Lab Members

Audrey Odom, 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.

Chris Armstrong, PhD

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

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!

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

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. She is interested in the regulation of the MEP pathway in Plasmodium falciparum. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, brewing, traveling, 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 the isoprenoid metabolome in malaria, and genetic studies on inositol metabolism in the parasite. She is an ardent Mizzou fan (GO Tigers!), loves all things Paris, and her spare time is devoted to her four kids!

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.

Leah Imlay

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.

Allison Rhodes

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!

Aakash Gandhi

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.

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!!!