BioTrain Internship Yearbook

Since 2009 the HudsonAlpha BioTrain® Internship program has been providing opportunities for students to engage in innovative research and explore careers in genetics, genomics and biotechnology. BioTrain Interns gain essential professional skills and expand personal networks in preparation for life after graduation. Each intern has furthered our mission and shared with us their enthusiasm for learning. We have been pleased to watch their educational progress and successes and are especially happy when we see them again here at HudsonAlpha.

A summer internship at HudsonAlpha is just the beginning – BioTrain Internship participants continue to utilize their newly minted skills, knowledge, and experience long after they have returned home, fueling the impactful work they do in their own communities.

To foster connections between alumni, we encourage all former BioTrain participants to check our HudsonAlpha Facebook page, Twitter account and LinkedIn group to stay up to date on news and careers at HudsonAlpha Institute.

Name Department/Partner School
Ashlyn Anderson Greg Barsh Lab The University of Florida
Bernie Moussad Clinical Services Lab Auburn University
Case McCormack Greg Cooper Lab The University of Alabama
Chelsea Owens Genetic Counseling – Educational Outreach Jacksonville State University
Christina Stacy Communications The University of Alabama
Ivy Gentry Science Education – Educational Outreach The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jay Herrin Clinical Services Lab Auburn University
Jordan Manchego Alex Harkess Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Susanna Pudner Genetic Counseling – Educational Outreach University of South Alabama
Xin An Chen GeneCapture, Inc. Auburn University

Jared Taylor

Department/Partner
Eric Mendenhall Lab
School Attended
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Winston Van

Department/Partner
Genome Sequencing Center
School Attended
Auburn University

Daniel Walker

Department/Partner
Foresight Biosciences
School Attended
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Lizzie Walker

Department/Partner
Richard Myers Lab
School Attended
Mississippi State University

Ashlyn Anderson

Department/Partner
Greg Cooper Lab
School Attended
The University of Alabama

Haley Barnhill

Department/Partner
iCubate, Inc.
School Attended
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Laura Best (Gatlin)

Department/Partner
GeneCapture
School Attended
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kiera Bridges

Department/Partner
Genome Sequencing Center
School Attended
Alcorn State University

Sydney Burch

Department/Partner
Economic Development
School Attended
The University of North Alabama

Sabrina Cline

Department/Partner
Jian Han Lab
School Attended
Auburn University

Emery Davis

Department/Partner
K. Swaminathan and S. Cooper Labs
School Attended
The University of North Alabama

John DeLay

Department/Partner
Greg Barsh Lab
School Attended
Birmingham-Southern College

Melyssa Garner

Department/Partner
Educational Outreach Genetic Counseling
School Attended
The University of Alabama

Daniel Guinn

Department/Partner
Educational Outreach Student Experiences
School Attended
Athens State University

Skyler Hamilton

Department/Partner
GeneCapture
School Attended
University of Notre Dame

Rebecca Johnson

Department/Partner
Discovery Life Science
School Attended
Auburn University

Joelle Kim

Department/Partner
Richard Myers Lab
School Attended
Baylor University

Peyton Kuhlers

Department/Partner
Sara Cooper Lab
School Attended
Auburn University

Alicia Mulqueen

Department/Partner
Educational Outreach Educator Development
School Attended
The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Farren Prasil

Department/Partner
Kankshita Swaminathan Lab
School Attended
Calhoun Community College

Monica Reeves

Department/Partner
K. Swaminathan and S. Cooper Labs
School Attended
University of South Alabama

