people

Scott H. Saunders, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Fellow, UTSW, 2022 - present

  • Postdoctoral Fellow with Rob Phillips, Caltech, 2020 - 2021

  • Graduate Student with Dianne Newman, Caltech, 2014 - 2020

  • B.S. Ecology / Biology, UGA, 2010-2014

In the lab, Scott enjoys counting colonies and making pretty plots. He gets excited talking about bacterial genetics and likes to dream about the microbiology of the future. Outside of the lab, Scott's pandemic hobbies have been photography and hiking.

Ayesha Ahmed

  • Research Associate, UTSW

  • B.S. Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Texas at Dallas


Ayesha loves learning about bacterial genetics, and is also interested in the effects of drugs, nutrients and bacterial therapies on the microbiome and host immunity. She hopes one day there will be personalized treatments based on our individual microbiota signatures. Ayesha’s other interests include being in nature, doing yoga and listening to classical music.



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