Greiman, Ph.D. student
Stephen worked in the lab since 2009 as an undergradute student
and started his Ph.D. program in May of 2011, next day after his
graduation! He participated in several projects and collecting
trips (Mississippi, Alaska, North Dakota and Minnesota) and received
multiple departmental awards for undergraduate and graduate stduents,
REU and AURA stipends as well as travel support from UND, American
Society of Parasitologists and PBI grant. In his first two years
as a graduate student Stephen collected material in multiple U.S.
states, Laos, Guatemala, Philippines and Vietnam and has 9 papers
published or accepted for publication. In both years he received
awards for an outstanding Ph.D. student and several travel awards.
The subject of his Ph.D. disertation are Neorickettsia
bacteria endosymbiotic in digeneans. This work is progressing
Rios, M.S. student
Susana Rios has joined the lab in August of 2011 after graduation
from the Shippensburg University, PA. On the next day after arrival
to Grand Forks, before she even had a chance to unpack, she went
with us to the field and proved to be a capable collector. That
was agreat sign! For her thesis Susana is studying adult and larval
stages of avian schistosomatids in birds and snails in North Dakota.
She looks for schistosomatids in both snails and birds and uses
DNA sequencing for their identification and systematic/phylogenetic
placement. The specimen ollecting has been mostly completed in
2013 and now Susana works on sequencing, morphology, data analysis
and preparation of the thesis.
Bell, Ph.D. student
Jeff has received his M.S. degree from
the North Dakota State University as an ornithologist. Woodpeckers
are his favorite group of birds. Jeff has gained a lot of experience
doing research on several projects related to birds and their
parasites and authored/co-authored multiple publications. He has
successfully started his project on the hematozoans of Amazonian
Patitucci , M.S. student
Kaylyn took only 2 weeks of rest after graduation from the Washington
State University before moving to Grand Forks. She worked with
us during the expedition in Oregon in May 2013 and did a very
good job. During the summer and her first semester at the UND
Kaylyn made a very quick progress learning various parasites and
numerous techniques. She participated in the collecting trip to
Mississippi in June of 2013 and gained experience working with
various vertebrates, from snakes and turtles to birds and alligators.
She collected in North Dakota and went to an expedition in Peru
in November of 2013 with the team of researchers from Chicago
Field Museum and the University of Chicago. Her thesis will be
on some group of parasites of Amazonian birds in the project funded
by the NSF BS&I. Kaylyn also prepares papers on parasites
of leeches in Mississippi, shrews in Oregon and birds from the
Philippines. Sounds like a diverse hobby.
Steffes , undergraduate student
Kayla is a Biology senior and worked in
the lab for nearly 2 years helping with several projects. She
was a recipient of the NSF REU scholarship in the summer of 2012
to work with material on nematodes from South American birds.
As her independent study she participated in the description of
a new microphallid species and genus from Australian rodents and
an Alloglossidium from leeches in Minnesota.The Alloglossidum
paper will be published in December 2013. Kayla has graduated
in May of 2013, but in the summer of 2013 she still worked on
molecular characterization of digenean larval stages collected
from snails in North Dakota and overseas.Kayla is applying to
veterinary schools and had interviews recently. We keep our fingers
crossed for you, Kayla!
Nelson, undergraduate student
Roy is now a physical therapy major. He
assists with several projects in the lab including studies of
avian blood flukes, some digeneans from North Dakota and Minnesota
and Neorickettsia project.
Lawrence, undergraduate student
Emily is a Biology senior and plans to
continue her studies at a medical school upon graduation from
UND. Emily works on several projects. In the spring semester of
2013 she primarily focused on sequencing rhabdiasid nematodes.
In the summer and fall of of 2013 she works on tapeworm descriptions
and phylogenetics and is supported by the REU from the tapworm
PBI project. Emily is applying to medical schools and plans to
become a family physician.
Spencer Carmichael (high school student)
Spencer's training and participation in research during the summer
of 2012 was supported by the NSF summer scholarship for high school
student. He learned a lot of things and assisted in various lab
projects and activities. Spencer's assistance with maintainig
snail colonies was particularly important for the ongoing research
in the lab.
Christopher Bothun, undergraduate student
Chris is a Biology senior and assists in
several projects. He was a recipient of the NSF REU scholarship
in the summer of 2012 to work on avian schistosomatids. Chris
is accepted in the School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota
where he will begin his studies in the fall of 2013
Amanda Steffes (high school student)
Amanda's training and participation in research during the summer
of 2012 was supported by the NSF summer scholarship for high school
student. Amanda learned PCR, DNA sequencing, some elements of
microscopy, screening snails for cercariae gs and assisted in
Andrew Mills (undergraduate student)
Andrew worked in the lab since spring of 2009 through summer
of 2011. Andrew helped with multiple project, but his main focus
was the differentiation between species of Alloglossidium
in Minnesota and North Dakota. This work has resulted in Andrew
receiving the award for the best Honors thesis at UND in 2011
and publication of a peer-reviewed paper in "Acta Parasitologica"
with molecular and morphological differentiation among Alloglossidium
and description of a new species. His other project dealt with
the phylogenetic position of poorly known digenean genus Neoheterophyes
from southeast Asian bats. The manuscript on this subject is under
preparation. Andrew has presented his work at meetings and received
several departmental awards including Edith Larson Award for Outstanding
Undergraduate Student and several other distinctions. Andrew was
awarded an AURA and REU stipends. Now he is studying at the UND
school of Medicine.
