Heath Lab News

Jada, Destiny, and Nur all graduated this past weekend. These three amazing women have all made important contributions to our lab and we couldn’t be prouder. Watch out world – here they come and they are gonna slay!

Destiny Gonzalez taught us that drought-adapted rhizobia are likely helping out their hosts from where they are hanging out in the rhizosphere, rather than being confined to the nodules where they fix nitrogen.
Jada Powell taught us that whole leaf slurry inoculation (a way to get the whole community from one plant into another) can improve soybean growth, and alter leaf microbial communities!
Nur Al-Kodmany is discovering how rhizobia travel through the soil and whether plants compete for them

Katy’s first class of graduating IB Honors students (she teaches them Evolution). Sad to see them graduate, but happy to see them moving on to exciting next steps!! (med school, grad school, biotech jobs, …. more!)

(most of) the goofballs, all in one place

Labake will begin at the Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in the fall. Trust me – if she ever walks into your exam room, you’re in good hands.

Labake presenting her SIB Distinction project in Spring 2022

Former undergraduate James Kosmopoulos’s thesis project is now available at the Canadian Journal of Microbiology. Congrats James!


Some of us work, and some of us provide entertainment.

Former undergrad James Kosmopoulos (currently PhD student in Madison) shows that nodule-inhabiting endophytic bacteria can inhibit nodulation and plant growth!


James giving a talk on his graduate work (stolen from his LinkedIn page)

Sierra talked about symbiosis and her graduate research at Riggs Beer in Urbana this weekend.