Mougous Lab

University of Washington

Laboratory Members


Principal Investigator

Joseph Mougous, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Microbiology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Joseph received his undergraduate degree at Western Washington University, Bellingham, where he studied surface chemistry. He then earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked in Carolyn Bertozzi’s laboratory studying sulfated glycolipids of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. After completing his graduate studies, Joseph joined the laboratory of John Mekalanos at Harvard Medical School, where he characterized a type VI secretion system of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Joseph established his laboratory at the University of Washington in 2008.


Senior Scientist

S. Brook Peterson
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.A., Biology and Spanish, Grinnell College

Hemantha Don Kulasekara
Ph.D., Wake Forest University
B.S., Biology, Coppin State College


Postdoctoral Fellows

Seemay Chou
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
B.S./B.A., Molecular and Cell Biology/Plan II, University of Texas at Austin
HHMI-sponsored Life Sciences Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow

John Whitney
Ph.D., University of Toronto
B.Sc., Biological Chemistry, University of Guelph
Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellow 


Aria Eshraghi
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
B.A., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley
Bacterial Pathogenesis Postdoctoral Training Grant Recipient


Benjamin Ross
Ph.D., University of Washington
B.A., Biochemistry, Lewis & Clark College
Simons Foundation Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation


Marlen Adler
Ph.D., Uppsala University
B.S./M.S., Microbiology, Uppsala University
Wenner-Gren Foundation Fellow



Graduate Students 

Kaitlyn LaCourse
B.S., Biochemistry, University of New Hampshire

Hannah Ledvina
B.S., Microbiology, University of Arizona
Bacterial Pathogenesis Graduate Student Training Grant Recipient


Lab Technician

Rachel Kim
B.S., Environmental Health, University of Washington



Liana Doma
Major: Microbiology 


Past members *

Alistair Russell
FoSheng Hsu
Julie Silverman
Justin DeLeon
Laura Austin
Max Ferrin
Michele LeRoux
Rachel Hood
Sandra Schwarz

** if you are a former lab member and don’t see yourself, send us a link!