Barr 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 JerolamanJulia Jerolaman


Picture of AdekanyeGlory Adekanye
Picture of CloiseauSandro Cloiseau
Picture of HuebnerSamantha Huebner

Sam is studying how the host gut microbiota affects the colonization of probiotic bacteria.

Picture of JacksonClaudia Jackson

Claudia is understanding bacterial virulence mechanisms, specifically the formation of biofilms in different growth conditions. The objective is to understand their role in host responses during infection.

Picture of PadhiShivani Padhi

Shivani studies the impact of the microbiome on host longevity and its role in preventing or promoting aging-related pathologies.

Picture of ZhuMichael Zhu

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