Dr. Stephen Lindemann
Steve Lindemann is the microbiome wrangler and genome guru of the lab. His overarching goals aim to determine how diet influences the gut microbiome and overall host health. He aims to identify whether host health can be treated with dietary solutions. Specifically, molecular ecology techniques, dietary fiber structure determination, and bioinformatic analyses are used to understand the composition and stability of the gut microbiome with various dietary influences.
Dr. Tianming Yao
Dr. Rwivoo Baruah
Miguel Alvarez Gonzales
Miguel A. Alvarez Gonzales is a graduate student in the Lindemann lab, joining the team in 2020. Prior to starting his PhD, Miguel obtained his BS degree in Food Science and Technology from Zamorano University, Honduras, trained for a year in molecular biology techniques and bioinformatics, and completed his MSc in Food Science with an emphasis on carbohydrate chemistry. Now, in the Lindemann lab, he uses the structure and function of carbohydrates, fecal fermentations, and bioinformatics to characterize wheat bran interactions with the gut microbiome.
Mai Nguyen is a graduate student in the Lindemann Lab working towards her MS in Food Science. Mai received her BS in Microbiology and Food Safety in May 2020 from the University of Arizona. Before coming to Purdue, she worked on various projects, including antibiotic prevalence in alternative water sources, efficacy of eco-friendly cleaners in reducing foodborne pathogens on household surfaces, and isolating Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts from influent and effluent water. In the Lindemann Lab, she is researching the effects of simple and complex resistant dextrins on consortial evolution of the gut microbiome.
Anurag joined the Lindemann lab as a PhD student in 2021. Before joining the lab, he received his master’s in Microbiology from India. In the Lindemann lab, Anurag spends his time working on the development of probes to identify which enzymes within specific organisms are responsible for uptake and metabolism of various types of inulin.
Adam Quinn is a PhD student joined the Lindemann Lab in 2020 after finishing his BS and MS degrees in Food Science at Brigham Young University. His research focuses on investigating differences in wheat varieties and their impact on human gut microbiomes. Supported by the USDA and ARGE diversity fellowships, Adam uses analytical carbohydrate chemistry, in vitro fermentation, and 16S rRNA sequencing to identify drivers of microbial populations.
Kierra Brock - BS (2022-2023)
Kierra was an undergraduate research assistant and is anticipating a BS at Purdue University.
McKEnna Stahl - BS (2022-2023)
McKenna was an undergraduate research assistant and received her BS in Health and Kinesiology in 2023. She is pursing a graduate degree from Rush University in Chicago.
Wenxin (Jenny) Yin - BS (2022-2023)
Jenny was an undergraduate research assistant and received her BS in Food Science in 2023. She is pursuing a graduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Miranda Carter - BS (2020-2022)
Miranda graduated with a BS in Microbiology and Anthropology and is pursing a PhD at the University of Florida.
Isabell Mahin (2021-2022)
Pursuing a Food Science Bachelor's at Purdue University.
Sophie Pecher - Bs (2021-2022)
Sophie recieved her BS in Biological and Cellular Engineering at Purdue University in 2022. She is now a Fermentations Operations Engineer at Gingko Bioworks, Inc.
Ishani Roychowdhury (2022)
Ishani received a BS in Food Science in 2023.
Connor Emsley - BS (2020-2021)
Connor majored in Pharmaceutical Science and graduated in 2022.
Laura libera - BS (2018-2021)
Laura graduate with her Bachelor's in Biological Engineering, minoring in Fermenation Science.
Renee Oles - BS (2020-2021)
Renee received a BS in Biology and is currently pursing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at UC San Diego
Tess Snyder - BS (2021)
Tess received her BS in Biochemistry in 2022 and is now pursing a Master's Degree at Oregon State University.
Vikas SRinivasa - BS (2020-2021)
Vika was an undergraduate research assistant and received his BS in Neurobiology and Physiology in 2022.
Andrea Whittekind - BS (2020-2021)
Andrea received her BS in Health & Disease in 2022.
Tianming Yao - Phd (2017-2021)
Tianming graduated with his Master’s and PhD in Food Science in 2017 and 2021, respectively. He is now working as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Lindemann Lab.
Arianna Romero - MS (2018-2020)
Arianna graduated with her Master’s degree in Food Science in 2021. She is now working at Kellogg’s.
Riya Thakkarr - MS (2017-2019)
Riya graduated with her Master’s degree in Food Science in 2020. She is now working at January.ai.