Lab Members


Ryan Hunter

Principal Investigator

Tina Loesekann 

Research Assistant Professor

Ben Bonis

Posdoctoral Researcher

Sarah Lucas

Graduate Student

Alex Villarreal

Graduate Student


Lydia Cameron

Researcher

Talia Valentini

Researcher

Sabrina Arif

Researcher

Leslie Kent

Undergraduate

Joe Jung

Undergraduate


Not Pictured:  Clayton Summitt, Undergraduate

Lab Alumni


Kelsey Binder - Graduate Student --> Research Scientist, MDBiosciences

Jeff Flynn - Postdoctoral Scholar --> Research Scientist, 3M

Jenn McCurtain - MICaB Graduate Student --> Senior Scientist, MERCK 

Sophie Kowaliczko - Undergraduate --> Kennedy Lab, University of Minnesota

Clayton Evert - Researcher --> Khoruts Lab, University of Minnesota

Heather Johnson - Undergraduate, Researcher --> Plant Pathology Graduate Program, University of California Davis

Katie Kelly - Undergraduate, Researcher --> Mougous Lab, University of Washington

Chi Phan - Researcher --> Skinner Lab, University of Minnesota 

Alysha Lee - Undergraduate --> Welander Lab, Stanford University

Tim Howard - Undergraduate --> Graduate Program in Molecular Biology, Princeton University

Andrew Truong - Undergraduate --> Medical School, University of Wisconsin


There are ongoing opportunities for motivated researchers and students in the lab. Typical projects will encompass everything from learning standard molecular genetics techniques to microscopy to clinical studies in collaboration with the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine and Department of Otolaryngology. Prospective postdocs should provide a cover letter outlining their interests and an updated CV. Undergraduates looking for research opportunities are also encouraged to contact us to discuss potential projects. Prospective graduate students should apply directly to the Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. program.