Dr. Maude M. David received her PhD in 2010 from Centrale Lyon, in France. Her work focused on environmental microbial ecology and next generation sequencing. After graduation, she became a post-doctoral fellow at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She studied the impact of climate change on different microbial systems, where she developed new computational tools for the analysis of microbial metagenomes. In 2014, she moved to Stanford School of Medicine, applying her biocomputing expertise to studying Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She looked at the impact of the gut microbiome on ASD, as well as evolutionary constraints on the human genes involved in this disorder. She joined Oregon State University as an Assistant Professor in January 2018, where she combines laboratory and computational techniques to unravel the underlying mechanisms of the gut-brain axis. She has a joined appointment in Microbiology and Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Christine Tataru received her Master's in Computer Sciences in June 2018 at Stanford University. She started her PhD in the laboratory last September, and is the recipient of OSU Provost’s Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. She has begun optimizing emerging machine learning algorithms to both denoise and extract meaningful information of massive sequencing datasets generated by the laboratory and the rest of the scientific community. Ultimately, she seeks to develop tools and frameworks to advance microbiome research, then use those tools to explore gut-brain axis phenomenon. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog Skye, listening to audio books and podcasts, and riding horses! You can find her blog here.
Grace graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2016. She joined the David lab this spring after a couple of rotations. Grace has been instrumental in pushing forward the behavior testing with rodents, and our bee microbiome project. Among other skills, Grace's incredible capabilities in using the very last cm3 of nitrogen in the anaerobic chamber saved multiple days of labor for the all lab, and allowed her to extract over 80 samples just before Christmas. Outside of the lab, she can be found hiking, baking, swing dancing, and reading fiction novels. You can follow her journey in science on Twitter at @dna_heligrace.
Priyanka joined Oregon State University in September 2018 as a master's student within the program of microbiology. She currently works on testing the impact of feeding specific bacterial taxa on the anxiety phenotype in mice. Her expertise also lies in culturing animal (or eukaryotic) cell lines, which she will be implementing within the framework of her project in the very near future.
Austin is currently pursuing a B.S. in Microbiology at Oregon State University. He is a member of the Honors College, and was the recipient of the College of Sciences' SURE fellowship (Summer Undergraduate Research Experience) last summer. He has been working on analyzing public microbiome 16S datasets related to anxiety and its comorbid disorders. He is also developing online tools that will be used in a crowdsource study on anxiety currently being implemented by the laboratory. Outside the lab, Austin is a member of the Oregon State Running Club and represents OSU in track meets during the spring.
Sonica is currently pursuing a B.S. in Computer Sciences at Oregon State University. She also is a member of the Honors College, and was the recipient of a fellowship from the College of Pharmacy Summer Research program. Sonica is currently developing new Hidden Markov Model (HMM) for metagenomic shotgun sequencing annotations from microbiome datasets. She has also been working on developing GUI interface to spread the use of these HMMs.
Annabel is a junior in the Bioengineering Program at Oregon State University. She is interested in neuroscience and currently works as a research assistant in the lab. She takes care of the mice colony, performs behavior testings and takes care of the whole lab. She has also been learning electrophysiology at OSU core facilities during the past year.