Bradley Himes is a senior in the undergraduate Microbiology Program. He is interested in virology and molecular biology. His research focuses in secondary metabolites produced by soil organisms. His hobbies include playing quidditch for the Texas State team and videogames.
Chau Tran is a junior in the undergraduate Biology Program. She is interested in microbiology. Currently a STEM Undergraduate Research Experience -SURE- student, her project focuses on the effects of temperature in the termite gut microbiome. She was once knocked out by a softball and left in a comma for three days. She enjoys running, painting and eating.
Grayson Almond is a senior in the undergraduate Microbiology Program. He is interested in microbiomes and microbial ecology. His project focuses on the effects of temperature in the termite gut microbiome. His hobbies include camping and cooking.
Melissa Villatoro C. is a MS student in the Population and Conservation Biology Program. She is interested in herpetology, microbiomes and conservation. She is currently working on examining whether there is a difference in the gut microbiome of the infected and uninfected kissing bug -a vector for the Chagas disease-. And on the effects urban stressors have on the Rio Grande Leopard frog tadpoles’ microbiome. Her hobbies include drawing, reading and playing the piano.
Natalie Piazza is a senior in the undergraduate Biology Program. She is interested in DNA analysis. Currently, she is working as a volunteer in several projects form the Carlos-Shanley’s lab. She enjoys reading, loves cats and plays the French horn.
Whitney Ortiz is a MS student in the Aquatic Resources Program. She is interested in the study of infectious diseases. She is currently researching how nitrates affects the microbiome of fish. Her hobbies include playing the saxophone and playing with her dog.
Zach Mays is a MS student in the Biology Program. He is interested in microbiome and climate change. His project focuses on the Reefle beetle’s microbiome. He enjoys playing soccer and floating the river on his free time.
If you are interested in joining our lab, please send an email to Dr. Camila Carlos-Shanley (carlos-shanley at txstate.edu) that includes:
- a statement with the research topics that you are interested and your long-term career goals;
- a copy of your resume/CV;
- unofficial academic transcripts;
- GRE and TOEFL (if available).