Kelley Gallagher

Assistant Professor
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Kelley (she/her) is a microbiologist fascinated by the remarkable molecular diversity found in bacteria. Kelley earned her Ph.D. from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, after which she conducted postdoctoral research in the John Innes Centre in Norwich, United Kingdom, followed by the Université de Montréal in Canada. Outside of the lab she enjoys playing the flute, curling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring new cities whenever possible.

Justine Choi

Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar
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Justine (she/her) is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in biological sciences. She loves learning about life at the microscopic level. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time exploring Ithaca’s natural areas, trying new foods, and finding new books to read.

Ethan Cohen

Undergraduate Researcher
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Ethan (he/him) is an undergraduate student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences majoring in biological sciences. He enjoys exploring life through the lens of microbiology, understanding the complex workings of biological processes at their smallest scale. Beyond the lab, Ethan enjoys weightlifting, trying new recipes, and rooting for the New York Rangers and Indianapolis Colts.

Joee Denis

PhD Student
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Joee (she/her) is a microbiologist with a keen interest in microbial ecology and evolution. She earned her B.S in Biology from the University of Southern California and continued her academic journey by attaining a M.S in Microbiology from California State University, Fresno. Beyond her scientific pursuits in the lab, Joee enjoys curating the perfect playlist, participating in movie night, and taking refreshing swims in the lakes and rivers surrounding Ithaca.

Talyia Griffin

PhD Student
NSF Graduate Research Fellow
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Talyia (she/her) is a Ph.D. student with a broad interest in biological engineering and its application in natural and agricultural settings. Talyia received her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Albany State University with a concentration in Biotechnology. Outside of the laboratory, Talyia enjoys knitting, watching international television/movies, and curating fashion pieces from various years and regions.


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