Principal Investigator

  • Mariana Byndloss

    Assistant Professor
    Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

    Medical Center North
    1161 21st Avenue South
    Room / Suite
    (615) 353-0087

    Dr. Mariana Byndloss is native of Brazil. She earned her DVM and MSc in Veterinary Pathology from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil. Her doctoral work performed at UFMG and UC Davis was awarded the Brazilian National Prize for best PhD thesis in Veterinary Medicine. She performed her postdoctoral training in Dr. Andreas Bäumler’s laboratory at UC Davis studying the link between ER stress and innate immunity as well as the interactions between the host and intestinal microbiota during dysbiosis.


  • Woongjae Yoo

    Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

    Originally from Seoul, Republic of Korea, Woongjae earned a Ph.D. in Food and Biotechnology from Seoul National University. His project in the Lab will focus on microbiota, pathogen, and host interaction.

  • Nora Foegeding

    Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

    Nora Foegeding is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. She completed her B.S. in Biology at the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Vanderbilt. Currently she has a broad interest in the interplay between host cells and gut microbes. She enjoys doing Western blots, she loves Thai food, and her favorite movie is The Barkely Marathons: The Race that Eats Its Young. 

Research Staff

  • Jacob Zieba

    Research Assistant I
    Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

    (615) 875-3953

    Jacob grew up in Indianapolis, IN and got a bachelors of Anthropology from DePauw University. Worked at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory before getting a masters in biology from Purdue University.

  • Teresa Torres

    Research Assistant I
    Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology

Graduate Students

  • Nicolas Shealy

    Nic grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and graduated from the College of Charleston with a B.S in Biology in 2018. Currently he is a PhD student at Vanderbilt University in the IGP program. Nic ultimately would like to pursue a career studying commensal bacterial communication between species and with the human host.

  • Tomas Bermudez

    Tomas received a B.S. at The University of the South in 2019. He is interested in studying antibiotic resistance and biofilm production in E. coli. Enjoys cooking and hiking outside of lab and used to row in the Sewanee Crew Team.

Rotation Students


  • Julia Thomas


    Born and raised in New Jersey, Julia is a current undergraduate student at Vanderbilt University studying Medicine, Health, and Society and Spanish. She joined the lab at the end of 2018 and plans to earn her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 2021. 

  • Jessica Mo


    Jessica grew up in Carmel, IN, and is now a sophomore at Vanderbilt. In her free time she writes for the satirical magazine on campus, is a graphic designer, and works with local environmental groups to try to do her part to mitigate climate change.

Former Lab Members

  • Simone Lee


    Born and raised in Houston, TX, Simone is a current undergraduate student at Cornell University majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society. She plans to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in 2022.

  • James Zieba


    Born and raised in Indiana, Alex is a undergraduate student at Purdue University studying biology. He joined the lab during the summer of 2019 and plans to go to graduate school for Molecular Biology.

  • James Underwood

    High School Observer

  • Mandy Truelock

    Rotation Student

    Mandy is originally from Houston, TX and went to Oklahoma State University to earn her BS in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. She is currently a first-year IGP student at Vanderbilt and wants to study pathogenic bacteria and infectious disease.