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The Poretsky Microbial Ecology Lab


Rachel Poretsky, PhD
– Associate 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 AKA CS/BIOS 112: Introduction to Programming for Biology

Rachel’s CV.

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Erik Andersson
– PhD Student –
Christopher Owen
– PhD Student –
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Sarah Turner
– PhD Student –
Jarrad Hampton-Marcell
– Bridge to the Faculty Postdoc –
Jamal Sheriff
– PhD Student –
Leah Kelly
– MS Student –
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Alex Soltys
– PostBac Fellow –

-Our current, fabulous undergraduate researchers-

Eva Durance

Prisila Alvarez (L@S GANAS)

Lab Alumna:

Adit Chaudhary (PhD 2020)

Melissa Pierce (Postdoc 2016-2020)

Emily Dodd (M.S., 2019)

Binh Chu (Postdoc, 2015-2017)

Anirban Ray (Lab Manager, 2014-2015)

Imrose Kauser (Grad student, 2013-2016)


Haidy Delgado (L@S GANAS)
Fabian Trejo (SROP)
Dolores Sanchez (B2B, L@S GANAS)
Savannah Stiglic 

Matthew Ploger
Maria Pappas
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)