Sierra Unruh (undergraduate student)
Sierra helped with a couple of projects, but her main focus was
the differentiation and description of a new species of liolopid
digeneans from Australian freshwater crocodile. The manuscript
is under preparation. Currently Sierra is studying at an optometry
Kaitlyn Kelly (undergraduate student)
Kaitlyn worked on molecular comparison of Cloacotaenia tapeworms
from several species of waterfowl collected in Europe and North
America. She has graduated from UND at the end of 2011.
Eric Strand (undergraduate student)
Eric worked in the lab since spring of2007 through spring of
2009. He helped with preparing DNA sequences and slides of several
turtle digenean taxa as well as sequences of Austramphilina
and Macroderoides digeneans from alligator gar in Texas.
He co-authored a paper on a new species of Macroderoides.
Eric has presented his work at two regional meetings and was a
recepient of highly competitive Oschel-Whittaker award ($5,000)
in 2007 and departmental Edith Larson Award for Outstanding Undergraduate
Student in 2008. Eric was also awarded an AURA and REU stipends.
Upon his graduation from UND Eric has started his studies at the
School of Dentistry of the University of Minnesota.
||Rachel Krein (undergraduate student)
worked in the lab since fall of 2007 through spring of 2009. She
helped with various taxa, but her specific project is the molecular
(ribosomal and mitochondrial genes) and morphological identification
and differentiation of amphilinid cestodes from Australian turtles.
This proved to be an extremely difficult group due to numerous
problems with DNA amplification and sequencing, particularly of
ribosomal genes. She has defended her Honors thesis and graduated
in May 2009. Rachel was also awarded an AURA and REU stipends.
As of December of 2011 she works in a biomedical laboratory in
||Antoine Fettig (undergraduate student)
worked on molecular differentiation among digeneans of the genus
Choanocotyle during 2007 and 2008. She processed all
available samples except for the most recent ones collected upon
her graduation from UND in May 2008. She extracted DNA, obtained
sequences, made digital images of extracted specimens and prepared
total mounts of extracted specimens and additional vouchers. Toni
received an award (and a book signed by John Janovy! - see photo)
for the best poster at the Northern Prairie Biological Symposium
in April 2008. Toni was awarded an REU stipends. Her work will
allow us to summarize available data on this genus and publish
a paper with her as a co-author). Toni planned to apply for a
medical school and become a family doctor.
||Jenifer Ness (undergraduate student)
worked on molecular and morphological differentiation of digeneans
of the genus Sigmapera since spring of 2007 through fall
of 2008. She processed a large number of samples which, combined
with data obtained by PIs Snyder and Tkach, helped to outline
distribution of two cryptic species of this previously monotypical
genus. Jenifer was the only undergraduate who presented her work
at the Northern Prairie Biological Symposium in April 2008. She
also received a highly competitive Oschel-Whittaker award ($5,000)
in 2007 and departmental Floyd Hunter Award for field work in
2008. Jenifer has graduated from UND in December 2008 and planned
to become a veterinary doctor.
||Christina Brewer (Ph.D. student)
has started as a Ph.D. stdent, but after a year had to stop due
to health issues. She had time to work on two projects involving
digeneans of bats and sea turtles.
||Michael Maier (undergraduate student)
worked with me one semester only in the fall 2006, but he was
able to sequence numerous samples of nematodes belonging to genera
Camallanus, Krefftascaris and Spiroxys.
His works has allowed to provide reliable molecular differentiatio
among species of Camallanus from Australian turtles and
describe a new species. Mike co-auithored a paper in "Comparative
Parasitology". Mike has graduated from UND and has now graduated
from the school of Dentistry of the University of Minnesota.
LeAnne worked in the lab for two years and did outstanding job
assisting with various projects, mainly studying frog parasites
and filariid nematodes. Her individual project was focused on
the digeneans of the family Macroderoididae. She co-authored a
paper describing a new species of Macroderoides from
Texas. LeAnne always wanted to become a veterinarian. Upon graduateion
from UND LeAnne was accepted by several top veterinary programs.
She chose the University of Colorado and has graduated from it
a year ago. Now LeAnne works at a veterinary
clinic in Winona, Minnesota.
Mary has started working in the lab in summer of 2003 and graduated
in spring of 2004. She assisted in a project studying frog parasites
and did research for her Honors thesis studying digenean metacercariae
causing "black spots" in a gynogenetic cyprinid fish
complex in Voyageurs National Park. This research was a part of
a wider study carried out by Dr. Isaac Schlosser and his students.
Upon graduation Mary entered the M.S. of public health program
at the Johns Hopkins university.
and present collaborators (this part is still under construction)
||Dr. Scott D. Snyder
University of Nebraska
Dr. Zdzislaw Swiderski
Institute of Parasitology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
||Dr. Yuriy Kuzmin
Institute of Zoology, Kiev,
||Dr. David Blair
James Cook University, Townsville,
Dr. Sara Brant
University of New Mexico
Dr. Jason Weckstein
Field Museum, Chicago
Dr. Vadim Kornyushin
Institute of Zoology, Kiev, Ukraine
Eric is a Ph.D. student of Dr. Robin Overstreet, Gulf Coast Research
Laboratory, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs.
Anybody who might need a postdoc or a faculty/stuff parasitologist
in near future should dial his number immediately before others
Dr. Arseny Makarikov
Institute of of animal systematics and evolution of the Russian
Academy of Sciences, Novosibirsk
Arseny is an expert of hymenolepidids of small mammals, particularly
Dr. Mike Kinsella
HelmWest Laboratory, Missoula, Montana
Dr. Stephen Curran
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS
Dr. Boyko Georgiev
Central Laboratory of General Ecology, Sofia, Bulgaria
Dr. Bibigul Zhumabekova
Pavlodar State Pedagogical University, Kazakhstan