Stephani Martinez-Barrera

Graduate student, Kozubowski Lab


Sarah McKay

Graduate Student, Rosowski Lab


Jillian Milanes

Graduate Student, J. Morris Lab


Sophie Millard

Graduate Student, Seektaz Lab


Brock Miller

Graduate Student, Whitehead Lab


Monireh Noori

Graduate Student, Whitehead Lab


Lanre Oladosu

Graduate Student, Stamatikos Lab


Rony Orobio-Hurtado

Graduate student, Temesvari Lab


Soham Panda

Graduate Student, Whitehead Lab


Kristina Parman

Graduate student, Paul Lab


Sabrina Pizarro

Graduate Student, Morris Labs


Joshua Saliutama

Graduate student, Paul Lab


Arohi Singhal

Graduate Student, K. Smith Lab


Christine Woelfel-Monsivais

Graduate Student, Seekatz Lab