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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

Current and Past research students 

Umair Hussain: Summer 2023

Esbeida Olascoaga: Summer 2023

1Manal Syeda: Fall 2022 – Current

1Yousuf Kamal: Fall 2022- Current

Subohi Fatima: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

Marina Mitchell: Fall 2022 

5Kierra Pendill: Summer 2022

5Melissa Ruiz: Summer 2022

Samiha Syed: Spring 2022- Fall 2022

Zohaib Zubair: Spring 2022-May 2023

3,4Arinze Egbuna : Summer 2021

Sebastian Reyes: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

1,5,7Nashwah Memon: Fall 2020 – Spring 2022

1,5,7Sophia Sami, Health Science: Fall 2020 – Spring 2022

4,6,7Natalie Figueroa, Biology: Summer 2020- Fall 2021

3,4Aubrie Hodo, Biology: Summer 2020

1Hajar Mchabcheb, Health Sciences: Spring 2020- Fall 2020

5Humna Khan, Health Sciences: Spring 2020 – Summer 2020

Emaan Arif, Health Sciences: Spring 2020 – Fall 2020

1, 3Ahmed Mohiuddin, Health Sciences: Spring 2020 

1Zainab Ahmed, Health Sciences: Fall 2019 – Spring 2020

1Anna Thiel, Biochemistry/Molecular Biology: Spring 2019– Fall 2019

​1, 3Ahsan Adil, Health Sciences: Spring 2019 – Spring 2021

1Maryam Mohammed, Biology: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

1Noura Omari, Health Sciences: Fall 2018 – Spring 2019

1, 2, 3Ciera Duffy, Biology: Fall 2018 – Spring 2020

1Ifrah Khan, Health Sciences: Fall 2017  

1Najah Azim, Biology: Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Number reference

1Poster presentation at URSA (Undergraduate Research Scholarship and Arts) Symposium, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL

2Poster presentation at Molecular Genetics of Bacteria and Phages, Madison, WI

3Poster presentation at LSMRCE (Louis Stokes Midwest Regional Center of Excellence) Conference, Indianapolis, IN

4Oral presentation for PUMA-STEM

5Oral presentation for NSSRP

6Oral presentation Benedictine University Board of Trustees

7Poster Presentation at ASM World Microbe Forum

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