Lab Members

Lab Director
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Dr. Lynne earned his B.S. in Microbiology in 2000 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Pathogenesis in 2006, both from North Dakota State University.  After post-doctoral training at Iowa State University and the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation, Dr. Lynne joined the faculty at Sam Houston State University  in 2008 as an Assistant Professor. He currently is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Sam Houston State University.  

Areas of research interest include how microorganisms can be useful in forensic science, characterization of resistance phenotypes and genotypes in Salmonella isolates from human and animal sources, sequencing large plasmids to study their evolution, and determining the prevalence and distribution of these plasmids among Salmonella. Dr. Lynne is also a founding member of the Psychobiological Research Consortium at SHSU, and interdisciplinary group of researchers focused on exploring the links between biology and human behavior. 

Current Students
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Jackie Vasquez joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate in 2014 and has continue on as a graduate student.  Her current project involves statistical analysis of Total Body Scoring of cadavers.

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Trisha Brewer joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate in 2017 and has continue on as a graduate student in 2018.  Her current project is looking at correlations between the human oral microbiome and stress markers.

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Carlos Alaniz joined the Lynne lab as a graduate student in 2020.  His current project is investigating the microbiome of bones from decomposing cadavers.

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Harlie Sasser joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate student in 2018.  She is currently assisting with research projects involving the microbiome of decomposing cadavers.

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Caitlyn Gaffney joined the Lynne lab as a graduate student in 2018.  Her current project iInvolves comparative genomics of antibiotic producing strains of Pseudomonas.

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Rachel Porter joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate in 2018 and has continue on as a graduate student in 2019.  Her current project is investigating trascriptomics of antibiotic producing bacteria on various growth media.

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Molly Sarles joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate student in 2018.  She is currently assisting with research projects involving the microbiome of decomposing cadavers.

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Scott Carpenter joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate student in 2019.  He is currently assisting with research projects involving the microbiome of decomposing cadavers. 

Veronica Rodriquez joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate in 2017 and has continue on as a graduate student in 2018.  Her current project is comparing the microbiome of cadavers decomposing indoors vs. outdoors.

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Jonathan Corral joined the Lynne lab as  a graduate student in 2020.  His current project is investigating trascriptomics in bacteria with contact dependent antibiotic production.

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Auriana Smith joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate student in 2018.  She is currently assisting with research projects involving the microbiome of decomposing cadavers.

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Georgeanne LLanes joined the Lynne lab as an undergraduate student in 2020.  She is currently characterizing antibiotic producing soil isolates.

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Former Graduate Students
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Alison Garner graduate from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2010.  Her thesis involved comparing the genomes of Salmonella  to understand host specificity.  She is currently an instructor at Wharton Community College.

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Lauren Smith graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2016.  Her thesis involved characterizing the spacial and temporal differences of the facial microbiome of human cadavers.  She is currently a crime analyst with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. 

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Mary Ruble graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2018.  Her thesis involved characterizing the microbiome of bone marrow of human cadavers.  She is currently an instructor at Collin College

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Keri Powell graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2014.  Her thesis involved comparing the host-pathogen interactions among Salmonella and Caenorhabditis
elegans.  She is currently a clinical social work graduate student at University of Houston.

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Dawn Burns graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2016.  Her thesis involved studying the host-pathogen interactions between Salmonella  serovars and aging C. elegans.  She is currently a study coordinator at Northwest Houston Clinical Research. 

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Lauren Sommer graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2018.  Her thesis involved Analysis of the B56 Subunit of Protein Phosphatase 2A and the effect of cancer-associated PP2A A subunit mutations on the Wnt signaling pathway.  She is currently a research technician at Baylor College of Medicine.

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Keli King graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2016.  Her thesis involved characterizing the microbiome of flies associated with human cadavers.  She is currently an 8th grade teacher at Palacios ISD.

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Raymond Berry III graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2016.  His thesis investigated the significance of fly-borne bacteria Ignatzschineria on decomposition associated with human cadavers. He just completed his Ph.D. in Biology from New Mexico State University.  Congrats Dr. Berry!

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Cindy Botero graduated from SHSU with an M.S. in Biology in 2017.  Her thesis involved characterizing the interactions between serum proteins of the complement system and outer membrane proteins in avian pathogenic Escherichia coli.  She is currently is a Laboratory Research Assistant at the University of Houston

Former Undergraduate Students
In Memory of Thomas O'Connor

November 29, 1982 - June 4, 2019

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Tommy O'Connor received his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2017 and master’s degree in Education in 2019 from Sam Houston State University. Tommy worked with Dr. Bucheli and I from 2016-2017 and was an excellent student and researcher.  He loved science and teaching and brought that passion with him every day while teaching at Cypress Lakes High School.  Tommy unexpectedly passed on June 4, 2019 and is survived by his wife Alanna and daughter Vanessa.  Tommy was a bright scientist and educator who is dearly missed. 

Numerous undergraduate students have work on various research project in my lab in the last 12 years.  Many have gone on to various careers and professions.  Students who have worked in my lab are listed below:

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Rachel Aaron

Kemi Alabi

Amanda Allen

Sarah Alvarez

Nwakaego Amaechina

Cole Anderson

Aaron Arnold

Jordan Baker

Stephanie Baker

Hunter Barnes

Makayla Bernard

Matt Borum

Trisha Brewer

Jillian Carnes

Zak Carroll

Melinda Carter

Halley Cazort

Cristopher Crocket

Heather Deel

Dawn Fisher

Maria Garcia

Matt Greenwood

Daniel Haarmann

Brittany Ham

Ally Hathaway

Kaylin Kourkoubes

Shanila Lakhani

Jenifer Lopez

Zach Lueck

Cullen Lyles

Aris Manos

Samantha McBride

Rebbeca McNair

Brittanie Miller

Courtney Miller

Joshua Mitchell

Blake Munoz

Michael Ndamanti

Samson Ndukwe

Daniel Nwosuocha

Tommy O’Connor

Kristen Olsen

Laura Paez

Afifa Perkins

Nicky Pernell
Dalton Plummer
Keri Powell
Peter Quach
Bridgette Rose
Veronica Rodriguez
Jerry Roland
Babbie Saurez
Lauren Smith
Kristen Solis
Kalyn Stephens
Jackie Vasquez
Katie Veltman
Amanda Walton
James Willet
Aaron Winton
Christine Woelfel-Monsivais
Shandilynne Wright