Donna received her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Louisiana State University Health in Shreveport. She is currently interested in the host factors and molecular mechanisms regulating reactivation from latency. Donna likes tropical fish, hiking and cave exploring.
Luwanika received a PhD in Biochemistry from the North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa. His postdoctoral fellowship at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories (NIH) in Hamilton Montana involved studying various aspects of tick-borne flavvirus biology. Luwanika is interested in persistent viral infections, and his current work is focused on understanding molecular human cytomegalovirus-host interactions that determine viral latency and/or reactivation. When not in the lab, Luwanika enjoys off-road cycling, fishing, walking and observing nature.
I received my B.S. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Molecular & Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona. After completing my post-baccalaureate program at the University of Georgia I decided to come back to the University of Arizona to start my PhD in Immunobiology. I am interested in host-pathogen interactions and how this interplay affects viral pathogenesis and life cycle. Outside of work I enjoy cooking, camping, and reading.
Melissa received her B.S. in Biology from Iowa State University. She is interested in HCMV's interactions with the host cell and how the virus is modulating different signaling pathways. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, sculpting, spending time with her family and pretending like she can keep up with all of the new slang terms millennials come up with, in what seems like a daily basis (she is a millennial too).
Linh received her B.A. in Chemistry with Biochemistry concentration from Bryn Mawr College, PA in 2016. She went on to work as an organic chemistry lab technician at the University of Pennsylvania for two years before moving to Tucson for graduate school. She joined the Goodrum lab in 2019 with an interest in understanding the molecular determinants of HCMV latency and reactivation. Linh enjoys knitting/crocheting, hip-hop dancing, Broadway theatre, and learning languages.
Sebastian received his BS in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Arizona. He is interested in how HCMV fine-tunes signaling pathways through differential receptor trafficking. When not “Science-ing”, Sebastian enjoys judo, writing, and pointing out that climate change is real.