Armbruster Lab at Georgetown University

Post-Docs and Students

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Front Row (left to right): Monica Poelchau (postdoc), Jessica Wooten (grad. student), Jihana Motley (undergrad), Mark Decotis (undergrad), Waseem Khaleel (undergrad). Back Row (left to right): Jonathan Miller (undergrad), Peter Armbruster (PI).

Monica Poelchau is working on an NIH-funded transcriptome sequencing project to investigate the molecular and physiological basis of photoperiodic diapause in Ae. albopictus. Jihana, Mark and Jonathan are working on the urban vector ecology project. Waseem is working on a project to identify transcriptional elements of the diapuase response, with a specific focus on genes expressed in head tissue.

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Left to Right: Peter Armbruster, Jennifer Urbanski (grad. student), Deborah O'Donnell (grad. stduent), Amalia Aruda (undergrad.).

Jenn completed her thesis in 2011 and is now working as a staff scientist for the Environmental Protection Agency. Deb completed her dissertation in 2009 and is the proud mom of a brand new baby boy! See the publications page for papers that describe both Jen and Deb's thesis work. Amalia finished her undergraduate work in 2008 and is now a graduate student at the Woods Whole Oceanographic Institute. Amalia was a co-author on a paper from Jenn's thesis work and received both an NSF pre-doc AND an EPA Star award in support of her graduate studies!

Front Row (left to right): Keith Summa (undergrad), Phillip Fujimoto (undergrad). Back Row (left to right): Deb Ladner, John Dzundza, Peter Armbruster.

Keith is currently enrolled in the MD/PhD program at Northwestern where he continues his undergraduate research on circadian clocks. Philip went to work for Teach for America after finishing at Georgetown. John is currently enrolled at Georgetown Medical School. John published his undergraduate research project in the Journal of Medical Entomology and Keith's work is almost ready for submission to the same journal.