Lab Members

Version 2Adam Lauring, MD, PhD (Principal Investigator) – Adam received a PhD in molecular biology in 2000, followed by a MD in 2002, both from the University of Washington. He did his graduate work on FeLV with Julie Overbaugh at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Adam completed a medical residency and infectious diseases fellowship at UCSF. Adam’s postdoctoral research in Raul Andino’s laboratory focused on the evolutionary dynamics of poliovirus. He joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School in August 2012. Outside of the lab, Adam, likes to spend time with his wife and three kids, Noah (10), Celia (8), and Sylvie (4).



Will Fitzsimmons, MS (Technician, Lab Manager) – Will completed a Masters in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Eastern Michigan University, where he worked on genomic instability in Anne Casper’s lab. He joined the Lauring Lab in 2013. Will is the “go to” guy for all things polio in the lab, but he helps out with pretty much everything. He’s currently developing new assays for influenza serology. When Will is not in lab he enjoys sporting events and scuba diving.




Danny 2017Danny Lyons (Graduate Student) – Danny Lyons is an MSTP student and PhD candidate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He received his Bachelors from UM, where he studied biology and anthropology. He then spent a year at the NIH studying T-cell biology. Danny’s project is to study mutational fitness effects and epistasis in influenza virus. Outside of lab, Danny Lyons like to play soccer, read, and play the drums.

labpic.jpgAndrew Valesano (Graduate Student) –
Andrew is an MSTP student and PhD candidate in the Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He received a B.S. in Biology from Hope College and subsequently spent a year as a research technician in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. Andrew’s project investigates the evolution of vaccine-derived polioviruses. Outside of lab, you can find Andrew trying out new baking recipes, playing piano, and watching the Green Bay Packers.




yuan-photo.jpgYuan Li (Graduate Student) – Yuan is a PhD pre-candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. She received her B.S. in Engineering from China, where she mainly studied robotics and remote sensing. She then completed a Masters at the University of Illinois, working on archaeal cell wall structure in Rachel Whittaker’s lab. Yuan’s thesis project is to study how single amino acid substitutions influence the replication fidelity of viral polymerases. Outside of the lab, Yuan enjoys video games and water sports.




Emma James (Undergraduate Researcher) – Emma is an undergraduate student studying molecular, cellular, and developmental biology. Emma’s project focuses on creating recombinant viruses to investigate influenza evolution and epidemiology. Outside of lab, she enjoys spending time at Ann Arbor coffee shops, hammocking (is that a real word?) outside, and watching Michigan sports.



Lab Alumni

JT McCrone, Graduate Student (2014-2018). JT is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Andrew Rambaut’s lab at the University of Edinburgh.

Kari Debbink, Postdoc (2014-2016). Kari is currently an Assistant Professor at Bowie State University. Her lab website.

Daniel Jorge, Postdoc (2014-2016). Daniel is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Eurico de Aruda Neto’s lab at the Centro de Peesquisa em Virologia in Brazil.

Matt Pauly, Graduate Student (2012-2016). Matt spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow in Rachel Whitaker’s lab at the University of Illinois. He is currently an ORISE fellow in the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the CDC.

Elisa Visher, Technician (2014-2016). Elisa is currently a NSF Graduate Fellow in Mike Boots’ lab in Integrative Biology at UC-Berkeley.

Shawn Whitefield, MPH Student (2012-2014). Shawn (now Hawken) is currently a PIBS Microbiology PhD student in Evan Snitkin’s lab at the University of Michigan.

Mariessa Stademann, Visiting Graduate Student (2013-2014). Mariessa is currently a PhD student at the University of Lubeck in Germany.

Emily Mantlo, Undergraduate Researcher (2015-2016). Emma is now a graduate student at UT-Galveston.

Anna Berezovsky, Undergraduate Researcher (2014-2016). Anna is currently a medical student at UM.

Jaleesa Garner, Undergraduate Researcher (2017-2018). Jaleesa is currently a UM undergraduate.

Candelaria de la Rosa Giles, Undergraduate Researcher (2018-2019). Candelaria is currently a UM undergraduate.

Eric Hwu, Undergraduate Researcher (2012-2014). Eric is a an Administrative Fellow in Health Care at Kaiser Permanente in California.

Dustin Long, Medical Student (2010-2012). Dustin is currently a Critical Care Fellow at the University of Washington. His research interests include wound infections in the ICU.