Reston Microbiology Laboratory (RML): Who We Are

The Reston Microbiology Laboratory (RML) is a research and fee-for-service laboratory in the USGS Water Mission Area. The lab conducts research in the fields of microbial ecology, geomicrobiology, biogeochemistry, and the hydrologic sciences.

 

 

 

Denise Akob profile photo for RML About page

Denise Akob profile photo for RML About page

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Dr. Denise M. Akob

Research Microbiologist

Contact:

Email: dakob@usgs.gov

Phone: 703-648-5819

USGS Staff Profile

Education:

Ph.D. in Biogeochemical Oceanography, 2008

Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida

Advisor: Dr. Joel E. Kostka

B.A. in Biology, 2002

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

ORCID: 0000-0003-1534-3025

Google Scholar Profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesha Shrestha profile photo for RML About page

Yesha Shrestha profile photo for RML About page

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Yesha Shrestha

Microbiologist, Lab Manager

Contact:

Email: yshrestha@usgs.gov

Phone: 703-648-5487

Education:

M.S. in Molecular Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, 2014

George Washington University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Research Advisor: Dr. Harasewych

B.S. in Biology, 2011

Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Mumford profile photo for RML about page

Adam Mumford profile photo for RML about page

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Adam Mumford

Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow

(Co-advised by Dr. Isabelle Cozzarelli, Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Lab)

Contact:

Email: amumford@usgs.gov

Phone: 703-648-5893

USGS Staff Profile

Education:

Ph.D. in Environmental Science, 2013

Rutgers University, Department of Environmental Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ

Major Professor: Dr. Lily Young

 

                                                                                            B.S. in Microbiology, 2004

                                                                                            University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

 

 

 

 

Robert Andrews profile photo for RML About page

Robert Andrews profile photo for RML About page

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Robert Andrews

Microbiologist

Contact:

Email: randrews@usgs.gov

Phone: 703-648-5898

Education:

M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy (Environmental Biocomplexity), 2011

George Mason University, Dept. of Environmental Science & Policy Advisor: Dr. Albert Torzilli

B.S. in Environmental Science (Plant Resources), 2004

Virginia Tech, Dept. of Crop & Soil Environmental Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Springfield profile photo for RML about page

Amy Springfield profile photo for RML about page

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Amy Springfield

Volunteer for Science Intern

Contact:

Email: aspringfield@usgs.gov

Phone: 703-648-6850

Education:

Pursuing a degree in Biology at the University of Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marisa Mihori profile photo for RML about page

Marisa Mihori profile photo for RML about page

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Marisa Mihori

Volunteer for Science Intern

Education:

Junior at Langley High School

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlie Quinn

RML Charlie photo

(Public domain.)

Volunteer for Science Intern

Education:

Student at Gettysburg College

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Group Members

 

Kaylene Charles

Lab Technician July 2012-September 2013

 

Darren Dunlap

Lab Manager August 2012-September 2015

Education: M.S. in Marine Science, 2012 University of South Florida; B.S. in Microbiology, 2008 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Current Position: Microbiologist at Boeing Research & Technologies, The Boeing Company

 

Christian Go

Volunteer for Science Intern, May-August 2013

 

Jean Michael Chanchu

Volunteer for Science Intern 2013; Student Contractor 2014

 

Bryan Saldana

Volunteer for Science Intern, 2014

Education: Postbacc, 2015 Virginia Commonwealth University; B.S. in Biology, 2013 George Mason University

Current Education: Indiana University Medical School Class of 2022

 

Benedita Pinto

Volunteer for Science Intern, 2014

 

Eric Tang

Flint Hill High School Intern, 2014

 

Melissa Harrington

NAGT Intern 2014

 

J. Grace Klinges

Volunteer for Science Intern, 2014; Student Contractor, 2014-2015; Haverford senior thesis, 2014-2015; Hydrology Field Assistant Intern, 2015

Education: B.S. in Geology, 2015 Haverford College

Current position: Graduate Student at Oregon State University with Dr. Rebecca Vega Thurber

 

Andrea Fraser

Volunteer for Science Intern, 2014; Student Contractor, 2014-2015

Education: B.S. in Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering, 2014 George Mason University

Current position: PhD Student at Johns Hopkins University, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, website

 

Yoona Jun

Volunteer for Science Intern 2014; Student Contractor, 2015

 

Matthew Olson

NAGT Intern, 2015

Current position: Graduate Student at University of Utah with Dr. Summer Rupper

 

Hannah Backman

Biological Field Assistant Intern, 2015-2016

Education: B.S. in Environmental Science, 2016 University of Virginia

Current position: GIS Technician with the city of Saratoga's Community Development and Public Works Departments

 

Charlie Quinn

Volunteer for Science Intern 2016

 

John Swiecichowski

NAGT Intern 2016

Education: B.S. in Earth Sciences, 2016 University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Current position: Hydrologic Technician, USGS Oregon Water Science Center

 

Tadd Alexander

Biological Field Assistant Intern, 2016-2017

Education: B.S. in Environmental Science and a Minor in Green Engineering, 2017 Virginia Tech

 

Aubrey Dunshee

NAGT Intern, 2017

Education: B.A. in Earth Sciences, 2016 University of Minnesota

Current position: Graduate Student in Earth Sciences at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Dr. Crystal Ng, website

 

AJ Doane

Biological Field Assistant Intern, 2017

Education: Junior at George Mason University, pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in microbiology