Benjamin Hornstein, Ph.D.

August 2011 - March 2017: Graduate Student
Ph.D. MVM (2017)
Thesis Title: "Effects of circular DNA vector length on transfection efficiency via electroporation AND Single nucleotide polymorphism in Escherichia coli DNA repair gene MutM affects function by altering protein stability"
Funding: CFAR seed funding, Lab R01 funds

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab

Truston Bodine, Ph.D.

July 2010 - July 2012, July 2014 - December 2016: M.D./Ph.D. Student
Ph.D. TBMM (2016)
Thesis Title: “Genetic characterization of multidrug-resistant clinical isolates and investigation of the resistance-associated ligase B gene”
Funding: TBMM T32, MSTP T32, R01

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab

Kimberly M. Carlson-Banning, Ph.D.

March 2010 - August 2013: Graduate Student
Ph.D. BIOCH (2013)

Professional Society:
American Society for Microbiology (since 2010)

Awards
Second place poster award, Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases Retreat, Houston, Texas, March 2012
Honorary Talk Award, Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Retreat October 2011.

Talks/Poster Presentations
(March 2012) Poster - Molecular Basis of Infectious Diseases Retreat
(October 2011) Talk- Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Retreat
(May 2011) Poster- 111th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology
(October 2010) Poster- Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Retreat 
(October 2010) Poster- Baylor Graduate Student Symposium 
(October 2009) Poster- Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Retreat
(October 2008) Poster- Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Retreat 

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Michelle C. Swick, Ph.D.

July 2006 - March 2011: Graduate Student 
Ph.D. CMB (2011) 
Thesis Title: Molecular Mechanisms, Clinical Trends and Genomic Fingerprints of Multidrug- Resistant E. coli Isolates

Awards
2009, 2010 8-Stranded Beta-Barrel Jelly Roll Award for Best Teaching Assistant – presented by the first year class, Baylor College of Medicine
2008-2011 Fellow of the W.M. Keck Center Gulf Coast Consortia
2007 Retreat Organizer, 2007 Research Conference and Retreat in Cell and Molecular Biology, Baylor College of Medicine
2004 Mendelian Award for Excellence in Biology, Carlow University
2004 Honor’s Scholar, Carlow University
2004 B.S. Biology Magnum cum laude, Carlow University
2000-2004 Dean’s List, Carlow University

Professional Societies
2007-present American Society for Microbiology
2000-2004 Beta Beta Beta Biological Honors Society
2000-2002 American Chemical Society

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Postdoctoral Fellow: 
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
6431 Fannin St. MSB 1.508, Houston, TX 77030
Phone: (713) 500-5451
Michelle.C.Swick@uth.tmc.edu

Current Position:
Medical Writer
Bioscience Writers
Houston, Texas

Lauren S. Becnel, Ph.D.

August 2004 - May 2008Graduate Student
Ph.D. MVM (2008)
Thesis TitleFactors Affecting Fluoroquinolone Toxicity in Clinical Isolates of E. coli
Funding: 2005-2008: Training Fellowship, Pharmacoinformatics Training Program, W. M. Keck Center for Computational & Structural Biology, Gulf Coast Consortia (NIH Grant No. 1 T90 DK070109-01)2004: Houston Independent School District and Baylor College of Medicine's Discovery Center Mentoring Gran

Professional Societies
Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, South Central Texas Chapter (since 2006)

Awards
First place tie Pharmacoinformatics Layperson Writing Contest, 16th Annual Keck Center Research Conference, Houston, Texas (2006)

Travel Award: Bugs, Drugs, and Vaccines: Securing Our Future, Sponsored by the Academy of Medicine, Engineering, and Science of Texas, Galveston, Texas (2006)

Third place, University of Texas School of Health Information Science Fall Symposium Poster Award, The University of Texas, Houston, Texas (2005)

Third place, Molecular Virology and Microbiology Retreat Poster Award, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas (2005)

Third place, Pharmacoinformatics Writing Contest, Keck Center of the Gulf Coast Consortia, Houston, Texas (2005)

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Previous Position: Co-Director, Biostatistics and Informatics, Dan L Duncan Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Current Position: Director of Biostatistics and Informatics and Strategic Alliances at the Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium, Austin, Texas

Graham L. Randall, Ph.D.

