People


Salvador Almagro-Moreno, Ph.D.

I am an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida. I am also a core faculty member of the National Center for Integrated Coastal Research and the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster at UCF.

I was the E. E. Just Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College and a Postdoctoral Researcher in Dr. Ronald Taylor’s lab at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.


Trudy-Ann Grant

My name is Trudy-Ann Grant and I am from Jamaica. I received my Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences and a minor in Chemistry from Florida International University and my Master of Health Science degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

I am a Ph.D. student interested in therapeutic treatments against bacterial disease. Specifically, I study the emergence and evolution of resistance against antimicrobial compounds in the Vibrionaceae and the evolution of their pathogenicity factors.

While I do enjoy increasing my scientific knowledge, my other hobbies include spending time with family, cooking, and drawing. My career aspiration is to become a key member on a drug discover team.


Deepak Balasubramanian, Ph.D.

My name is Deepak Bala and I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Moreno lab. I obtained my Ph.D. at Florida International University.

I study the molecular mechanisms and regulation  of persister cell formation in Vibrio cholerae.


Jane Maureen Jayakumar

I am a Masters Student pursuing a degree in Biotechnology interested in the bacterial pathogenesis and immune evasion. Specifically, I study the evolution of virulence and host colonization of Vibrio vulnificus.

I graduated with a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from NMAM IT, India. In the future, I want to pursue a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology.

When not killing bacteria in the lab I like to read novels and travel to new places.


Mario Lopez-Perez, Ph.D.

I am a visiting Postdoctoral Fellow from the University Miguel Hernandez in Alicante (Spain) where I am a senior fellow in the Laboratory of Dr. Francisco Rodriguez Valera.

I am interested in the evolutionary and ecological dynamics of marine bacteria.

I graduated with a PhD from the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology, Valencia (Spain)


Past Members

UG: Undergraduate; MS: Masters student; T: Technician; PH: Ph.D. student; PD: Postdoc

Sebastian Murcia (T), Geethika Reddi (MS), Nazmus Sakib (MS), Carolina Ganan (UG), Amy Freiberg (UG), Genesys Santana (UG), Al Rahrooh (UG), Remzie Boisrond (UG), Beatriz de Faria (UG), Ivan Nunez (UG), Sandeep Rathod (UG), Paulina Corral (PD), Precious White (UG)