Dr. Thomas Hammond    

Lab Members



Tom Hammond, Ph.D


Graduate Students


Allison Hankins (Visiting graduate student, Spring 2021)

Allison accepted a teaching position at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator IL! (Fall 2021)

Jim Mierendorf (Fall 2020 - )

Rodney Quansah (Visiting graduate student, Spring 2019)

Rodney recently graduated from Rush University where he received the Prancan Award for excellence in biotechnology! (Spring 2020)

Natalie Burrell (Jan 2019 - )

Anna Abusharekh (August 2017 - December 2019)

Anna is a vaccine stability specialist for the PATH global health organization in Seattle! (2022)

Aykhan Yusifov (January 2017 - August 2018)

Aykhan is working on a Ph.D. at The University of Wyoming this Fall! (2018)

Joshua Burkhead (January 2017 - May 2018)

Josh is working as a research technician at the University of Chicago in the lab of Dr. Bana Jabri! (July 2019)

Nick Rhoades (May 2015 - )

Nick finished his Master's degree in December 2017! He is currently working on his Ph.D. at ISU!

Matt Alward (Sept 2016 - Aug 2017)

Matt is working as a histology technican in central Illinois! (Jan 2018)

Amy Boyd (Aug 2014 - May 2016)

Amy is pursuing her Ph.D. at UC-Riverside! (Sept 2016)

Zach Smith (Aug 2014 - May 2016)

Zach is the Laboratory Manager at Green Thumb Industries (GTI)! (Jan 2018)

Dilini Ralalage Samarajeewa (Aug 2013 - June 2017)

Dilini accepted a job offer from EPL Bio Analytical Services in Niantic, Illinois! (Jan 2018)

Jay Pyle (Jan 2013 - May 2015) 

Jay works in research and development for Mead Johnson Nutrition! (August 2016)

Katie Groskreutz (May 2013 - May 2014)

Katie works as an analyst and programmer for Segate Technology, Inc!. (May 2013)

Pegan Sauls Pyle (Jan 2013 - May 2015)

Pegan works for Mead Johnson Nutrition! (September 2016)



Undergraduate Research assistants

Emma Argo (Fall 2021 - )


Sydney Martin (Fall 2021 - )


Andrew Michael (Spring 2021)

Andrew is a laboratory technication for SHIELD Illinois! (2022)

TJ Akande (Spring 2021)

TJ accepted a technician position with the USDA in Peoria! (Summer 2022)

Jessica Siebers (September 2020 - May 2021)

Waiting for update

Andres Vargas (September 2020 - May 2021)

Waiting for update

Alyssa Siebers (September 2020 - May 2021)

Alyssa is attending Arizona State University for a Master's in Urban and Environmental Planning! (2022)


Jackson Edwards (February 2020 - May 2021)

Jackson joined the Sebrook lab! Fall 2021.

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Megan Bernichio (February 2020-December 2020)

Megan is training to be a histotechnologist! (Fall 2021)

Grace Jackson (January 2020 - December 2020)

Grace is pursuing an MPH from Virgina Tech (Fall 2022)!

Trevor Hitzler (Aug 2019 - May 2021))

Trevor starts student teaching Fall 2021!

Allison Hankins (Aug 2019 - December 2020)

Allison has accepted a teaching position at St. Michael the Archangel School in Streator IL (Fall 2021)!

Carly Goben (Aug 2019 - December 2020)

Carly is attending SIU School of Medicine! (Fall 2022)

Logan Gaskill (Aug 2019 - December 2020)

Logan is going to pharmacy school! (Fall 2021)

Teague Williamson (June 2019 - December 2020)

(Waiting for update)

Jim Mierendorf (June 2019 - May 2020)

Jim is pursuing his Master''s with us at ISU! (Sept 2020)

Vanessa Argueta (Jan 2019 - May 2019)

Venessa works in animal care are Lomabrd Animal Hospital! (May 2020)

Adnan Avdic (Jan 2019 - May 2019)

Adnan is applying to nursing programs! (Fall 2019)

