Lab Members


Melissa Kendall, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology

I grew up outside of Detroit Michigan, and received my undergraduate degree in French from Michigan State University in 1995. After college, I entered the Environmental Sciences and Resources: Biology program at Portland State University, where I did my dissertation work in Dr. David Boone’s lab. This research explored the physiology and ecology of microbes living in permanently cold, anoxic marine sediments and primarily focused on methanogens, the methane-producing Archaea, and their syntrophic interactions. After receiving my Ph.D. in 2006, I joined Dr. Vanessa Sperandio’s lab at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for post-doctoral training. During my fellowship training, I became interested in how EHEC integrates environmental signals to recognize a host environment and modulate expression of genes important for pathogenesis, and this interest remains the driving force behind the research in my lab. I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology at the University of Virginia.

Beth McKenney

Graduate Student

Beth joined the BIMS program in 2013 after receiving her BS from the University of Maryland and an MS from George Mason University. Her research focuses on the mechanisms by which ethanolamine influences virulence gene regulation and signaling in EHEC. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting Charlottesville’s many wineries, playing with her dog, Dexter, and reading.

Brooke Sauder

Graduate Student

Brooke completed her undergraduate work at James Madison University where she received a B.S. in Biology and minored in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She joined the lab in 2016 and is currently working on how metabolites influence virulence regulation in Salmonella Typhimurium. In her free time, Brooke enjoys woodworking, reading, and spending time with her dog.

Carol Rowley

Graduate Student

Carol graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2013 with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She entered the UVA Medical Scientist Training Program in the fall of 2014 and joined the Kendall lab in 2016. Currently, she is using in vitro and in vivo methods to characterize how an ethanolamine regulatory protein alters the virulence of EHEC. When not in lab, she enjoys running, hiking, and painting and hopes to eventually become tough enough to complete a triathlon.

John Satkovich

Research Technician

Former Lab Members


CJ Anderson

CJ is currently a postdoc in Kodi Ravichandran’s lab at the University of Ghent.

David Clark

Laboratory Specialist

David is currently working for a biotech company in the Charlottesville area.

Debi Luzader

Debi is currently a post-doc in the Sean Moore’s lab at UVA

Laura Gonyar, PhD

Postdoc, former Graduate Student in the Kendall Lab

Laura is currently a post doc in Erik Hewlett’s lab at UVA.

Marina Girgis

Undergraduate Student

Marina is finishing her BS and is planning to attend medical school.

Sean Noona

Former Undergraduate Researcher