Erin Armentrout, PhD, received her doctorate in molecular biology and microbiology in the lab of Arne Rietsch, PhD, at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Armentrout worked with Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a human pathogen commonly found in hospital-acquired infections. Specifically, her thesis focused on how the type III secretion system of Pseudomonas aeruginosa senses host-cell contact, which is a crucial step for evading the immune system and promoting survival of the pathogen. Currently, her work is focused on developing a vaccine for staphylococcus aureus.
Spring Hwang graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in molecular, cell and developmental biology. As an undergraduate, she worked in Jeffrey Miller's lab, where she examined the interactions between different gene products in bacteria and antibiotics, such a rifampicin, to ultimately characterize different repair strategies and develop co-drugs that can effectively decrease side effects and antibiotic resistance-generating mutations in pathogens. Currently in the Martins Lab, she manages mouse colony used for research purposes and assists with lab maintenance and a variety of experiments in the lab.
Samantha Nadeau graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a bachelor of science in physiology and neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she worked in the Hampton Lab where she studied components of endoplasmic-reticulum (ER)-associated protein degradation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, focusing on substrate-induced ER stress and phenotype suppression analysis. She is currently investigating the mechanisms of Blimp-1 regulation in T cells.