Mathee Lab for Sixty-Five Roses

“Mary Weiss became a volunteer for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation after her three boys were born with the illness. One day, her four year old son Richard said, I know what you’re working for—sixty-five roses. Mary was awestruck, and used the term ever since.”

—Kevin Morales, explaining the Mathee Lab nomenclature at the 2015 Robert J. Smiddy Symposium

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  • Hansi Kumari, Ph.D.
    Lab Manager and Research Analyst
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    Dr. Kumari currently manages all logistical aspects of the laboratory, while pursuing her own research in molecular biology, biochemistry, and immunology.
  • Diansy Zincke, Ph.D.
    Research Analyst
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    Dr. Zincke recently graduated with her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from FIU, and is currently undergoing research efforts while applying to postdoctoral programs.
  • Gorakh Tatke
    Doctoral Candidate
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    Gorakh is a doctoral candidate within the Biology program. His research revolves around the utilization of alpha-ketoglutarate by two-component systems in the model organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Sundar Pandey
    Doctoral Candidate
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    Sundar is currently a doctoral candidate in the Biology program. His research interests are in biofilm formation in the model organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Supurna Dhar
    Doctoral Candidate
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    Supurna is a doctoral candidate in the Biomedical Sciences program. Her research interests are in muropeptide formation and recycling in the model organism Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
  • Kyle Martins
    Doctoral Student
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    Kyle Martins came to the Mathee Lab from Cape Coral, Florida, where he’d previously earned a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Microbiology from Florida Gulf Coast University. He has extensive research experience in cancer proteomics focused on serine-threonine kinases in prostate cancer. His research interests are in the fields of microbial ecology, antimicrobial resistance, ethology, and CRISPR-mediated genome modification. He holds a number of professional memberships, including AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) and ASM (American Society for Microbiology).

    He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, where he plans to graduate with a terminal degree in Biomedical Sciences.

    In his free time, Kyle enjoys skiing, hiking, reading, and camping.

  • Lior Frey
    Research Fellow
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    Lior is a senior Biological Sciences and Psychology student interested in pursuing clinical medicine. Currently, her research involves nonmucoid conversion in pathogenic clinical Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains.
  • Sameer Shaikh
    Research Fellow
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    Sameer is a senior Biological Sciences student interested in pursuing medicine. He currently does research jointly within the lab of Dr. Giri Narasimhan, where he works in the field of whole genome sequencing.
  • Christopher Romero
    Research Fellow
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    Christopher is a junior Biological Sciences student with an interest in pursuing clinical medicine. He currently studies nonmucoid conversion in clinical pathogenic Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates. When he is not in the laboratory, he works within the Global Health Consortium, under the tutelage of Carlos Espinal, MD, MPH; Kalai Mathee, PhD; and Lina Bofill, MD, MPH. He hopes to use the experience gathered from working with the Consortium in order to help prompt changes in healthcare reform after pursuing medical school.
  • Jessica Gutierrez
    Research Fellow
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    Jessica is currently a senior Biological Sciences student interested in pursuing clinical medicine.
  • Brett Colbert
    Research Fellow
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    Brett is a sophomore undergraduate Biological Sciences student interested in pursuing clinical medicine.