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Twenty-five students and researchers awarded exclusive on-campus instruction on omics data

Hands-on instruction is part of five-day EMSL Summer School 

Genoa Blankenship |
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* Updated July 21, 2023

Twenty-five PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from around the country were chosen to attend exclusive tutorial sessions at the 2023 EMSL Summer School

These awardees were selected through a competitive application process and will participate in hands-on instruction with world-class researchers from July 24 to July 28 on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) campus in Richland, Washington. The daily afternoon sessions will follow the free, virtual sessions that are open to the public. Instruction will focus on the fundamentals and complexities of omics data, aligning with this year’s Summer School theme, “Demystifying Multiomics.” 

“We are thrilled to be hosting such an impressive cohort of students for the 2023 Summer School program,” said Javier E. Flores, a statistician with PNNL and one of this year’s Summer School organizers. “While this experience is meant to provide participants with the opportunity to learn from some of PNNL’s world-class scientists, it also provides us the opportunity to meet with and play a small part in fostering the development of the next generation of scientists—some of whom may be future colleagues!” 

EMSL Summer School Class of 2023 Awardees


This group of students will receive tutorials on data analysis and visualization from instructors like Flores and Lisa Bramer, who is also a Summer School organizer and PNNL data scientist.  

“Omics data are complex, and each are characterized by biological and statistical attributes that influence how they should be analyzed,” Bramer explained. “Through completing our Summer School curriculum, our hope is that students will better understand the different analytic considerations inherent to each ‘omic and be well equipped to implement some of the tools used for their analysis. Our goal is to empower students with the skills necessary to apply a learned data analytic mindset and skillset toward their own data so that they may fulfill their current and future research goals.”  

The 2023 Summer School awardees include:  

Afaf AbdelrahimAfaf Abdelrahim 

The Ohio State University 

Research area: Microbial ecology  


Amo Adueagbemi EmmanuelAmo Aduragbemi

University of Georgia 

Research area: Harnessing genetics and bioinformatics to understand the role of beneficial endophytes with plants, how plants control these interactions, and enhancements for improving crop production 

Fuad Al EnriquezFuad Ale Enriquez 

Washington State University 

Research area: Adaptive laboratory evolution to improve microbial production from archaea

Emma PalmerEmma Palmer 

The University of Texas at Austin 

Research area: Biogeochemistry. Specific focus: how natural, mixed communities of bacteria use extracellular electron shuttles to reduce iron minerals in sediment, soil, and water systems and how this reduced iron might subsequently degrade contaminants  

Chelsea St GermainChelsea St. Germain 

Idaho National Laboratory 

Research area: Biofuel logistics. Main project analyzes the changes in algal metabolism and the microbial community in response to different treatments after harvesting

Kameron RichardsonKameron Richardson 

University of Idaho 

Research area: Soil microbial ecology


Akorede SerikiAkorede Seriki 

University of Idaho 

Research area: Evolutionary and microbiology, with a focus on the genotypic and phenotypic basis of formaldehyde stress response in bacteria 

Anjali KumariAnjali Kumari 

Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering 

Research area: Role of extracellular vesicles in complex cellular communication 

Lennel Camuy-VelezLennel Camuy-Velez 

North Dakota State University, Department of Microbiological Sciences 

Research areas: Microbial ecology, soil–plant–microbe interactions, and plant invasion 

Camilla Gonzalez ArangoCamila Gonzalez Arango 

Penn State University 

Research area: integrating microbial community behavior with a process model

Kalpana Kukreja

University of Texas at El Paso 

Research areas: Dryland critical zone, phosphorus cycling, soil biogeochemistry, metabolomics 

Hui LiHui Li 

Tennessee State University 

Research area: Bacterial functional genomics analyses using genome/metagenome sequencing; plant resistance mechanisms to abiotic stresses, such as aluminum toxicity, heat, and drought through multi-omics approaches 

Miriam Hernandez-RomeroMiriam Hernandez-Romero 

Los Alamos National Laboratory 

Research Area: Plant and algal molecular biology 


Kimberely NdlovuKimberley S. Ndlovu  

The Ohio State University 

Research area: The cervicovaginal microbiome of pregnant people living with HIV and the infant gut microbiome  

Jen KaneJen Kane 

West Virginia University’s Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design 

Research area: Soil microbial ecology 

Juan SantanaJuan Santana 

University of British Columbia, Hallam Lab 

Research area: Microbial ecology of anaerobic digestion systems  


Beth DavenportBeth Davenport 

University of British Columbia 

Research area: Synthetic biology, where she develops biotechnologies for environmental pollution remediation  

Marion OrvoyMarion Urvoy 

The Ohio State University 

Research areas: Marine microbiology and ecology


Priscilla FaraniPriscilla Farani 

University of Texas at El Paso 

Research area: Neglected tropical diseases, focusing on parasitical diseases, specifically Chagas disease 

Paige HansenPaige Hansen 

Colorado State University, Soil and Crop Sciences 

Research area: Identifying microbial traits that drive the formation of two different fractions of soil organic carbon—particulate and mineral-associated organic carbon 

Eva Ottum Eva Ottum 

The University of California Riverside, Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department 

Research area: Bioengineering 

Jessica RushJessica Rush 

University of Colorado Boulder, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences  

Research area: Biogeochemistry and redox cycling in northern peatlands 

Priscilla KiniPriscilla Kini 

University of Maryland Eastern Shore 

Research area: Understanding the molecular processes that underlie the obesogenic action of organophosphorus insecticides, such as chlorpyrifos, as well as how the interaction between exposure to chlorpyrifos and genetic variation contributes to obesity through epigenetic mechanisms 

Teresa Mccarrell Teresa Mccarrell

University of Minnesota

Research area: ecology and physiology of thermophilic cyanobacteria in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park

Princess PinamangPrincess Pinamang 

Georgia Institute of Technology  

Research area: Soil microbial ecology