Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Talia first became interested in genetics as an undergraduate at Stanford University working on the rapid evolution of insecticide resistance in Drosophila populations in the laboratory of Dmitri Petrov. As a graduate student at the University of Chicago with Joy Bergelson, she transitioned to working on the genetics of host-microbe interactions, work that she continued as a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology working with Detlef Weigel. She started as an Assistant Professor at the University of Utah in Fall 2020.
In her free time she loves running, hiking, climbing and reading.
Effie grew up in a town situated at the foot of Mount Olympus in Greece. She started her studies in Thessaloniki in the Biology department of the Aristotle University and received a Master's degree from the University of Glasgow. She did her PhD in the lab of Detlef Weigel in Tuebingen working on salicylic acid production in natural accessions of A. thaliana and a postdoc in the lab of Marja Timmermans in Tuebingen on understanding cell differentiation at a single cell level.
In her free time Effie likes reading, watching movies/shows and spending time outdoors.
Aubrey Hawks earned her BS in Biology at the University of Utah. As an undergraduate she worked in Nitin Phadnis’s lab using Hi-C sequencing to measure reduced homologous chromosome pairing in Drosophila interspecies hybrids. More recently, she worked in Richard Clark’s lab studying plant resistance to mites.
Outside the lab, she enjoys cooking, weightlifting, reading and spending time outdoors. Prior to studying Biology, Aubrey received an MA in Art History. She occasionally reads, writes or teaches about art.
Ella is an undergraduate at the University of Utah pursuing a HBS in Biochemistry and a BS in Mathematics. She was born and raised in Lehi, Utah, where she graduated from Skyridge High School. She is very excited to do research during her undergraduate years, and after graduating, she plans to go to graduate school to earn a PhD. When not in the lab, Ella loves to read fantasy, play video games, try new foods, and travel.
Allie was born and raised in Chanhassen, Minnesota and moved to Salt Lake in 2021 to attend the University of Utah, studying Plant Biology and Spanish. Her passion for research, ecology, and culture stem from a field project in Costa Rica directed by Dr. Adrian Pinto in the Seeds of Change Program, exploring the deterrence of Atta cephalotes ants on local farms. At the University of Utah, she studied pollen metagenomics under Josh Stephen in the Science Research Initiative before joining the Karasov lab in 2023.
In her free time, Allie likes to explore new places, drink coffee, and water her plants.
Born in Chicago, raised in Chicago and Germany he is excited to help keep the lab running in Salt Lake City.