Genevieve Smith

Department/Partner
Communications
School Attended
The University of Alabama

Christopher Sucic

Department/Partner
Volatile Analysis
School Attended
Birmingham-Southern College

Joshita Suresh

Department/Partner
CFD Research Corporation
School Attended
Auburn University

Name Department/Partner School
Kendal Aldridge Communications The University of Alabama
Capri Alex Richard Myers Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
William (Evans) Alison Conversant Bio Washington and Lee University
Oakley Baron Jozeph Lazar Lab Birmingham-Southern College
Taylor Blakely Kankshita Swaminathan Lab The University of Alabama
Omar Brito-Estrada Eric Mendenhall Lab Auburn University at Montgomery
Claudia Chu Genome Sequencing Center Georgia Institute of Technology
Sabrina Cline Jian Han Lab Auburn University
Roshan Darji Greg Barsh Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Kristina Emmerson Educational Outreach Genetic Counseling Samford University
Jennifer Fisher Richard Myers Lab Mississippi State University
Brianna Graham Educational Outreach Digital Applications The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Martavious Hails IT Department University of South Alabama
James Hudson Economic Development The University of Alabama
Paige Jackson CFD Research Corporation University of Memphis
Sarah Lagon Kankshita Swaminathan Lab Jacksonville State University
Shelby Lauzon Kailos Genetics Judson College
Katelyn Miller Volatile Analysis The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Alexander Moss Worthey Software Development & Informatics The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Alicia Mulqueen Educational Outreach Educator Development The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ganta Nikhitha iCubate, Inc. Auburn University
Lakbira Sheffield Greg Cooper Lab The University of Alabama
Zeina Sleiman Serina Theraputics The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Kylie Thurber GeneCapture University of Georgia
Liting (Lucy) Zhou Worthey Software Development & Informatics Auburn University
Name Department/Partner School
Madison Armstrong Worthey Software Development & Informatics Auburn University
Nicole Blanks Communications The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Drew Bonner Richard Myers Lab Auburn University
Raymond Carter Jian Han Lab Vanderbilt University
Grant Daly Greg Cooper Lab University of South Alabama
Kaley Doster Economic Development The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Zoey Duncan Conversant Bio The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Stephen Fast iCubate, Inc. The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Cynthia Flint Educational Outreach Digital Applications The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Qasim Ghulam Le Su Lab Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nidhi Goel Devin Absher Lab Auburn University
Martavious Hails IT Department University of South Alabama
Alicia Hereford GeneCapture The University of Alabama in Huntsville
David Hinds Howard Jacob Lab Wallace State Community College
Joseph Koelbl CFD Research Corporation Iowa State University
Kyle Lewter iXpressGenes Samford University
Hayden Malone Kankshita Swaminathan Lab University of Mississippi
Ben Michaels Serina Therapeutics The University of Alabama
Dan Nguyen Eric Mendenhall Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Meg O’Bryant Educational Outreach Auburn University
Emily Page Greg Barsh Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Mackenzie Porten Conversant Bio The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Emily Risdon Leavendary University of Miami
Jazmyn Stewart Genome Sequencing Center Alcorn State University
Jada Thompson Educational Outreach Genetic Counseling Auburn University
Audra Wall Kailos Genetics The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Wesley Walters Leavendary Samford University
Braeden Williams Volatile Analysis The University of North Alabama
Tajeve Wright-Young Genome Sequencing Center Mississippi Valley State University
Name Department/Partner School
Ala’A Abu-Spetani iXpressGenes The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Nicolaos Bakomihalis CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Erin Barrow Greg Barsh Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Afton Blizard Economic Development The University of Alabama
Alex Brown Sara Cooper Lab Mississippi State University
Meghan Durboraw Diatherix Eurofins Auburn University
Elizabeth (Beth) Gates GeneCapture The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Andrew (Drew) Gaunt Leavendary Auburn University
Ricky Greer II iCubate, Inc. University of South Alabama
Alexis Helton Educational Outreach The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dylan Holder Richard Myers Lab Auburn University
Shrikar Iragavarapu Worthey Software Development & Informatics Washington University in St. Louis
