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Many people have contributed to phage work in the VCU Phage Lab! The students listed below discovered a novel phage that was sequenced and/or participated in genome annotation and are listed as coauthors for a genbank file and genome announcement. (Students who only took Phage Discovery I are not included below if they weren't involved in the phage that was sequenced/annotated, and students who take Phage Discovery II first are included in the list for the corresponding spring semester to document their contribution to genome annotation).

The 2020-2021 students below contributed to the discovery and annotation of Bacillus phages Thornton, Darren, BillyBob and MrBubbles

ThorntonDarrenBillyBobMrBubbles
Ahmed IsmailStuti ShahNani Afia Twumasi-AnkrahHobby Chaggar
Santosha VeeramachaneniRithika ChangalHunter FreemanNina Frasketi
Hunter FreemanNeha DavuluriSantosha VeeramachaneniTammy Lam
Lexi CrowMichael DemarinoNeha DavuluriSarayu Movva

Rashik DixitRashik DixitIsabella Nascimento

Nina FrasketiSameem JaghoriElly Tilles

Emmerson IezziCaroline McDonaldMuhammad Zain

Sameem JaghoriRohan Rathi

Tammy LamKiran Sandhi

Caroline McDonaldAmine Sehnouni

Sarayu Movva


Isabella Nascimento


Rohan Rathi


Sarwat Saif


Tanuj Saini


Harnoor Sandhu


Kiran Sandhu


Amine Sehnouni


Ellyssa TIlles


Muhammad Zain

The 2019-2020 students below contributed to the discovery and annotation of Bacillus phage YungSlug, Rhodococcus phage PhailMary, Serratia phage Kevin, and Pantoea phage Survivor. YungSlug was posted to Genbank June 2020 and PhailMary was posted May 2021.

YungSlugPhailMaryKevinSurvivor
Andrew Hale Justin LeBrian MejiaSrinidhi Nemani
Hasib ZamanBret BoydStephanie MelgarSowmya Gannavaram
Kathleen ChoiTanuj SainiJon JiangKirthana Srinivasan
Mallika DattaKendra WoolfolkRida JamalTodd Tran
Bethel DesisaStephanie OseiHao TruongMallika Datta
Shirin DevganGillian FanningKeerthana MeruguAshley Picchiottino
Gillian FanningShirin DevganSarah RyabinkyCeline Honeycutt
Naga Gannavaram
Bethel DesisaAnika Mereddy
Stephanie Gonzalez
Aman SandhuKathleen Choi
Celine Honeycutt


Rida Jamal


Bhavya Jetty


Nora Kostyk


Justin Le


Musaddiq Lodi


Stefany Melgar


Anika Mereddy


Keerthana Merugu


Ava Milstein


Samuel Musore


Srinidhi Nemani


Stephanie Osei


Shweta Perumal


Ashley Picchiottino


Bria Pierre


Rina Ponniah


Sarah Ryabinky


Tanuj Saiini


Amandeep Sandhu


Erich Schmid


Rishma Singh


Reid Spalding


Kirthana Srinivasan


Dan Tran


Duy Tran


Hao Truong


Kendra Woolfolk




The 2018-2019 students below contributed to the discovery and annotation of Bacillus phages Phireball, Beyonphe; Pantoea phages Kyle and Phynn; and Achromobacter phage Motura posted to Genbank July 2019.

