People

Dr. Laura Williams

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I am a microbiologist who uses genomics to study the evolution and ecology of bacteria. I’m particularly interested in bacteria involved in symbiotic associations. I graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2001. I then spent a year and a half at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA, as an Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratory Training Fellow. In 2003, I started graduate school at the University of Georgia with Dr. Anne Summers, where I studied plasmids in Salmonella and E. coli. I earned my Ph.D. in microbiology in 2009 and then moved to a postdoctoral position with Dr. Jennifer Wernegreen (first at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, and then at Duke University in Durham, NC). There I studied genome evolution in Blochmannia, an intracellular symbiont of ants. In 2013, I joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Athens, GA, to investigate antibiotic resistance using a large Salmonella genomics dataset. I joined the Department of Biology at Providence College in spring 2015.

Degrees in science offer many possible career paths, and I’m happy to talk to students about my experiences. I am the Graduate School advisor for the Department of Biology here at Providence College.

Undergraduate Student Researchers
Summer 2017
Predatory bacteria crew:
Angeline Casale, Biology
Joe Mangiamele, Biology
Karla Martinez, Biology
Molly Oser, Biology
Luke Zappia, Biology

Lab alumni
Class of 2017
Nicole Cullen
Kyle Edmonds
Claire Kleinschmidt
Justina Mellone
Lauren Precopio

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Class of 2017 lab alumni
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Class of 2017 lab alumni

Class of 2016
Nadiva Brown
Brett Enos
Sean O’Donnell
Fabiola Privat

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Class of 2016 lab alumni