People

Assistant Professor

John Purdy earned an undergraduate degree from Pacific University and a Ph.D. from Penn State University College of Medicine. He performed his graduate studies in the biochemistry of assembly retroviral capsid in the laboratory of Drs. Rebecca Craven and John Flanagan. Afterwards he trained in metabolomics at the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics, Princeton University, while working in the laboratories of Drs. Joshua Rabinowitz and Thomas Shenk. He has been a member of the UA faculty since October 2015.


Scientific Investigator

Debbie received her Biochemistry/Biophysics PhD from Oregon State University. Following her post-doctoral studies at the UA Cancer Center she joined the Linus Pauling Institute where her research focused on mechanisms of antioxidant protection from environmental toxins and improving chemotherapeutic efficacy. She joined the Purdy lab in 2016 and is investigating the role of host stress in HCMV infection. When not in the lab, Debbie enjoys golfing.


Research Technician

Lisa Wise graduated from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in 2014 and worked briefly as a process engineer in the pharmaceutical industry. She joined the lab in 2015 and is investigating the metabolism of HCMV-infected cells. Outside the lab, Lisa enjoys molecular gastronomy and escapist fiction.


Graduate Student, Purdy Lab

Liz Dahlmann received a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Fort Lewis College in 2014. She is currently interested in how infection alters cellular host lipid metabolism. When not in the lab, Liz likes to wind down and relax by running Spartan races, GORUCKs, and half marathons.


Undergraduate Student

Sam Harwood joined the Purdy Lab in January 2017 and is currently analyzing the role of host lipids in HCMV replication. He is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with minors in Microbiology and Biochemistry with the ultimate goal of becoming an emergency physician. In his free time, he enjoys camping, swimming, and board games.


Undergraduate Student

Kelly Orth is an undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology and minoring in Biochemistry and Mathematics. She is currently exploring the localization of a key protein in HCMV-infected cells, and trying to understand the effects of FDA-approved drugs on viral replication. When she’s not in lab or studying for her classes, you can find her on the volleyball court, or at home drawing and watching Harry Potter.


Undergraduate Student

Nowroz is from Mazar-i-Shareef, Afghanistan and a first generation college student. His major is Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) while minoring in Biochemistry. His future goal is to become a successful pediatrics physician in order to serve underserved and underrepresented groups. He enjoys playing basketball, snowboarding, and hiking. His current research focus is on determining the role of lipid transport in viral replication.


Graduate Student, Purdy Lab

Yuecheng recieved a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacology and Toxicology from University of Toledo in 2015. She joined Dr. John Purdy's lab in 2017 and is currently working on the role of metabolism and host stress in HCMV replication.  In her leisure time, she likes to cook Chinese food and play with her dogs.