Fredrik Inglis (me) – Principal Investigator

I am an assistant professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, where I mostly study the evolution of microbial interactions (along with plasmids, phage, antibiotics, and anything else that affects bacterial evolution) . These types of interactions range from cooperatively acquiring iron from the environment to producing antimicrobial toxins and have important consequences for human health and maintaining diverse and properly functions environmental ecosystems. I also teach Microbiology (Biol2482) and Biostatistics (Biol4122).

Holly Huelskamp – Lab Manager

Holly is finishing her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology/Biochemistry this spring and is planning on attending graduate school in Biology in the fall.  She is currently the lab manager and is working on several projects, including how E. coli evolve resistance to multiple bacteriophage. 

jeff smith – Research Scientist

I’m interested in the evolution of cooperation and conflict in 
microbial systems, especially bacteria and their mobile genetic 
elements. What evolutionary processes maintain cooperative 
interactions among microbes and limit the spread of of “cheater” 
genotypes? When do symbioses evolve to be mutualistic and when do they 
evolve to be parasitic? Why do plasmids and phage so often carry genes 
for pathogen virulence and resistance to antibiotics? My work 
addresses these questions using a combination of laboratory 
experiments and mathematical models.

Webster Heffern – PhD Student

Webster is a PhD student… more to follow soon

Keri Hoffman – Undergraduate Researcher

Keri Hoffman is an undergrad researcher… more to follow soon.

Nicole Miller – Post-Baccalaureate Researcher

Nicole is a post-baccalaureate student working toward a second bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology.  Her first degree is in Science of Natural and Environmental Systems from Cornell University.  She plans to graduate in the spring of 2022 and pursue further studies at the graduate level.  She currently works with Holly Huelskamp investigating co-evolutionary relationships between E. coli and several bacteriophages.