PhireballBeyonpheKylePhynnMoturaYungslug
Rishitha AnumolaAyomide FakulujoAyomide FakulujoAli Ahmed

Virgil Kincaid

Andrew Hale
Muskan BansalDaanish FiazDaanish FiazShauneal BobbAva FullerHasib Zaman
John BowryAva FullerSakshi GargRashmi BojjaKayla Hodges
Qurratulayn ChoudhrySakshi GargGiuliana GordonSophia FehrmannMuskan Bansal
Jacob EssigGiuliana GordonZainab HaiderDaanish FiazJacob Essig
Ayomide FakulujoZainab HaiderAndrew HaleCatherine Frost

Sakshi GargAndrew HaleKayla HodgesSukhleen Kaur

Giuliana GordonKayla HodgesLeann JacobPratiik Kaushik

Zainab HaiderLeann JacobFarah KandilDylan Lee

Andrew HaleFarah KandilVirgil KincaidBrian Mejia

Kayla HodgesAngela MorrelliAngela MorrelliSuha Minai

Leann JacobRobert MorrisRobert MorrisRose Moonjelly

Farah KandilMuhammad NawazMuhammad NawazAngela Morrelli

Moorin KhanAarib OmairAarib OmairJoshua Morris

Virgil KincaidJackson PrayJackson PrayRobert Morris

Rowan O'HaraHiba SaleemHiba SaleemMuhammad Nawaz

Jackson PrayKathy SaravaneKathy SaravaneAarib Omair

Hiba SaleemXiuqin SaundersApoorv SharmaYuktha Penumala

Xiuqin SaundersApoorv SharmaArashpreet SinghRabia Saad

Apoorv SharmaArashpreet SinghMyia WalstonKathy Saravane

Thinh VoNathaniel SmithHasib ZamanArash Singh

Kimberly WalleyMyia WalstonNikhita PuthuveetilNathaniel Smith

Hasib ZamanHasib ZamanLinda DoJames Vithoulka

Nikhita PuthuveetilNikhita PuthuveetilNasita IslamMyia Walston

Linda DoLinda Do
Nasita Islam


Nasita Islam




The 2017-2018 students below contributed to the discovery and annotation of Bacillus phages OmnioDeoPrimus, Kamfam and Kioshi (a UMBC phage) posted to Genbank in September 2018, and ALPS posted to Genbank in July 2019.

OmnioDeoPrimusKamfamKioshiALPS
Andreus JordanOluchi ChigbuYogi DameraLinda Do
Kimberly ArambulaJordan DavisHunter FreemanAhmed Ismail
Irene BijuImran AlamColin HeadenPerry Taner
Ryan ButlerMatthais BrooksEvan KoradeKimberly Arambula
Hobby ChaggarRamtin DeljoueiZoha MalikIrene Biju
Yogi DameraAhmed IsmailAysha MughalYojitha Damera
Linda DoHannah KwonY NainaniSerena Feghali
Dina EstaleenZoha MalikPerray SaravananeJordan Frantz
Serena FeghaliM MawyerNikita SawantHunter Freeman
Jordan FrantzKahle MercerOwais ShahzadaAva Fuller
Hunter FreemanAysha MughalBreanne WebbKrishna Karamsetty
Colin HeadenBenjamin NachmanAnisha ZamanZoha Malik
Preksha JerajaniYashna NainaniNasita IslamMario Melchor-Guerra
Evan KoradePerray Saravanane
Benjamin Nachman
Hannah KwonNikita Sawant
Breanne Webb
Mario Melchor-GuerraOwais Shahzada
Erik Wolfsohn
Nathaniel NotebaertPerry Tanner
Nasita Islam
Nupur PandyaMercedes Tarte

Breanne WebbSahana Tharakan

Nasita IslamNana Twumasi-Ankrah


Erik Wolfsohn


Anisha Zaman


Nasita Islam


The 2016-2017 students below contributed to the discovery and annotation of Bacillus Phages Janet, OTooleKemple52, AaronPhadgers, Bubs, PPIsBest and Zainny, posted to Genbank in August 2017. Genome Announcement for Janet and OToole Kemple is here.