Beau Johnson Eric Mendenhall Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jasleen Kaur Genome Sequencing Center Mississippi Valley State University
Tiffany (Michelle) Ledbetter Kimberly Strong Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jing Li Genomic Services Lab University of Cincinnati
Mariah Lloyd Genome Sequencing Center Alcorn State University
Luke Messer Richard Myers Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Adam Middleton iCubate, Inc. University of Mississippi
Morgan Ohlinger Leavendary Samford University
Sanders Pair Howard Jacob Lab Vanderbilt University
Sahil Patnayakuni Greg Cooper Lab Rice University
Shonice Pitts Communications The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jonathon Prozan Volatile Analysis University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Ethan Stallings Serina Therapeutics The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jared Sutherland Conversant Bio The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jada Thompson Howard Jacob Lab Auburn University
Grace Willoughby Conversant Bio University of South Alabama
Alexandria (Allie) Wyatt Educational Outreach Digital Applications The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Name Department/Partner School
Megan Aaron Leavendary The University of Alabama
Pratheek Bobba Educational Outreach James Clemens High School
Katherine Careathers Pohly Sara Cooper Lab The University of Alabama
Cassidy Elliott Genome Sequencing Center The University of Alabama
Aubrey Gonzalez Genomic Services Lab Oklahoma Christian University
Dalton Greenwood Richard Myers Lab Washington and Lee University
Myrah Hoskins Diatherix Eurofins The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Emory Johnson Educational Outreach Randolph School
Allysa King Economic Development Auburn University
Chandler Klemm Educational Outreach Huntsville High School
William Kretzschmar Economic Development Huntsville High School
Jordan Manchego Educational Outreach Sparkman High School
Samantha Manzo Conversant Bio Birmingham-Southern College
Zachary McGee Eric Mendenhall Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Allen Meeks Educational Outreach Digital Applications Athens State University
Selene Perales Sanchez Genome Sequencing Center Mississippi Valley State University
Demeco Pope Educational Outreach The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Savvina Prapiadou Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Joshua Reid Devin Absher Lab Alabama A&M University
Morgan Sisk Educational Outreach St. John Paul II Catholic High School
Lenise Stallings Genome Sequencing Center Mississippi Valley State University
Grace Swaim iCubate, Inc. Emory University
Luke Viegas CFD Research Corporation Georgia Institute of Technology
Chloe Whitworth Conversant Bio The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Alexandra Wiegand Communications The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Name Department / Partner School
Matthew Akenhead iCubate, Inc. Vanderbilt University
Yu-Yun Chen Jian Han Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Sunny Chennupati Educational Outreach James Clemens High School
Candice Coppola Devin Absher Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Garrett Dunn iCubate, Inc. The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Anna Florence CFD Research Corporation Mississippi State University
LoriAnna Fortenberry Educational Outreach Athens State University
Jordan Gallardo Diatherix Laboratories, LLC The University of Alabama at Birmingham
David Gray Greg Cooper Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
David Gunther Richard Myers Lab Bob Jones High School
Becky Hauser Sara Cooper Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dillon Kilgallon Educational Outreach Ponte Vedra High School
Livia Linden Serina Therapeutics, Inc. Tulane University
Samantha Manzo Conversant Bio, Inc. Birmingham-Southern College
Coner McKinney Educational Outreach Athens High School
Adam Miller Leavendary The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Heath Moore Educational Outreach Hazel Green High School
Duncan Murdock Shawn Levy Lab The University of Alabama
Angela Nguyen Educational Outreach Sparkman High School
Blake Nuwayhid CFD Research Corporation Birmingham-Southern College
Kathleen Penney Celsion-EGEN, Inc. Huntingdon College
Shrikriti Rajan CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fariba ShaterFerdosian Computational Services The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Siddhu Srikakolapu Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Margetta Thomas Communications University of Montevallo
Jonathan Trinh Conversant Bio, Inc. The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Name Department / Partner School
Laura Abell Devin Absher Lab Auburn University
Grayson Ball transOMIC Technologies, Inc. Decatur High School
Hannah Ballard Educational Outreach Huntsville High School
