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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


Pooja Bhardwaj - Postdoc

Pooja studied transcriptional and adaptive stress responses to antimicrobials in Enterococcus faecium during her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology at UT Dallas. She earned her B.Tech in Biotechnology from India. She began her postdoctoral training at UC Berkeley in August 2017 and is interested in elucidating how PLEs block phage production in Vibrio cholerae.


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.

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 is thrilled to have joined the Seed Lab. Although she hasn't yet honed in on a thesis project, she is broadly interested in phage-Vibrio dynamics within the host environment.  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.


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

Dipo Toriola - Lab Assistant