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.

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.

Madison Eschbach, MS
Research Technician II

Madison joined the lab in December of 2020 as a research technician. Madison earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville just before joining the lab. Her master’s thesis work focused on bacterial symbioses with a social amoeba, Dictyostelium discoideum. Madison enjoys spending free time with family and friends, reading and walking her dog.

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 Rubiano
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.

Dylan Stoutenburg
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Dylan is a current undergraduate junior at Washington University in St. Louis and joined the Wylie lab to hone his research skills and to increase his knowledge of microbiology outside the classroom. He is currently majoring in Microbiology with a minor in Film and Media Studies and is on the premed track. In his free time, Dylan is a member of the club baseball team, Campus Y, and Greek Life.

Claire Wild
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Claire is a senior at Washington University in St. Louis on the pre-med track, majoring in Global Health & the Environment and minoring in Creative Practice for Social Change. She is excited to be a part of the Wylie lab as a laboratory assistant to do microbiology research through the lens of the social determinants of health. On campus, Claire enjoys volunteering as an EMT on the Emergency Support Team and playing music on the campus radio station, KWUR 90.3 FM.

Aaron Aanestad
Undergraduate Research Assistant

Aaron is an undergraduate student majoring in Computational Biology and Genomics and minoring in Computer Science. He looks forward to involvement with the Wylie Lab to apply data analytics skills to genetic research and undertake microbiology investigations to improve healthcare. Outside of academics and laboratory involvement, Aaron is a volunteer EMT with the WashU Emergency Support Team and a member of WashU Powerlifting.

Former Personnel

Brandi Herter, B.S., Research Lab Manager

Galileu Barbosa-Costa, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate

Haley Gula, M.S., Research Technician

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