Principal Investigator


Zhicheng Dou, Ph.D.

2002              B.S.             Fudan University, Shanghai, China

2009              Ph.D.          University of Southern Mississippi

2015              Postdoc      University of Michigan Medical School

Phone: 864-656-2460



Lab Manager

Amy Bergmann, B.S.

2017              B.S.           Clemson University


Graduate Students

Brock Thornton, B.S.

Ph.D. Candidate


2014              B.S.           Mississippi State University


Melanie Key, B.S.

Ph.D. student


2018 B.S. Auburn University


Undergraduate Students

Katherine Floyd – Senior, major in biochemistry and microbiology

Claire Fortman – Junior, Major in microbiology

Chiara Micchelli – Junior, ajor in microbiology

Grace Vaughan– Junior, major in microbiology






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Figure 1. Farewell party for Paige Teehan on July, 27th, 2017, the former lab technician. From left to right, Zhicheng, Amy, Tanner, Paige, Katherine, Carly, and Brock.

Figure 2. Painting to celebrate Katherine’s internship at UT Southwestern. From left to right, Brock, Amy, Chiara, Melanie, and Katherine.





  1. Paige Teehan, lab technician (2015-2017). She will join the graduate program at Penn State University to pursue her Ph.D. degree.
  2. Davis Osborn, undergraduate researcher (2016-2017). He will join the MD program at Medical University of South Carolina.
  3. Alex Villano, undergraduate researcher and lab assistant (2016). She is pursing her MBA degree at Clemson.
  4. Andrew Dippre, undergraduate researcher (2015-2016). He is a program assistant in the Department of Neurosurgery at Medical University of South Carolina.
  5. Jessica Krefski (2017) Senior, major in microbiology at Clemson University
  6. Carly Dameron, Graduate Student
  7. Christian Cochrane, Undergraduate researcher (2017-2019) He will pursue his D.O. at VCOM in Spartanburg, SC.
  8. Sophie Millard, Ph.D Fall Rotation (2019). She is pursuing her Ph.D at Clemson University.
  9. Maria Kubaszewska, Undergraduate researcher (2020), Exchange student from University of Aberdeen in Scotland.