Current Lab Members

Tyler Laird
Gillian Bergmann
Eduardo Ruiz
Sampson Li
Alireza Gaeni
Jimmy Huynh
Stephanie Wu
Neptali Flores
Malu Aiyer
Isaac Chang
Srinjoy Chatterjee

Tyler Laird

Microbiology Ph.D. Student, in the lab since Spring 2019
tslaird (at) ucdavis (dot) edu

Genomics, evolution, and ecology of bacterial iac genes for the degradation and utilization of the plant hormone indole 3-acetic acid (IAA).

Gillian Bergmann

Ecology Ph.D. Student, in the lab since Fall 2020
gbergmann (at) ucdavis (dot) edu

Community assembly processes in the seed microbiome; parental selection of seed microbes; effect of metacommunity processes on seed microbiome structure; impacts of seed microbes on seedling health.

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Eduardo Ruiz

Microbiology Ph.D. Student, in the lab since Spring 2021
emruiz (at) ucdavis (dot) edu


Biology and ecology of bacterial symplasmata and multicellularity.

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Sampson Li

Volunteer lab manager, in the lab since Sep 2019
gsli (at) ucdavis (dot) edu

Joined PLP Graduate Group and Trouillas lab in Fall 2019.

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Alireza Gaeni

Senior student majoring in Global Disease Biology.

Gaining research experience (remotely) in Lab Leveau, Spring 2021.

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Jimmy Huynh

Senior student majoring in Global Disease Biology.
Gaining research experience (remotely) in Lab Leveau, Spring 2021.

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Stephanie Wu

Senior student majoring in Global Disease Biology.
Gaining research experience (remotely) in Lab Leveau, Winter and Spring 2021.

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Neptali Flores

Second-year student at San Jose State University, majoring in Biology with a concentration in Physiology. Joined Lab Leveau (remotely) in July and August 2020 as a mentee in the National Summer Undergraduate Research Project (https://nsurp.org); stayed on for research internship (remotely) with Tyler Laird.

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Malu Aiyer

Senior at Henry M. Gunn High School in Palo Alto, CA, doing remote research internship with Tyler Laird in Lab Leveau.

Favorite subjects are math and the sciences. Outside of school, Malu’s interests are centered around environmentalism. Previously worked with Dr. Mary Beth Mudgett at Stanford University on exploring Pseudomonas syringae growth on Nicotiana benthamiana leaves.

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Isaac Chang

Senior at Saratoga High School, Saratoga, CA, doing remote research internship with Tyler Laird in Lab Leveau.

Interested in microbiology and its real-world applications. Other interests include jazz, basketball, and piano. First exposure to microbiology through plant microbiology cluster at COSMOS. Recently worked under Dr. Chad Saltikov where I investigated a novel freshwater photoarsenotroph that holds the potential to alleviate arsenic contamination in drinking water. Thrilled to continue microbiology research in Dr. Leveau’s lab!

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Srinjoy Chatterjee

Senior at Mission San Jose High School, Fremont, CA, doing remote research internship with Tyler Laird in Lab Leveau.

Interested in studying biochemistry, biophysics, and microbiology. First experience with plant microbiology as a summer research student at COSMOS. Excited to be working in Dr. Leveau’s lab and helping out in evaluating iac bacterial genomes! In his spare time, Srinjoy enjoys volunteering, cooking, reading, and playing the piano.

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