Lab News & Updates

Farewell, Irfan

August 29, 2016

The lab said goodbye to Irfan Ozen; he went back to Turkey after a productive summer internship working on the MaHPIC project.

Farewell, Noah!

Mark Heiges


July 29, 2016

The group says goodbye to summer REU student Noah Legall. He mastered SQL and helped to facilitate MaHPIC data deposition this summer. He will be missed.


Farewell, Brent!

Mark Heiges


July 27, 2016

The lab says goodbye to post-bac PREP scholar Brent Allman. He is off to Emory for graduate school. He will be missed.


July 11, 2016

Welcome, Irfan!

The group welcomes visiting undergraduate researcher Irfan Ozen, of Erciyes University in Turkey. He will be working on systems biology databases for a summer internship project. Welcome!


Welcome, John!

The group welcomes incoming UGA ILS graduate student John Ludwig to the laboratory. He is starting his rotations early. He is interested in evolution and phylogenetics. He has previous experience working with the tick Ixodes scapulars. Welcome!


Welcome, Noah!

Mark Heiges


The group welcomes undergraduate researcher Noah Legall to the lab. He is here as part of a UGA REU program. His home school is UNC Chapel Hill. He will be focusing on mining relational databases to prepare systems biology data for submission to archival repositories. Lots of SQL! Welcome!


Congrats, Raymond!



May 20, 2016

Visiting graduate student Raymond Nyasa publishes first chapter from his successfully defended thesis. Great job!

(Malaria Journal 2016 15:281)


May 01, 2016 

Welcome back, Jeremy!

The research group welcomes the return of Jeremy DeBarry, Ph.D. to the group. He has been working as a Data Analyst for the CyVerse (formerly iPLANT) team. He will be the Data Coordinator for the new DARPA-funded THoR’s HAMMER project. Welcome back!


Welcome, Eve!

The research group welcomes Evelina Basenko, Ph.D. to the EuPathDB project. She will be joining our Outreach Team. She brings years of fungal experience to the team. Welcome!


Welcome, Drew!

The research group welcomes Drew Spruill to the EuPathDB project. He will be joining our Systems Administration Team. Welcome!


A new grant is funded!

Grant to enhance the annotation of human-infecting Cryptosporidium species is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Yeah!


Farewell, Matt!


The research group says good bye to Matt Guidry. He is off to the University System Board of Regents Computing Center. He will be missed.


A new project is funded!



A collaborative project between Emory (lead institution), Georgia-Tech and UGA is funded by DARPA to study host resilience. Yeah!




A new collaborative project is funded!

A collaborative project between the University of Liverpool (lead) and several other UK and US institutions is funded to enhance eukaryotic microbial pathogen annotation and access is funded by the Wellcome Trust. Yeah!


Welcome back, Rodrigo!

The research group welcomes the return of Rodgrio Baptista, Ph.D. to the group. He has finished his Ph.D. and a year of Post doctoral research with professor Daniella Bartholomeu in Brazil. He will be working on Cryptosporidium comparative genomics. Welcome back!


Farewell, Ben!

The research group says good bye to Ben Hsieh. Thanks for helping out while you were able!


August 24, 2015

Welcome, Yiran!



The research group welcomes ILS graduate student Yiran Li for her first rotation. She will be working on parasite comparative genomics. Welcome!




Welcome, Brent!

Mark Heiges


The research group welcomes post-baccalaureate PREP scholar Brent Allman to the group. He will be co-advised in infectious disease modeling by Juan Gutierrez and Jessie Kissinger. Welcome!




Welcome, Ben!

The research group welcomes researcher Ben Hsieh to the group for a short research project working on the genomics of Cryptosporidium. Welcome!

Ranjani successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis!

July 14, 2015

Ranjani Namasivayam successfully defends her Ph.D. thesis. Way to go Ranjani! She will be leaving us at the end of the month for a post-doctoral position with Alan Sher at NIH. We wish her all the best.