Lab Personnel


Joy Scaria

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Veterinary & Biomedical Sciences, South Dakota State University, Brookings. Dr. Scaria has a broad interest in the role of the gut microbiome in health and disease.  Dr. Scaria's primary interest is in understanding the mechanisms by which gut microbiota excludes the colonization of enteric pathogens, such as Clostridium difficile and Salmonella enterica. He is also interested in the evolutionary genetics of enteric pathogens. Contact : joy dot scaria at sdstate dot edu


Roshan Kumar

Land O'Lakes Inc Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Kumar received his PhD from the University of Delhi.   Dr. Kumar's primary expertise is in bacterial genomics. Contact : fnu dot roshankumar at sdstate dot edu


Abhijit Maji

Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr Maji received PhD from the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology , New Delhi, India. Dr. Mahji's research interest is in understanding the causes and consequences of interpersonal gut microbiome variation in human populations. Contact : abhijit dot maji at sdstate dot edu


Chayan Roy

Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Roy received his PhD in Environmental Microbiology from Calcutta University, India.   Dr. Roy's primary expertise is in bioinformatics. Contact : chayan dot roy at sdstate dot edu


Samara Mattiello

Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Mattiello received her PhD in Microbiology from Catholic University, Brazil.   Dr. Mattiello's primary expertise is in antimicrobial persistence  in Salmonella . Contact : Samara dot MattielloDrescher at sdstate dot edu


Sudeep Ghimire

Graduate Student. Sudeep received his DVM from Thribhuan University, Nepal. Sudeep's thesis on identifying keystone gut microbiota species conferring colonization resistance against Clostridium difficile and Salmonella enterica. Contact : sudeep dot ghimire at sdstate dot eduo


Gavin Fenske

Graduate Student. Gavin received his undergraduate degree in biology from South Dakota State University, Brookings.  Gavin's thesis is on the ecology of gut microbiome assembly. Contact : gavin dot fenske at sdstate dot edu


Supapit Wongkuna

Visiting Graduate Student. Supapit is a visiting graduate student from  Mahidol University, Bangkok. Supait's thesis is on defining the uncultured fraction of gut microbiome using culturomics. Contact : supapit dot wongkuna at sdstate dot edu


Linto Antony

Graduate Student. Linto received his DVM from Kerala Agricultural University, India.   Linto's thesis is on determining how host immunity is shaped by gut microbiota. Contact : linto dot antony at sdstate dot edu


Shruti Menon

Graduate Student. Shruti received her MS from Indian Institute of Science  Education and Research, Bhopal, India.   Shruti's thesis is on the consequences of gut microbiota assembly and succession on colonization resistance . Contact : shruti dot shashidharanmenon at sdstate dot edu


Maria Antony

Graduate Student. Maria received her MS from the University of Calicut, India. Maria's thesis is on identifying the gut microbiota species conferring colonization resistance against Salmonella enterica. Contact : maria dot antony at sdstate dot edu


Sydney Bormann

Undergraduate Student. Sydney  received an American Society for Microbiology (ASM) fellowship for the project on defining the gut mucosa colonizing fraction of gut microbiome and its role in preventing Salmonella colonization.