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
Fall 2016
Predatory bacteria crew:
Molly Anthony, Biology
Angeline Casale, Biology
Nicole Cullen, Biology and Spanish
Joe Mangiamele, Biology
Karla Martinez, Biology
Justina Mellone, Biology
Mimi O’Malley, Biology
Molly Oser, Biology
Luke Zappia, Biology

Microbiome crew:
Kyle Edmonds, Biology and Mathematics
Claire Kleinschmidt, Engineering-Physics-Systems (co-advised with Dr. Steve Mecca)
Lauren Precopio, Biology

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Spring 2016

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

Class of 2016 lab alumni
Class of 2016 lab alumni