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Meet The Team


Dr. Elizabeth Di Russo Case

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Role: Principal Investigator

I fell in love with intracellular bacteria in graduate school. I've been chasing pathogens all around the US, from California, to Montana, to Texas, and now here in Wyoming. It's been an adventure.

When I'm not in the lab, my adventuring takes me outdoors to bike, hike and camp.


Leslie Sims

Role: Laboratory Technician

Leslie joined the team in February of 2021. She has been integral to setting up the lab and keeping things running smoothly.

In between her lab management tasks, Leslie is currently working on our Development and Infection Project.


Sylvia Thiong'o

Role: Graduate Researcher (PhD)

Sylvia joined the lab in January 2022. Sylvia is interested in defining the molecular determinants of Coxiella pathogenesis. Currently, her research is focused on the cell wall integrity project.

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Maren Anderson

Role: Undergraduate Researcher

Maren joined the lab in May 2022. She is also majoring in microbiology and lending her help to cloning a gene deletion construct to support our cell wall integrity project.

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Kathryne Carrier

Role: Undergraduate Researcher

Kathryne joined the team in May 2022. Kathryne is majoring in Microbiology. She has been trying her hand at molecular cloning in an effort to create a Coxiella gene deletion construct with her fellow labmate Maren Anderson.


Kayla Griffith

Role: Lab Alumnus- Undergraduate Researcher

Kayla joined the lab in Fall 2021. She graduated in May 2022 with a BS in Physiology. She's now participating in a training fellowship with the CDC in Atlanta, GA.


Madison Davis

Role: Lab Alumnus- Undergraduate Researcher

Madison joined the lab in May 2021. She graduated in May 2022 with a BS in Microbiology. She's now pursuing her MS in Animal and Veterinary Science at the University of Wyoming.

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The Di Russo Case Lab is always looking for some fresh talent.

If you are interested in scientific research, especially working at the host-pathogen interface, or even just digging into basic bacterial physiology, don't be afraid to reach out. We may have an opportunity for you!

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