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.
Emily grew up in Richmond, VA, and completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech. Emily participated in undergraduate research for two years focusing on Clostridium perfringens. After graduating at VT in May 2020, Emily matriculated into the BIMS program in July 2020. She then joined the Kendall lab in early 2021. Her research focuses on host-microbiota-pathogen interactions. In her free time, Emily enjoys thrift shopping, reading, playing with her pet cat Grim, and making herbal tea blends.
Former Lab Members
Beth McKenney, PhD
Current position: Biologist, The National Ground Intelligence Center
CJ Anderson, PhD
Postdoc, Ravichandran lab, University of Gent
Current position: EHS officer, UVA
Debi Luzader, PhD
Current position: Scientist, FDA
Laura Gonyar, PhD
Current position: Research Scientist, Department of Pediatrics, UVA
Carol Rowley, MD, PhD
Current position: Pediatrics Resident, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
Current position: Scientist, biotech company in the Charlottesville area.
Brooke Sauder, PhD
Current Position: Scientist, Locust Biosciences
Former Undergraduate Trainees