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Dr. Kimberley Seed, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley

Education and Training:

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular Biology & Microbiology, Tufts University School of Medicine

Ph.D. Microbiology and Biotechnology, University of Alberta


Angus Angermeyer- Postdoc

Angus studied the biogeography and ecology of marine microbes for his PhD at Brown University and the Marine Biological Laboratory.

He earned his BSc from the University of Washington and the Evergreen State College for work on bacterial biofilms.

He is currently developing bioinformatic methods to help elucidate the genetics involved in bacteriophage/Vibrio cholerae interactions.

Zachary Barth - Graduate Student

Zach received a BS in Biology from The College of New Jersey and an MS in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan. Zach is currently studying the interaction between ICP1 and PLE DNA replication.


Caroline Boyd - Graduate Student

Caroline received a B.A. in Molecular Biology from Colorado College where she studied the role of Type IV pili in natural competence in A. baylyi using atomic force microscopy.

Her current interests are in the molecular mechanisms regulating PLE transduction. She is particularly focused on understanding how PLE interacts with and manipulates ICP1 machinery for its own purposes.


Peter DePaola - Undergraduate Researcher

Peter is a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Chemical Biology in the College of Chemistry. Before joining the Seed Lab, he worked extensively on enzymatic detection and signal amplification of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. In the Seed Lab, Peter has fallen in love with genetics and wants to continue to learn the connection between gene and protein expression. 


Drew Dunham - Graduate Student

Drew received a B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Michigan in 2011 where he researched microbial pathogenesis and synthetic biology. Following graduation, he worked at Ecovia Renewables generating super-absorbent biopolymers for diverse applications. His current research focuses on the role that regulatory non-coding RNAs play in modulating V. cholerae/phage infection dynamics. Drew received an NSF GRFP award in 2018.


Steph Hays - Postdoc

Steph focused on engineered photosynthetic microbial communities during her PhD in Systems Biology at Harvard. 

She completed her B.S./M.S. at RPI in Biochemistry & Biophysics. There she dabbled in recombinant antibody production, hMSCs, and microbial communities. Her current work is focused on how PLE changes ICP1-mediated lysis.


Jordan Hoff - Undergraduate Researcher

Jordan is an undergraduate studying Microbiology and is particularly interested in viral and bacterial evolution especially in the context of human pathogens. He is currently working on evaluating the necessity of phage genes using a CRISPR based approach. 

Kristen LeGault - Graduate Student

Kristen completed her BSc. in Biology from McGill University and a MSc from the University of New Brunswick in Marine Biology, before realizing that microbiology is by far the most exciting field in biology. She began her PhD at UC Berkeley in September 2016, and her thesis project is focused on a PLE-encoded nuclease.  She was awarded an NSF GRFP award in 2017. 


Amelia McKitterick - Graduate Student

Amelia earned her BA in Biology from Vassar College and her MPH in Hospital & Molecular Epidemiology from the University of Michigan. Currently, Amelia is investigating the cues leading to PLE induction upon phage infection. Awarded the Genetics Training Grant in 2015.


Zoe Netter - Graduate Student

Zoe completed a B.S. at the University of Rochester in Microbiology with research projects on protein translation biochemistry. She then worked as a technician studying host-pathogen interactions in M. tuberculosis at UCSF/UC Berkeley before joining PMB in 2017. Her current research aims to uncover mechanisms of PLE-mediated phage defense and contextualize Vibrio-phage dynamics in the human gut environment.


Maria Nguyen - Undergraduate Researcher

Maria is an undergraduate double majoring in Biochemistry and Microbial Biology. She studied synthetic chemistry at Stanford before discovering the world of microbes. Now, she’s completely fallen in love with bacteria & phages and is excited to contribute to research in the Seed lab


Tania Silvas - Postdoc

Tania received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolution from the University of California Santa Barbara. She then went on to study Molecular Microbiology through her research on the quorum sensing response in B. subtilis as a PREP Fellow at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
During her PhD, she investigated the structural basis for human disease at University of Massachusetts Medical School. In the Seed Lab, she plans to elucidate the molecular interplay between ICP1 and PLE in V. cholerae.


Minh Chau - Lab Assistant