Lab Alumni

Chris Armstrong, PhD (Left 2014)

Chris Armstrong was born on a cricket farm in northern Louisiana where he first encountered his life long love of biology. He received his BS in Biology at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He went to graduate school at MIT. There he received his PhD working in the lab of Lenny Guarente where he studied silencing and chromatin modification in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. He worked for two years on high throughput protein-protein interaction screens in the lab of Marc Vidal before moving to Washington University to study malaria in the lab of Dan Goldberg. In 2010, he started working in the Odom lab as a Research Scientist where he works on mutations in the isoprenoid biosynthetic pathway of both E. coli and P. falciparum. He currently lives in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis with his wife and their 4 dogs.

Tori Bawel (Left 2014)

Tori Bawel is from Indiana, and just joined the Odom lab in 2012 as an undergraduate research assistant. She is interested in isoprenoids that regulate cellular functions. Oh, and she is very excited about her data!

Allison Rhodes (Left 2015)

Allison Rhodes is a native San Diegan who joined the Odom lab in 2012 as a Washington University undergraduate. She is interested in a family of potential regulators of the isoprenoid biosynthesis pathway in malaria parasites. Outside the lab, she plays on the Washington University Water Polo team, tutors chemistry, and volunteers around the hospital and St. Louis!

Leah Imlay (Left 2016)

Leah is a graduate student in Molecular Microbiology, who joined the Odom lab in 2011. She is interested in understanding the biological regulation of isoprenoid metabolism, using E. coli as a "model parasite." She is an awesome dancer and the honored recipient of a Keystone symposium travel award.

Aakash Gandhi (Left 2016)

Aakash joined the Odom lab in 2013 as a Washington University as an undergraduate. He is interested in characterizing a family of enzymes believed to regulate isoprenoid biosynthesis in malaria. He spends his time outside of the lab involved in academic mentoring, programming for an undergraduate journal club, and performing with a fusion dance team.

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