Kristine Wylie, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Kristine is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. She earned her B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. She then worked on The Human Genome Project as a research technician and laboratory manager before earning her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University School of Medicine in the Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology studying herpes simplex virus infections and host response. Kristine did her postdoctoral work in the field of microbial genomics, with emphasis on characterizing the human virome. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, taking her dogs for walks on trails, watching way too many movies, and traveling.

Brandi Herter, BS
Research Lab Manager

Brandi earned her B.S. from Southern Illinois University. She came to Washington University to work on the Human Microbiome Project, and subsequently she joined the Wylie lab. Brandi is working on several projects, including studies of the microbiome and host response in vaginal samples from pregnant women. When not in the lab, Brandi enjoys working in her garden, walking nature trails, and doing craft projects with her children.

Galileu Barbosa Costa, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Galileu is a Brazilian native who joined Wylie lab in October 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow. Galileu completed his PhD in Microbiology in March 2018 from the Federal University of Minas Gerais State, under Dr. Giliane Trindade’s supervision. He studied the ecoepidemiological aspects and risk factors for vaccinia virus circulation among human and animal populations in Brazil. Before coming to Saint Louis, Galileu spent 2 years in Atlanta, working at the Poxvirus and Rabies Branch of the CDC. Galileu is interested in studying the human virome in generally healthy and asymptomatic populations. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing volleyball, traveling, hanging out with friends, and trying different food!

Jane Schrimpf, BS
Staff Scientist

Jane joined the Wylie lab as a staff scientist in June of 2019. Jane earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin and has worked as a research technician in several immunology and infectious disease laboratories, most recently at St. Louis University. In her free time, Jane enjoys reading, gardening, and walking with her dogs.

Haley Gula, MS
Research Technician

Haley earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In Graduate School she researched mutant genes in mushrooms. She is now working on a project investigating the effects of the microbiome on pregnancy. Born in central Illinois, Haley is an avid Cubs fan. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, cooking, being outdoors, and traveling.

McKenzie Anderson
Undergraduate Research Assistant

McKenzie is a student at Washington University and has come to the Wylie Lab as a laboratory assistant in order to further her skills in the lab. At Washington University, McKenzie is taking pre-med courses and studying cognitive neuroscience. In her free time McKenzie enjoys performing with the Washington University Symphony Orchestra, reading medical books, watching movies, and traveling around the world.

Renee Rubio
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Renee is an undergraduate at Washington University in St. Louis studying Biochemistry and Dance. She has come to the Wylie lab in order to further her skills in research and in the lab, while expanding her breadth of knowledge in the field of microbiology. In her free time, Renee enjoys being a part of WashU Dance Theatre and WashU Dance Collective, spending time with friends, and watching movies.

Stephanie Lushniak
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Stephanie is a junior at Washington University and is very excited to be a part of the Wylie Lab as a laboratory assistant. Stephanie is a Biology and Global Health double major at Washington University, and she is on the pre-medical track. On campus, Stephanie is a member of the Washington University Greenleafs, Wash U’s all female a cappella group, and is an EMT on the Emergency Support Team.

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