Lab Members

Our Staff

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Section Chief

Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
M.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
B.S., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

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Leslie Knipling
Biologist

Our Fellows

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Bokyung Son, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow

Ph.D., Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
M.S., Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
B.S., Sungkyunkwan University, Suwon, South Korea

My research interests include antibiotic resistance and phage biology. My current project is understanding the mechanisms of multiple, uncharacterized proteins of bacteriophage T4 which appear to aid in its takeover of the bacterial host.

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Karolina Skopova, Ph.D.
Visiting Fellow

Ph.D., University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
M.S., University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic
B.S., University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic

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Melissa Arroyo-Mendoza
GPP Fellow
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Christine Thompson
Student Fellow

PharmD, Candidate, Cedarville University
A.S., Wor-Wic Community College

I am a student IRTA working alongside Bokyung Son studying the transcription mechanisms of T4 phage genes, particularly (GoF, goF1, motb.1, frd.2) in E. coli host cells. My role involves looking for gene expression changes within the bacteriophages through computer analysis, performing MIC experiments testing phage/antibiotic synergy, and performing other phage-associated tasks.

In addition, I am a PharmD student interested in discovering new anti-infective therapies for patients. I am fascinated by ways to cure infectious diseases without depending solely on antibiotics. One of my interests includes phage therapy. My end goal in working at the Hinton lab is to use the knowledge that I gain involving phages to find phage/antibiotic therapy combinations in future research that can be utilized translationally in patients with multi-drug resistance infections.

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Kelsey Lewis
Student Fellow

B.S., Saginaw Valley State University (anticipated May 2022)

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Luke Sang
Post-bac Fellow

B.S., Duke University