Gabrielle Dowell (Jan 2019 - December 2020)

Gabrielle works for MilliporeSigma in cell line development! (Jan 2020)

Nikolas Parra (Jan 2019-December 2020)

NIkolas is interested in combining photography and science! (Spring 2021)


Matthew Sepich (Jan 2019-May 2019)

Matt is currently working as a laboratory assistant at OSF St. Francis Medical Center! (Summer 2019)

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Alyssa Wiebel (Jan 2019- May 2020)

Alyssa is attending PA school at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Myers, FL! (Fall 2020)


Amber Campen (Aug 2018 - May 2019)

Amber is attending the Mennonite College of Nursuing! (Jan 2020)

Abraham Velazquez (Aug 2018 - May 2019)

Abraham was a summer intern with the Lawndale Christian Health Center! (July 2019)

Abe works as an ER medical scribe! (Fall 2019)

Olu Bamidele (Aug 2018 - May 2020)

Olu is going to medical school! (April 2020)

Abigail Carrol (Aug 2018 - December 2019)

Abby is halfway through her Masters of Nursing degree! (August 2020)

Aaron Karkos(Aug 2018 - May 2020)

Aaron is working in healthcare and planning on PA school! (August 2020)

Xhejs Lame (Aug 2018 - May 2020)

Xhejs is attending SIU's School of Dental Medicine! (Sept 2021)

Brock Lynn (Aug 2018 - May 2020)

Brock is starting medical school in Fall 2022l!

Justice Srednick (Aug 2018 - May 2019)

Justice has moved to Madison Wisconsin and is seeking a career in animal care! (Summer 2020)

Justice interned at Miller Park Zoo! (Fall 2019)


Evan Strandquist (Aug 2018 - Dec 2018)

Evan is working as an undergraduate research assistant in ISU's department of chemistry! (Spring 2018)

Carolyn Packard (Feb 2018 - May 2019)

Carolyn is in her first year of occupational therapy school! (Fall 2021)

Seth Braker (Jan 2018 - May 2018)

Seth is attending UIC College of Dentistry! (Sept 2018)

Hunter Burdette (Jan 2018 - May 2018)

Hunter is applying for jobs in Biotech! (May 2018)

Madison Cherry (Jan 2018 - Dec 2018)

Madison will join Loyola University's Accelerated Nursing Program! (Fall 2019)

Ella Francis (Jan 2018 - December 2020)

Ella is attending PA school at St Catherine University in St Paul (Fall 2022)!

Erin Jones (Jan 2018 - May 2018)

Erin is pursuing a career in healthcare!. May 2018


James McDermott (Jan 2018 - May 2018)

James is attending PT school at UIC! Fall 2019

Devonte Oneil (Jan 2018 - Dec 2018, Jan 2020 - )

Xavier Ostolaza Maldonado (Jan 2018 - May 2019)

Xavier works for Chestnut Health Systems! Fall 2019

Kiana Shawd (Jan 2018 - May 2018)

Kiana works for Illinois Cancer Care in Peoria! August 2020


Umme Ahsan (August 2017 - May 2019)

Umme is working towards a career in heathcare!


Meredith LaRoche (August 2017 -  December 2018)

Meridith is attending PA school at Samford University! Fall 2019


Marissa Piper (August 2017 - May 2019)

Marissa is a medical  student at Oklahoma State! Fall 2021


Monica Igiewe (January 2017 - December 2018)

Monica is a laboratory technician for SHEILD Illinois! (Spring 2022).


