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The Poretsky Microbial Ecology Lab


Rachel Poretsky, PhD
– Assistant Professor –

Rachel hails from the great urban microbial hotspot of Brooklyn, NY. She obtained a BS in Biology from Brandeis University in 1999 and a PhD in Marine Sciences from the University of Georgia in 2008. She was a postdoc at Caltech in Geology and Planetary Sciences and at Georgia Tech in Environmental Engineering. She has done pioneering work using metagenomics and metatranscriptomics of microbial communities. Since January 2013 she has been an Assistant Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Classes taught: Bios 450: Advanced Microbiology; Bios 594: Environmental Microbial Genomics; Bios 531: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution I;CS 111 Green: Introduction to Programming for Biology

Rachel’s CV.

Melissa Pierce
– Postdoc –
Adit Chaudhary
– PhD Student –
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Sarah Turner
– PhD Student –
Jarrad Hampton-Marcell
– PhD Student –
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Erik Andersson
– PhD Student –
Christopher Owen
– PhD Student –

-Our current, fabulous undergraduate researchers-

Dolores Sanchez (former B2B, current L@S GANAS)

Savannah Stiglic

Haidy Delgado (L@S GANAS)

Prisila Alvarez (L@S GANAS)

Lab Alumna:

Emily Dodd (M.S., 2019)

Binh Chu (Postdoc, 2015-2017)

Anirban Ray (Lab Manager, 2014-2015)

Imrose Kauser (Grad student, 2013-2016)


Maria Pappas
Matthew Ploger

Kehinde Pedro (SROP student)
Rachel Macam (LAS Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Mayowa Balogun (Bridges to Baccalaureate 2016)
Katherine Barkus, MS 2015
Dorothy Wright (Bridges to Baccalaureate 2015-2016)
Marc Ciesielski
Hillary Pham (Honors College Capstone 2015)
Jennifer Arista (Honors College Capstone 2015)
Juana Villagomez (Bridges to Baccalaureate 2014-15)
Neil Mohindra (Honors College Capstone 2014)
Markeia Scruggs
Parth Patel (Honors College Capstone 2014)
Kristina Behnke (Honors College Capstone 2014)