The Weinert Lab

Current Lab Members

Postdoctoral researchers


Ariel Schuelke-Sanchez, Ph.D.

Hometown: Fergus Falls, MN

EducationPh.D., University of Vermont, 2019

B.S., University of Wisconsin-Eau-Claire, 2014

Project: Bacterial Oxygen Sensing

Fun fact: I marched in Barack Obama's first inaugural parade


Shikha Singh Chauhan, Ph.D.



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Graduate and undergraduate students


Dayna Patterson, 4th Year

Hometown: Houston, TX

Education: B.S., Houston Baptist University

Project: Bacterial Oxygen Sensing

Fun fact: I've seen Beyonce in concert 10 times.

Awards: NSF Graduate Research Fellow (2018-2021)

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Nick Marotta

Hometown: Chantilly, VA

Education: B.A. University of Virginia

Project: Cyclic Nucleotides

Fun fact: Enjoys reading and collecting sci-fi and fantasy novels


Yasha Duggal, 3rd Year

Hometown: Phoenix, AZ 

Education: B.S., Case Western Reserve University

Project: Cyclic Nucleotides

Fun fact: According to my optician, my pupils are perfectly symmetrical

Awards: Emory Laney Fellowship (2017-2019)


Kimberly Beaton, 2nd Year

Hometown: Salem, NH

Education: B.S., Salve Regina University

Project: Microbial Interactions and Cyclic Nucleotides

Fun fact: I love reptiles and have owned 3 snakes

Awards: Homer F. Braddock Biology and Chemistry Fellowship (2018-2020)


Jacob Potter

Hometown: Madison, West Virgina

Education: B.S., Marshall University

Project: Bacterial Oxygen Sensing

Fun fact: I played an extra in a historical drama

Awards: Homer F. Braddock Biology and Chemistry Fellowship


Nushrat Hoque

Hometown: Middletown, NY

Education: B.A., Bard College 

MA Montclair State University 

Project: Bacterial Oxygen Sensing

Fun fact: I can speak six languages and french was the hardest to learn

Awards: Science of Achievement Marie Sklodowska Curie Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry, University Graduate Fellowship

Lab alumni

Graduate students

Xin Jia

Benjamin Fontaine

Shannon Rivera

Ph.D. 2015

Current position: Assistant Professor at China Agriculture University 

Postdoc 2014

Current position: Professor at Hunan Normal University

Parth Jariwala

Sean Walsh

Laura Briggs

Yuqi Wu

Paul Young

Carmen Metzler

Yitao Dai

Ph.D. 2018

Current position: Postdoc in Dan Nomura's lab at UC Berkeley

Postdoc 2015

Current position: Assistant Director, Licensing at Emory University

Ph.D. 2019

Current position: Postdoc  at PharmaCadence Analytical Services

Postdoc 2019

Current position: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Justin Burns, Ph.D.

Jian-bo Wang, Ph.D.


Undergraduate students

Elana Shaw

Adam Young

Deanna Dailey

Hyerin Yoon

Johnnie Walker, Ph.D.