Andrew Cash Educational Outreach Madison Academy
Robert Chalmers Genome Sequencing Center Mississippi State University
Christina Cooley Educational Outreach Buckhorn High School
Casey Dalton CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama
Ethan Downs Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Natalie Farmer Jian Han Lab Auburn University
Daniel Haddock Celsion-EGEN, Inc. Auburn University
Charity Haggenmaker Educational Outreach The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Teresa Hasemeyer Communications The University of Alabama
Hayden Malone Educational Outreach Corinth High School
David Monaco iXpressGenes, Inc. Virgil Grissom High School
Duncan Murdock Shawn Levy Lab The University of Alabama
Nick Pensa CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Christy Pickering Sara Cooper Lab Auburn University
Colton Plaza Richard Myers Lab Stanford University
Thomas Seitz Kailos Genetics Huntsville High School
Abby Shelton Conversant Bio, Inc. The University of Alabama
Lauren Stokes Conversant Bio, Inc. The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Kaitlyn Terry Educational Outreach East Limestone High School
Jennifer Thomas Diatherix Laboratories, LLC The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Andrew Viegas Educational Outreach The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Matt Wall iCubate, Inc. Auburn University
Jana Whittle Greg Cooper Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Anna Willis Serina Therapeutics, Inc. The University of Alabama
Name Department/Partner School
Michael Akenhead EGEN Vanderbilt University
Kristen Bertrand Educational Outreach Hazel Green High School
Grace Cain Richard Myers Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Virginia Calvert Educational Outreach Huntsville High School
Raymond Chow CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Charlotte Ellett Genomic Services Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Stephanie Guckenberger Educational Outreach Samford University
Sara Grace Hastings Conversant Bio Mississippi State University
Blair Heater Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Ben Henderson Genomic Services Lab The University of Alabama
Lacey Kennedy Greg Barsh Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Courtney Kloske TransOMIC Technologies, Inc. St. John Paul II Catholic High School
Taylor Lioce Communications Southern Methodist University
Caitlin Lynch Educational Outreach The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Sarah Grace Mitchell Educational Outreach Decatur High School
Laura Overall CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Amanda Owens iXpressGenes & GeneCapture, Inc. The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Christina Pickering Serina Therapeutics Auburn University
Hema Pingali Educational Outreach Randolph School
Colton Plaza Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Christopher Plott Genome Sequencing Center The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Diego Roman Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Thomas Seitz Kailos Genetics Huntsville High School
Abigail Shelton Clarient The University of Alabama
Vishal Shroff Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Christopher Smith Sara Cooper Lab Auburn University
Andrew Stevens Devin Absher Lab Samford University
William Teachey Conversant Bio Auburn University
Carolina Temple iXpressGenes University of Richmond
Richard Trieu Educational Outreach Virgil Grissom High School
Eric Turner Richard Myers Lab Vanderbilt University
Erica Wagner CFD Research Corporation Middle Tennessee State
Steven Walker Clarient The University of Alabama at Birmingham
William (Chris) West Jian Han Lab The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Name Department/Partner School
Mary (Meg) Adams Educational Outreach The University of Alabama
Omair Ata EGEN The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Katherine (Katie) Beaufait Richard Myers Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
David Bentley Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Chelsea Berra Clarient Auburn University
Jessica Blair ThermoFisher Scientific Bob Jones High School
Erin Colebeck CFD Research Corporation Mississippi State University
Tyler Finley Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Andrew Fox CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Fred (Bo) Gilliam Conversant Bio Seton Hall University
Michelle Hammond Genomic Services Lab Auburn University
Sara Grace Hastings Conversant Bio Mississippi State University
Chris Hawkins Educational Outreach Covenant Christian Academy
Christopher Johnston Devin Absher Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Steve Layfield iXpressGenes The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jessica (Jessie) Mayne Educational Outreach Birmingham-Southern College
Stuart McFarland Genome Sequencing Center St. John Paul II Catholic High School
Haley Medlen Greg Barsh Lab Auburn University
