Current Lab members

Dr. Vincent P. Richards - Research Associate

Masters from NOVA Southeastern University - 2005
PhD from NOVA Southeastern University - 2010

Vince photo

Vince’s research focuses on important groups of human and domestic livestock pathogens: Streptococcus, Campylobacter, and Escherichia coli. Using comparative genomic approaches he elucidates mechanisms of how these pathogens evolve and adapt to their hosts. Specifically, how they acquire virulence factors enabling them to cause disease and/or evade host defenses. In addition, he evaluates genomic responses to distinct environments by examining genome-wide gene expression profiles. Major outcomes of this work are the identification of genes that are putative targets for novel therapeutic strategies, and insight into transmission dynamics among hosts and environments. In addition to his work with bacterial pathogens, he sequenced and characterized the first transcriptome for the white shark (Carcharodon carcharias), and comparative analyses suggested metabolic convergence with mammals. Currently, he’s utilizing population genomic approaches to study the population structure, demographic history, and transmission dynamics of the zoonotic pathogen S. agalactiae.

vpr3 at [email now]

Holly Lutz - Grad Student

B.A. in Biological Sciences from University of Chicago - 2009

Holly Lutz

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 [email now]

Paulina Pavinski Bitar - Lab Tech

B.A. in biology from Hartwick College, 2004


Paulina started out with an interest in plant molecular evolution and has found a home at the Stanhope lab. When not taking care of her offspring she enjoys gardening and painting. To see some of Paulina's art please visit her Flickr page.

pdm37 at [email now]

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.

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