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Tiara Perez Morales

My desire to learn about how microorganisms communicate goes back to my undergraduate research days. I have always been fascinated at how bacteria can sense and react to their environment. In our lab, we want to understand how specific cell-cell communication systems are used to benefit host-microbe interactions in our gastrointestinal tract. 


BS in Industrial Microbiology, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez

PhD in Microbiology, University of Iowa

Postdoctoral studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

Lab news


Ciera Duffy, BS Biology (2020), has been a successful lab biologist at ITT Research Institute. She will start her PhD program through GEMS at UIC Chicago! 

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Ahsan Adil graduated with a BS in Health Science and is now in the medical program at Midwestern University. 


Ahmed Mohiuddin graduated with a BS in Health Science and a minor in Chemistry (2022).


Anna (Thiel) McFadden graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2019). 

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Arinze Egbuna won first place at LSMRCE poster session for his research work titled "Twoo unique phages, one bacterial host: comparison of Arthrobacter phages BigAri and Tiari! 


Natalie Figueroa, BS Biology (2021) , completed her Masters in Medical Sciences (2023) and will start medical school at PHSU! 

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