Broderick Lab

Current Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Picture of BroderickNichole Broderick

Nichole is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology and the Institute for Systems Genomics at the University of Connecticut. Prior to arriving at UConn, Nichole was an Associate Research Scientist at the Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology Department at Yale University. Nichole received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Ken Raffa (Entomology) and Jo Handelsman (Microbiology) and did her postdoctoral research in the lab of Bruno Lemaitre at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland. Her research has focused on characterization of the gut microbiota of insect hosts and study of their impacts on host physiology and susceptibility to disease. In 2020, Nichole will join the Department of Biology at JohnsHopkins University as an Assistant Professor.


Picture of Maya-MaldonadoKrystal Maya-Maldonado

Krystal earned her Ph.D. in infectomics and molecular pathogenesis from CINVESTAV-IPN and the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico (INSP) in 2020, where she studied priming immune response in mosquitoes. She is interested in the insect immune system and host-pathogen interactions. Now, she is focusing on studying the transgenerational impact of the gut microbiome on immunity.

Graduate Students

Picture of BarronAlexander Barron

Alex received a B.S. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut in 2016. He joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in January of 2018. He is interested in host and microbial factors that control the gut colonization of probiotic bacteria.

Picture of CondonMadison Condon

Madison joined the lab in Fall 2017 after earning her B.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University. She's studying host-pathogen interactions in Drosophila by examining how the immune system responds to infection. She is also interested in understanding how host factors can alter pathogen virulence.

Picture of DziedzicRose Dziedzic

Rose earned her B.S. in Biology from The College of William & Mary in 2012, where she studied the nuclear translocation of thyroid hormone receptor. She joined the Broderick Lab in 2015 as a Ph.D. student. Rose studies how the gut microbiomes affect immunity and development in Drosophila melanogaster.

Picture of LesperanceDanielle Lesperance

Dani earned her B.S. from the University of Connecticut in 2011, then worked for three years on beta cell regeneration in mice as a technician at the Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute in Springfield, MA. She became a graduate student in the Broderick lab in 2015 where she now studies the impact of the microbiome on host nutrition, aging, and disease susceptibility.

Picture of MoutonTaylar Mouton

Taylar earned her B.S in Molecular Genetics from the University of Rochester in 2019 where she studied the effects of selfish gene elements on D. melanogaster. She joined the Broderick lab in the Spring of 2020. Taylar is interested in studying the interplay between diet and the gut microbiome, and how this relationship could impact oogenesis and embryonic development.

Picture of SotoBenjamin Soto

Benji earned his B.S in Biotechnology from Cal Poly Pomona in 2019 where he studied how garlic modifies the host immune response. He joined the Broderick lab in the Spring of 2020. Benji is interested in identifying host molecular mechanisms that are modulated by the microbiome to alter host physiology.

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