John earned his PhD in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2006 studying the pathogenesis and physiology of Clostridium perfringens. He followed up with a post-doc at TIGR / the J. Craig Venter Institute from 2006 until 2010, studying the quorum sensing networks of Burkholderia mallei, B. pseudomallei, and B. thailandensis. A brief post-doc at the University of Virginia lasted until 2012, when the lab moved to Emory University where he continued as a post-doc until November 2017, during which time he began cystic fibrosis-based research studying B. cepacia complex genomics, B. cenocepacia pathogenesis, and microbiome composition in people with CF.
Starting at Georgia Tech in November of 2017 as a research scientist, he is managing the lab of Dr. Brown and contributing to wet lab investigations of the CF microbiome.
Kristofer Wollein Waldetoft
Dr. Wollein Waldetoft defended his doctoral thesis in 2013 at the Medical Faculty at Lund University, Sweden, investigating the interaction of streptococci and the coagulation system. During this research, Dr. Wollein Waldetoft’s interest for virulence/benevolence factors and their evolutionary impact, was kindled. Pursuing this research, Dr. Wollein Waldetoft spent two years as a postdoc in the lab of Sam Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology, but has now returned to Sweden to finish his MD at the University of Lund. Kristofer will be returning to GT to continue his work on the evolutionary dynamics of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance.
Isabella Franco received her Bachelor’s in Biology with an emphasis in Molecular/Cell Bio at Mills College in May 2017. Her research background consists of testing the antimicrobial properties of Native American plants indigenous to the California Bay Area among various infectious microbes such as, Staphylococcus aureus, and Klebsiella pneumoniae. She is dedicated to continuing her scientific research in the field of Microbiology and is currently working as a Lab Technician at Georgia Tech in the Brown Lab where she is primarily assisting with the Cystic Fibrosis project as well as supplementing various other projects currently running in the lab.
Conan graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2016 with bachelors in physics and math. He started his research career in a physics lab developing ionic self-assembled monolayers (ISAM) models and later joined a CS group where he worked on computer vision-assisted quadcopter navigation. At some point he realized the next logical step was to join an RNA lab to study ribosome collision dynamics during mRNA translation. He initially did wet lab work but after one too many failed qPCRs and blank gels he traded in his pipette for a second monitor and developed monte carlo ribosome collision simulations instead. After graduating, Conan joined the Brown group as a technician. His current work centers on modelling microbiome dynamics and exploring the structure of the CF Lung microbiome using ML techniques. He is also a musician-volunteer at Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute and an avid member of the GT racquetball club.