May 2004 -  May 2008: Graduate Student
Ph.D. SCBMB (2008)
Thesis Title: Bullied No More: When and how DNA Shoves Proteins Around.
Primary Mentor: B. Montgomery Pettitt 
Funding: Training fellowship, W. M. Keck Center for Computational & Structural Biology, Gulf Coast Consortia (NLM Grant No. 5T15LM07093)

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Current Position: C.E.O. Noninvasix Medical Devices
Houston, Texas

Sonia K. Morgan-Linnell, Ph.D.

May 2003 - January 2008: Graduate Student
Ph.D. MVM (2008)
Thesis Title: Accounting for Clinical Fluoroquinolone Resistance in E. coli
Funding: Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Program

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Previous Position: Coordinator of Clinical Research Programs, Investigational Cancer Therapeutics, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer
skmorgan@mdanderson.org

Current Position: Chief Editor, Bioscience Writers, LLC., Houston, Texas

Jennifer K. Mann, Ph.D.

May 2002 - February 2007: Graduate Student
Ph.D. (2007)
Florida State University, Program in Biomedical Mathematics,
Primary Mentor: De Witt L. Sumners
Thesis Title: DNA Knotting: Occurrences, Consequences & Resolution
Funding: Program in Mathematics & Molecular Biology
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Interfaces Program

March - May 2007 BCM MVM: Postdoctoral Fellow

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Postdoctoral Fellow:
Department of Mathematics, University of Texas, Austin.

Current Position: Lecturer and Assistant Undergraduate Mathematics Faculty Advisor
Department of Mathematics, University of Texas, Austin

Contact:
Jennifer K. Mann, Ph.D.
Department of Mathematics
The University of Texas
1 University Station/C1200
Austin, TX 78712-0257

Christopher R. Lopez, Ph.D.

May 1999 - August 2006: Graduate Student
Ph.D. CMB (2006)
Thesis title: Investigating the in vivo role of topoisomerase III in E. coli.
Funding: Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program
DAMD17-02-1-0287

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Postdoctoral Position
Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
Houston, Texas

Richard W. Deibler, Ph.D.

June 1998 - February 2003: Graduate Student
Ph.D. CMB (2003)
Thesis title: "Biological Implications of DNA knots and the in vivo activity of topoisomerase IV"
Funding: August 1997 - July 1998 CMB training grant T32 GM08231 July 1998 - February 2003 Predoctoral Fellowship from the Program in Mathematics & Molecular Biology National Science Foundation and Burroughs Wellcome Fund)

February - September 2003: Postdoctoral Fellow:

Funding: February - June 2003 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Program in Mathematics & Molecular Biology (National Science Foundation and Burroughs Wellcome Fund)
July - September 2003 NSF grant (ELZ, P.I.)

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Jane Coffin Childs Postdoctoral Fellow: Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Systems Biology
Harvard Medical School
Building C1, Room 501
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-432-2291

Current Position: Scientist
Good Start Genetics, Inc.
237 Putnam Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 372-6351

Sonia Rahmati, Ph.D.

April 1998 - May 2001: Graduate Student
Ph.D. MVM (2001)
Thesis title: "Quinolone resistance mechanisms in E. coli"
Funding: CFAR training grant, MVM funds

Publications while in the Zechiedrich Lab.

Postdoctoral Fellow: Associate Team Lead, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program,
National Space Biomedical Research Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Assistant Professor:
Center for Educational Outreach, 
Department of Family Medicine,
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas

Current Position: Science Chair Upper School Science Faculty-Biology
Kinkaid School
Houston, Texas

Visiting Graduate Students

Karin Valencia, Ph.D

May - July 2005: Visiting Graduate Student

Then graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Dorothy Buck, Department of Mathematics, Imperial College, London
Funding: Imperial College, London Travel Award

Robert Schneider, Ph.D.

March - May 1999: Visiting Graduate Student

Then graduate student in the laboratory of Professor Georgi Muskhelishvili
Funding: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft through SFB 190
Ph.D., Ludwig Maximillian University, Institute for Genetics and Microbiology, Munich, Germany

Postdoctoral Fellow: MRC, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Current Position: Faculty at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany

Mailing Address:
Dr. Robert Schneider
MPI for Immunobiology
Stuebweg 51
79108 Freiburg
Germany
Phone: 0049 (0) 761 5108 378