Sarah Pollman (January 2017 - December 2018)

Sarah is preparing to be a high school science teacher! Fall 2019


Brianna Barrett (January 2017 - December 2018)

Brianna is attending PA school at Gannon University! Fall 2019


Sarah Rasmussen (January 2017 - May 2018)

Sarah is attending nursing school at DePaul University! (Fall2020)


Ken Hart (January 2017 - December 2017)

Ken is a research tech for Archer Daniels Midland! Sept 2019


Stephanie Wohnrade (January 2017 - May 2018)

Stephanie is a student science teacher at Fenton High School in Bensenville! Fall 2019


Jackson Stephenson (November 2016 - May 2019)

Jack is working in sales for Comcast Corporation! Fall 2019


Elise Webber (November 2016 - December 2019)

Elise is pursuing a Ph.D. at Rosalind Frankilin University! Fall 2020


Marysa Colarusso (June 2016 - May 2018)

Marysa is working at FONA International as an assistant food scientist! June 2018


Grace Abraham (June 2016 - Fall 2019)

Gracie is working as a certified nursuing assistant! Summer 2020


Chabu Nsokoshi (Nov 2015 - May 2017)

Chabu is working as a research assistant at the UIUC! 2017


Brandon Cottrel (Nov 2015 - May 2016)

Brandon is working as a water chemist for the Great Lakes Water Authority! (2017)

Brandon has just published a book on inspirational and uplifiting quotes! (2017)

Joshua Burkhead (Aug 2015 - May 2016)

Josh is working as a research assistant at the University of Chicago! May 2020


Brittany Stark (Aug 2015 - May 2017)

Update: Brittany is going to veterinary school at the University of Illinois this August! March 2017


Ashley Warring (Aug 2015 - May 2016)

Ashley is working on her Master's degree with Dr. Nathan Mortimer here at ISU! (September 2016)


Stone Bock (Jan 2015 - Dec 2015)

Stone is attending the Mennonite college of nursing! Spring 2020


Stacy Bedore (Jan 2015 - July 2016)

Stacy is pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Georgia! Sept 2016


Sarah Bellout (Jan 2015 - May 2016)

Sarah is pursuing her Ph.D. at UC San Diego! Sept 2016

Turner Reid (Nov 2014 - December 2016)

Turner is going to dental school, most likely The University of Iowa College of Dentistry! Dec 2016


Brianna Merrill (Nov 2014 - May 2015)

Brianna works for Archer Daniels Midland as a research assistant! Sept 2016


Stephanie Spingler (April 2014 - Dec 2014)

Stephanie works for Charles River Laboratories in the Immunological Assay division!  January 2017


Tejas Patel (Jan 2014 - May 2017)

TJ is attending medical school at Ross University (Fall 2020)

TJ is currently a Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow at NIH-NIEHS in Raleigh North Carolina!

TJ was named a 2016-2017 Robert G. Bone Scholar!


Nick Rhoades (Jan 2014 - May 2015)

Nick is pursuing a Master's in Biotechnology with us at ISU.


Tyler Malone (Aug 2013 - May 2015)
Tyler is purusing a Masters degree in Bioinformatics and Statistics at University of MIchigan. (July 2015)

Tyler was named a 2014-2015 Robert G. Bone Scholar!


Morgan McCall (Aug 2013 - May 2014)
Morgan just received her acceptance letter from the College of Dental Medicine at Midwestern University (Dec 2015)!


Zach Smith (Aug 2013 - May 2014)
Zach joined us for a Master's in Biotechnology. (July 2014)


Danielle Kuntz (Jan 2013 - Dec 2013)

Danielle pursured a Master's in Forensic Science at Geroge Mason University,

before joining the Kentucky State Police as a Forensic Biologist! (2017)


Austin Harvey (Aug 2012 - May 15)
Austin is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Oregon. (July 2015)


Kevin Sharp (Aug 2012 - Dec 2013)
Kevin is a research assistant at Rush University. (July 2015)


Junior Members

Abby and Ella Hammond (Class of 2025)


Research Assistants


Joshua Peters (Summer 2018 - Spring 2019)

Josh is a science teacher at Normal Community High School. He joined our lab in summer 2018 to help us with our NSF-supported research on Spore killing in Neurospora (Award# 1615626).


Pennapa Manitchotpisit, Ph.D. (Jul 2014 - Aug 2016)

Penn is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow with the USDA in Peoria (Sept 2016).

Non-human Members


Wilbur 'Skittles' Hammond


Happy 'Starbuck' Hammond