2016-2017:

Shradda AdhikariAlexander Leath
Leila AlickovicSrikethan Mahavadi
Ahmed AlqaffasJacob Mcgill
Ayshah AsmatRashmi Naidu
Tyler BurtonSarah Otih
Emaan ChaudrySamuel Portillo
Oluchi ChigbuDanarubini Ramanan
Alexa CrowAkhil Ramaswamy
Rebecca CulpepperThomas Raymond
Nashwan FarooqueJesse Raynor
Rebecca GarlingJeetika Sainani
Zainab GbadamosiDarius Saunders
Colin HawkesRia Shah
Dalton HueySarah Sheridan
Aisha IkramCove Soyars
Alexander JensenJustin Stuit
Brian JonesSohail Syed
Krishna KaramsettyIsabella Testoni
Brenna KentZachary Varilla
Fady KhellaShravani Wadwekar
Amrita KondetiMailat Yonas
Amulya Kotha

TAs: Ruairidh Barlow, Erin Cochran, Mitchell Vu

Rahul Warrier discovered AaronPhadgers in 2015 and is included as discoverer and co-author on Genome Announcement.

The 2015-2016 students below contributed to the discovery and annotation of Bacillus Phages DirtyBetty and Kida posted to Genbank in July 2016. Genome Announcement is here!

2015-2016:

Sarah Adkins
Adithya Balu
Ruairidh Barlow
Victoria Buchan
Erin Cochran
Kelly Flounlacker
Emily Gardner
Syed Hasan
Brittany Hazard
Amay Iyer
Steven Jermstad
Robert Kalish
Ayub Khan
Rachel Miller
Rishabh Patel
Micah Powell
Nikhita Puthuveetil
Danny Rayes
Jennifer Snyder
Gabrielle Strandquist
Keerthana Vishwanath
Mitchell Vu
Rahul Warrier
Bethany Yachuw
Jane Yang

TAs: Parantap Patel, Molly Gill, Tom Mathews, Kaivalya Dandamudi

Helped submit genome annotations to Genbank and write GA: Diana Marquez, Rachel Miller and Kelly Flounlacker

Bacillus phage Claudi posted in Genbank in July 2016.

Demetrius Carter discovered the phage, and Demetrius and Erin Cochran helped with genome annotation and genbank submission!


The 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 VCU Phage Lab students below contributed to the discovery and annotation of 9 novel Bacillus phages: DIGNKC, Juglone, Nemo, Nigalana, NotTheCreek, Phrodo, SageFayge, Vinny, and Zuko, posted in Genbank in April 2016 and to a Genome Announcement published here and in PDF format here.

2014-2015

Alina Afzal
Nasser Alali
Hamad Alawadhi
Robert Allison
Rahaf AlQahtani
Demetrius Carter
Erin Cochran
Kaivalya Dandamudi
Jordan Davis
Trung Duong
Shelby Edling
Samantha Foltz
Sailasya Gundlapudi
Livia Horton
Damien Islek
Deeksha Jain
Monica Jeyasankar
Michael Livingston
Amanda Luong
Tom Mathew
Rachel Miller
Herleen Mokha
Natalia Olszewski
Bharath Peddibhotla
Aarthi Prakash
Lucas Rizkalla
Christopher Rowe
Neha Sehgal
Yash Singh
Morgan Van Driest
Emma Weber
Erik Wolfsohn


TAs: Michael Kiflezghi, Parantap Patel, Mariam Sankoh, Malika Gill, Kristen Wade

Helped submit genome annotations to Genbank and write GA: Samantha Foltz

2013-2014

Josh Fung
Parantap Patel
Farrah Hermes
Megan Mair
Natasha Smith
Wassal Alhammad
Malika Gill
Irene Orora
Luis Reyes
Kaylee Newcomb
Akhil Garg
Nav Saini
Sage Beatriz
Haylee Mitchell
Mayowa Folorunso
Ali Alsubaie
Kireet Kundavaram
Skyler Dache
Ayad Alawki
Mohammad Alkhulaifi
Micaiah Cheeks
Justin Clary
Neel Gohil
Jacob Jaminet
Ellen Korcovelos
Liam Lewis
Rachel Siefring
Ali Zamani
Shivani Kanungo
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