Hyun Ju Nam Educational Outreach Bryn Mawr College
Alexandria Pearson Kailos Genetics The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Shaterrika Pointer Educational Outreach Auburn University
Kuhu Roy ThermoFisher Scientific Calhoun Community College
Lauren Ruta Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Yen Vu Richard Myers Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Steven Walker Clarient The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Terra White Jian Han Lab Tulane University
Jack Wimbish Genomic Services Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Michael Wisner Educational Outreach Rhodes College
Zach Wroblewski Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
James (Andrew) Yearty CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Megan Zappe ThermoFisher Scientific The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Name Department/Partner School
Grant Alexander ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Vanderbilt University
Meghan Ange ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Tooba Anwer EGEN The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Patrick Berry Genome Sequencing Center Bob Jones High School
John Bishop Conversant Bio Hampden-Sydney College
Sophia Broussard Genome Sequencing Center The University of Alabama in Huntsville
TaShundra Bryant Devin Absher Lab Alabama A&M University
Anna Burcham Morris Educational Outreach Bob Jones High School
Jordan Busing Conversant Bio The University of Alabama
Laura Cauthen Greg Barsh Lab Auburn University
Elizabeth Chilton Richard Myers Lab Randolph School
Callie Cox Educational Outreach The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Grant Della Silva Educational Outreach Randolph School
Emily Fledderman Genomic Services Lab The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Djuana Grant Educational Outreach Alabama A&M University
Paul Herring CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama
Alexander Kelly Jian Han Lab Auburn University
Ryan Lewis Genomic Services Lab Bob Jones High School
Caitlin Lynch ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Kelsey Manson Digital Radiance Bob Jones High School
Christy Moore Diatherix The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Bindu Podila iXpressGenes Bob Jones High School
Erin Propst ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Southern Methodist University
Nina Ramachandran Educational Outreach Randolph School
Kuhu Roy ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Calhoun Community College
John Mark Russell Educational Outreach Huntsville High School
Kiley Seitz ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Auburn University
Ming-Che (Tony) Shen CFD Research Corporation The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Alyssa Terry CFD Research Corporation Mississippi State University
Hayley Tidmore Educational Outreach Madison Academy
Sarah Twigg Educational Outreach Digital Applications Auburn University
Tatsuya Uechi Richard Myers Lab Washington State University
Heather Villaneuva Radiance Technologies The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Name Department/Partner School
Name Department/Partner School
Stefan Brzezinski Conversant Healthcare Systems The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jordan Busing Conversant Healthcare Systems The University of Alabama
Anton Dukeman Radiance Technologies The University of Alabama
Amy Eskridge Pettigrew Educational Outreach The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Rebecca Frank ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Auburn University
Ashlynne Goodloe ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Auburn University
Dharini Govindarajan Digital Radiance The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Brandford Hargrove Educational Outreach Butler High School
Elizabeth Howard Educational Outreach Colgate University
Christopher Kidd ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Auburn University
Rachel King Educational Outreach New Century Technology High School
Kelsey Manson Digital Radiance Bob Jones High School
Michele Morris Educational Outreach Calhoun Community College
Lauren Poyer Educational Outreach St. John Paul II Catholic High School
April Reis Educational Outreach Athens State University
Marie Romero Genome Sequencing Center New Mexico State University
Matthew Roth Educational Outreach Auburn University
Casey Ruark-Seward Educational Outreach Hazel Green High School
Robert Seward ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Auburn University
Jessica Sherrill EGEN University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Kristina Vaughn ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Kirby Wallace EGEN Danville High School
Eva Wang Radiance Technologies The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Cheryl Weller ThermoFisher Scientific – Open Biosystems Calhoun Community College