The Brun lab 2015 vintage
From left to right: Paul Caccamo,Yen-Pang Hsu, Erkin Kuru, Ellen Quardokus, Amelia Randich,David Kysela, Gail Hardy, Adrien Ducret, Robert Morton, Yves Brun, Chao Jiang, Cécile Berne, Courtney Ellison, Jing Wang, Breah LaSarre and Xiaoyun Guo.

Yves Brun
Principal investigator
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Research interests
Bacterial adhesion, development and morphogenesis

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Passionate foodie with more than 1000 cookbooks
Tried quitting grad school once, but missed it too much!
Last lab notebook entry - 1/19/2000



Ellen Quardokus
Research associate

Research interests
Cellular differentiation and signal transduction

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Freelance technical writer
Photographer of orchids, wildlife and food
Explorer who loves to travel


Gail Hardy
Assistant scientist

Research interests
Holdfast biosynthesis and anchoring

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Lab fitness guru
Queen of molecular biology



Cecile Berne
Post-doc

Research interests
Holdfast biophysics and biofilm regulation

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Yarn bomber
You can tell the year by the color of her hair


Amelia Randich
Post-doc

Research interests
Evolution of stalk positioning

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David Kysela
Post-doc

Research interests
Evolution of bacterial aging

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Avid biker
Beer-enthusiast who makes happy hour happen


Breah LaSarre
Post-doc

Research interests
Microbial metabolism in interspecies interactions

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Erkin Kuru
Grad student

Research interests
Cell wall growth and dynamics

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Future synthetic biologist
Future synthetic biologist
Photographer and party animal


Courtney Ellison
Grad student

Research interests
Microscopic and microfluidic approaches to mechanisms of adhesion and motility

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Paul Caccamo
Grad student

Research interests
Evolution of stalk positioning

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Once was a roadie for a band
Also made Anthrax vaccine
Rabid Ottawa Senators fan


Yen-Pang Hsu
Grad student

Research interests
Cell wall growth and dynamics

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Delaney Halloran
Under-Grad student

Research interests
holdfast biosynthesis and anchoring

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enjoys painting, playing the piano, and teaching swim lessons