Allison Hansen Lab

Lab Members

Allison K. Hansen, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Allison Hansen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Integrative Biology within the Department of Entomology at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 

Research
Broadly, she is interested in molecular genetics and genomics of insect-microbe coevolution, and how insect and bacterial metabolisms interact to facilitate mutualistic, commensal, or parasitic interactions. 
  


Ph.D., Entomology, 2005-2009, University of California, Riverside (UCR), Outside Minor= Biology, Evolutionary genetics
Postdoctoral Researcher- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, Tucson, 5/2009-4/2010 (Advisor= Nancy Moran)
Postdoctoral Fellow- Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University, New Haven, 4/2010-7/2013 (Advisor= Nancy Moran)

Assistant Professor- University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Department of Entomology
                                                              8/2013 to present
Teaching
-Bioinformatics and Human Genome IB 364 (3 credits), Spring 2014, 2015, & 2017 (offered every other Spring)
-Seminar in Entomology- Genomics of insect-microbe interactions IB 526 (1 credit), Spring 2014
-Animal Biology IB 104 (4 credits), Fall 2014
-Topics in Ecology & Evolution IB546 (1 credit, co-taught), Fall 2014, 2015, & 2016
-Honors Biology: Evolution of Cells and Molecules IB 270 (5 credits), Fall 2015, 2016, 2017 (offered every Fall)


 Howdy PlaceholderMargaret W. Thairu, M.Sc. in Entomology

Ph.D. Graduate Student - Fall 2014
- present

Margaret is a Ph.D. candidate in Entomology starting in August 2014.

Margaret's c.v.












Howdy PlaceholderDohyup Kim, M.A. in Molecular Biology, Focus= Bioinformatics

Ph.D. Graduate Student- Fall 2014- present

Dohyup is a Ph.D. candidate in Entomology starting in August 2014.

Dohyup's c.v.







Lily PicSiyuan (Lily) Cheng

Undergraduate Researcher

Lily is a Senior in the School of Integrative Biology’s Honors Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Fall 2015 - present).


Lily's c.v.









isabel PicIsabel H. Skidmore

Undergraduate Researcher

Isabel Skidmore is a Junior in the School of Integrative Biology's Honors program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(Spring 2016- present).

Isabel's c.v.











z PicAlex Riley

Undergraduate Researcher

Alex is a Junior in the School of Integrative Biology's Honors program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2016- present)

Alex's c.v.












ericEric Lamoutte

Undergraduate Researcher

Eric is a Junior in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (Spring 2016- present)

  Eric's c.v.












z PicBrendan Jamison

Undergraduate Researcher

Brendan is a Sophomore in the School of Integrative Biology's Honors program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(Spring 2017- present)

  Brendan's c.v.












z PicClaire Dust

Undergraduate Researcher

Claire is a Sophomore in the School of Integrative Biology's Honors program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(Spring 2017- present)

Claire's c.v.




















z PicHenry Rothenberg

Undergraduate Researcher

Henry is a Sophomore in the School of Integrative Biology's Honors program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
(Spring 2017- present)

Henry's c.v.
















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Hansen lab Fall 2016. From left to right:  Siyuan (Lily) Cheng
Margaret Thairu, Isabel Skidmore, and Dohyup Kim


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Hansen lab Fall 2014. From left to right: Dohyup Kim, Thor Hansen, Margaret Thairu, and Allison Hansen



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                                                     Pictured left to right: Thor Hansen and Hongmei Li-Byarlay (picture by Allison Hansen)



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JOIN THE LAB!


POSTDOC FELLOWS

Apply for a postdoctoral fellowship through NIH, NSF, USDA-AFRI, Ford Diversity Fellowship Program, BARD, Fullbright, or IGB (Woese Postdoctoral Fellowship) and come work with the Hansen Lab. 

GRADUATE STUDENTS 

Graduate students interested in joining the lab can be a Master's or Ph.D. student in the Department of Entomology, or as a Master's or Ph.D. student in the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation (PEEC) within the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois. If you would like to apply to my lab as a Post-doc or graduate student please send me your c.v. , three letters of recommendation, along with a personal research statement via e-mail.

Entomology: http://www.life.illinois.edu/entomology/admissions.html
PEEC: http://sib.illinois.edu/peec/preapplication


UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

If you are interested in acquiring research opportunities in insect symbiont interactions you are welcome to contact me via e-mail.


                                                                                                                            Pictured: Victoria Wong



Former Lab Members

Post-Doctoral / Academic Professionals

Raman Bansal, Ph.D - Visiting Post-doctoral Researcher (Winter 2015)
Department of Entomology, Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
Post-doc Funding: IGTRCN's Peer-to-Peer Training Program

Eva Nováková, Ph.D - Visiting Post-doctoral Researcher (Summer 2014)
Department of Parasitology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia and Institute of Parasitology, Biology Centre ASCR
Post-doc Funding: EU Education for Competitiveness Operational Programme to EN.

Hongmei Li-Byarlay, Ph.D - Visiting Academic Professional (Fall 2013) & Academic Lab Hourly (Spring 2014)

Visiting Graduate Students

Bushra Fazal Minhas - Visiting Ph.D Candidate (Summer 2014 - Fall 2014)

Part-time Laboratory Technician

Andrew Jang - Lab Manager (Spring 2014 - Spring 2015)


Undergraduate Researchers

Philip Cannizzaro- Undergraduate Researcher (Spring & Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Summer 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016)- received 'highest distinction' for his undergraduate thesis project in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology. accepted to UIC College of Dentistry - University of Illinois at Chicago

Yihui Zhu
- Undergraduate Researcher (Spring 2014) - accepted to the graduate program at UC Davis, Genomics and Informatics

Victoria Wong - Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2013 & Spring 2014) - accepted to the graduate program at Virginia Tech


Thor Hansen
- Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2013 - Spring 2015) - accepted to the graduate program at University of Kentucky

Josh Newman - Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2014 & Spring 2015) - searching for a position as a bioinformatics lab tech

Amy Kmak - Visiting Undergraduate Researcher (Summer 2015)


Izailda Barbosa Dos Santos -
Visiting International Undergraduate Researcher (Summer 2015)

Eun Ji Jeong - Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2015) - Sophomore in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of  
                          Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Aejin Shon - Undergraduate Researcher (Fall 2015) - Sophomore in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of
                          Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


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