Current Lab members
Dr. Vince P. Richards - Post Doc
Masters from NOVA Southeastern University - 2005
PhD from NOVA Southeastern University - 2010
Vince has taken a somewhat unorthodox path to becoming a member of the Stanhope Lab. Rather than going to college after leaving high school he joined the air force. To be specific, the Royal Air Force, as he’s from the UK. After his stint in the RAF, Vince worked in Saudi Arabia for British Aerospace, managing to experience the first Gulf War during his stay. Following that, he decided to pursue a new line of employment: SCUBA instructor. After several years travelling throughout the Caribbean, Vince settled in the US and eventually decided to go to college after all. His degree? Marine Biology of course. Vince quickly fell in love with science and embarked on a mission to obtain a Ph.D. After many years of study, he graduated and secured a postdoc position here at Cornell with Dr. Stanhope. Unexpectedly, Vince now studies the evolution of bacterial pathogens. Specifically, his focus has been comparative genomics of Streptococcus and Campylobacter. However, he has recently taken a foray back into the world of marine biology with a study of shark transcriptomics. In his spare time, Vince enjoys spoiling his cat and riding his bike up stupid hills.
vpr3 at cornell.edu [email now]
Holly Lutz - Grad Student
B.A. in Biological Sciences from University of Chicago - 2009
Holly's research focuses on the evolution of malarial parasites and other Haemosporidians. Using phylogenetic and comparative genomic approaches, she is assessing diversification, host-specificity, and host-switching events of avian and mammalian Haemosporidians. She is also interested in documenting the biodiversity of malarial parasites in birds and small mammals in tropical regions, particularly within the Afrotropics.
Holly received her B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2009, and began her PhD studies at Cornell in 2011, where she is co-advised by Dr. Michael Stanhope (PMDS) and Dr. André Dhondt (EEB/Lab of Ornithology). Her research is intimately connected to the Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL). Through collaboration with the Field Museum's Emerging Pathogens Project, her work is contributing to a larger survey of parasites and pathogens in birds and mammals of Africa and South America.
hll47 at cornell.edu [email now]
Paulina Pavinski Bitar - Lab Tech
B.A. in biology from Hartwick College, 2004
Former Lab members
Dr. Sang Chul Choi
Sang Chul worked as a software engineer for a small software company for a few years, and spent a year and a half working as an associate researcher for Korea National Genome Research Institute before starting his Ph.D. study. After completing his Ph.D. he worked with Dr. Jody Hey at Rutgers University for two and a half years to develop a population assignment feature in his software called IMa. After that, he worked on bacterial evolution focusing on next generation sequencing data analyses in Dr. Adam Siepel and Dr. Stanhope's labs. Sang Chul's research interest is in developing and applying mathematical models in the area of molecular evolution (during his Ph.D.) and population genetics (during his postdoc). He is now a Research Associate at University of Alaska Fairbanks. Website
Dr. Haruo Suzuki
With a Stanhope lab post doc behind him, Haruo is now an Associate Professor at Yamaguchi University where he is doing bioinformatics and microbiology research, and genome and transcriptome data analyses.
Dr. Tristan Lefébure
A former post doc, Tristan is now an Associate Professor at Université Lyon 1, where he is working on evolutionary genomics. Please visit his website.
Dr. Ping Lang
After completing her post doc at the Stanhope Lab, Ping is now a Research Associate in Dr. Wang's lab in Cornell's Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Department. To find out more about her research please visit the lab's website.