Lab Members

Audrey Odom John, MD PhD

Audrey grew up in North Carolina and went to Duke University as an undergraduate. She stayed at Duke through the Medical Scientist Training Program, earning her PhD in biochemistry in 2002 and MD in 2003. After medical school, she trained in pediatrics at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she also completed her fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases. She lives with her husband, Antony (a teen novelist), two children, and two little yappy dogs in St. Louis. Audrey changed her name from Odom to Odom John in 2016.

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Alina Berlinghof

Alina is an undergraduate student from Germany who just joined the lab in the summer of 2015. She studies Biotechnology at the Hochschule Mannheim - University of Applied Sciences and she is interested in mechanisms of resistance in the malaria parasite plasmodium falciparum. She loves horse riding and to travel around.

Rachel Edwards, PhD

Rachel Edwards, a St. Louis native, received her BS in Biology from Saint Louis University. Following graduation she conducted research at Washington University with Dr. Petra Levin in the field of cell division in Bacillus subtilis. In 2008, Rachel was awarded a MS in Epidemiological Sciences and a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan under Dr. Michele Swanson where she studied metabolites and genes that govern Legionella pneumophila differentiation. She then worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Clifton Barry at the National Institutes of Health exploring the effects of translational inhibitors and a potential mechanism for programmed cell death in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. She joined the Odom lab in 2012 as a postdoctoral fellow and currently lives in University City with her husband, two children, and their one-eyed cat, Schrödinger.

Ann Guggisberg, PhD

Ann was raised in the Appalachian mountains of North Carolina. As an undergraduate, she studied genetics and biochemistry at Clemson University and remains an avid Clemson Tigers fan. In 2011, she moved to St. Louis to enter the graduate program in Molecular Genetics and Genomics at Washington University, and completed her thesis in September 2016. She is interested in the regulation of the MEP pathway in Plasmodium falciparum by HAD proteins, a novel class of parasite metabolic regulators. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, brewing, traveling, hanging out with her husband, Phil, and their cat and dog, and all things art-related.

Dana Hodge

Dana is a Missouri native who attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. She joined the Odom lab in 2008 as laboratory manager. Her projects include studies on drug resistance in the malaria parasite. She is an ardent Mizzou fan (GO Tigers!), loves all things Paris, and her spare time is devoted to her four kids!

Andrew Jezewski

Andrew is a graduate student in Molecular Microbiology and joined the Odom lab in the spring of 2014. He is interested in studying MEP pathway regulation and mechanisms of resistance in the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum. In 2012, Andrew graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha where he studied both accounting and biotechnology. Aside from his interest in research, he enjoys hiking, golfing, and watching Husker football. Go Big Red!!!

Emily Mathews, PhD

Emily was born and raised under the midnight sun in Fairbanks, Alaska. Emily became a world traveler at a very young age and this inspired her to study abroad during both high school and college. She received her BA in Human Genetics from University of Dublin – Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In 2016, Emily was awarded a PhD in Human Medical Genetics and Genomics from the University of Colorado under Dr. Bruce Appel where she studied the role of mevalonate pathway in oligodendrocyte development. Emily joined the Odom John lab in 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and gardening.

Justin Miller

Justin is a native Minnesotan who has decided to brave the heat of St. Louis. Before deciding to join the Biochemistry program at Washington University in St. Louis he graduated from Iowa State University where he studied Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry. He joined the Odom lab in 2015 with an interest in characterizing the parasite-derived isoprenoids, as well as their role during active malaria infection. Outside of lab, he enjoys rock climbing, swimming, talking about science, and watching the Iowa State Cyclone and Minnesota sports.

Chad Schaber

Chad Schaber hails from Kentucky by way of Case Western Reserve University, where he received a BS in Biology and a BA in Chemistry. He joined the Molecular Microbiology graduate program at Washington University in 2012, joining the Odom lab in 2013. His research is focused on describing the profile, production, and biological role of volatile organic compounds in P. falciparum.

Alvin Zhang

Alvin, a South Floridian, joined the Odom lab in the summer of 2015 as a Washington University undergraduate. He is interested in characterizing enzymes that regulate isoprenoid biosynthesis in malaria. Outside the lab, he works on organizing in the Asian American community at Wash.U, and learning somatic practices. He loves music, dance, and exploring new things!

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