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Email the Director :
John Leigh, Ph.D.


People

From left to right - Andy, Erik, Jeremy, John, Tom, and Aaron
Not Pictured: Brian, Neil, Pete W.

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Kyle

I am a Graduate student in the lab. My thesis project involves understanding and characterizing novel paths electron flow and energy conservation in methanogenesis. I am also interested in utilizing Methanococcus maripaludis for the production of biofuels such as hydrogen and methane. I participate in the University of Washington Astrobiology Program .
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Tom

My work focuses on the areas of nitrogen and hydrogen regulation in M. maripaludis. I am characterizing NrpR, a novel archaeal transcriptional regulator, and its mechanism of gene regulation. In the area of hydrogen regulation, my study revolves around the identification of the signal(s) for hydrogen starvation as well as the mechanisms of gene regulation. Another interest is in the applied aspects of M. maripaludis metabolism.
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John

John Leigh received his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois working with Ralph Wolfe. He did a postdoc with Graham Walker at MIT, then moved to his faculty position at the University of Washington. John's lab has been working on regulation in Methanococcus maripaludis since 1994, and this remains his main passion. He also enjoys hiking and Astrobiology field trips. Recently, for his 50th birthday, the lab presented him with a large birthday "card" written in luminescent bacteria, picturing his favorite coenzyme, methanofuran.

Former Lab Members

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June

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Brian

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Phoebe

Major: microbiology
Year: senior
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Dan

Major: biology
Year: senior
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Sujung

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Jeremy

I joined the Leigh lab in the summer of 2001. My thesis project involves understanding post-translational regulation of nitrogen fixation in M. maripaludis. I am also involved in the UW-Seattle Astrobiology program: http://depts.washington.edu/astrobio/
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Erik

I received my bachelor's degree in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College and my PhD in genetics from Harvard. My post doctoral work in John Leigh's lab focuses on transcriptional regulation by hydrogen as well as the genome sequencing and RNA array projects.
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Aaron

I received my undergraduate degree in 2003 from Swarthmore College, where I majored in Biology and minored in Astronomy. For the last three years, I was a Biology and Physics teacher at the Princeton Science Academy. I have just joined the Microbiology Department here at UW as a graduate student and have been working in this lab since June.
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Andy

I am currently an undergrad here at the university. I am studying transcriptional regulation in m. maripaludis and will be graduating this fall (06). In my spare time I try make sure the people below me don't screw up too much.
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Quy

Name: Dong Quy Nguyen
Major: microbiology
Year: senior
Hobbies: enjoy playing anything that can get more oxygen into my brain!!
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Pete

I'm a senior undergrad majoring in cellular, molecular, and developmental biology with a minor in chemistry. I'll be done with UW after winter, and will be checking out graduate school.
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Neil

I am a current undergrad studying biochemistry, I am looking into continuing my education in graduate studies. You can reach me at neilw@u.washington.edu
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Andrew

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Qiangwei

I can be reached at qx@u.washington.edu . My personal website is http://students.washington.edu/qx.


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Ulf

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Andrew W.

Currently studying at Seattle Univeristy .


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Christine

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Shelly

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Mihir

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