Assistant Professor of Biology
Matt grew up in Maryland and Japan before heading to New York to pursue his undergraduate degree in molecular biology at Colgate University. He completed his Ph.D. in the labs of Or Gozani and Katrin Chua at Stanford University studying the biochemistry and cellular functions of mammalian protein deacetylases. After developing an interest in evolutionary biology, Matt went on to investigate host-microbe genetic conflicts in Nels Elde’s lab at the University of Utah. He joined the University of Oregon as an assistant professor in September 2016. Outside of lab Matt enjoys spending time with his family and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
Research Associate & Lab Manager
Kristin grew up in the small town of Jackson in Northern California and obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of the Pacific. During her time at Pacific she worked in the laboratory of Craig Vierra where she identified silk genes of the Black Widow spider. She completed her Ph.D. in the lab of David Schatz at Yale University studying the targeting of Somatic Hypermutation in activated B cells. In the Barber lab Kristin applies her knowledge of immunology to study several projects at the interface of evolution and bacterial-host interactions. Outside of work Kristin enjoys hiking with her dog, trail running and baking.
Mary Darby Jackson
Mary Darby, a native of Mississippi, grew up in Oxford, MS and attended Mississippi State University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, she joined the lab of Brian Akerley at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Mary Darby studied immune evasion mechanisms and sialic acid-mediated resistance in nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae and was awarded her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in May 2020. As a new member of the Barber lab, Mary Darby is excited to extend her knowledge in bacteriology to study how host-microbe interactions shape immunity and bacterial adaptation. In her free time, she enjoys running and exploring the area with her husband and dog.
NIH T32 training grant recipient
Omoshola (Shola) grew up in Fresno, California and obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology at California State University Fresno in 2017. She is a current Biology Ph.D. student in the Institute of Ecology and Evolution and is excited to integrate her knowledge of microbiology in studying the evolution of host-microbe associations.
NIH T32 training grant recipient
Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Nicole did her undergraduate research in the lab of Kenneth Stedman on a NASA-funded project on acidophilic thermo-stable archaeal proteins. Subsequently she worked in the lab of Curt Machida at OHSU testing the bactericidal properties of bioactive resins on S. mutans biofilms, and then in the lab of Jason Taylor at the Portland VA studying immunological defects in a mouse model of Fanconi anemia. She also has a Master’s degree from work done on spindle orientation in the lab of Ken Prehoda at UO. Nicole is excited to combine her research on the immune system with her early experience in evolutionary ecology to study how immune receptors evolve new functions in primates. She loves animals and almost became a veterinarian, in her spare time she serves the public on the City Council Toxics Advisory Board and hikes mountains with her dog.
Ryan grew up in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, and his family is originally from Lebanon. He is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Theatre Arts. During his undergraduate degree, he worked in Annie Zemper’s laboratory where he studied the roles of proteins in the colonic epithelium of mice. Ryan is incredibly excited to learn about the evolutionary processes shaping host-microbe interactions. Ryan enjoys drawing, going on hikes, and cooking.
Dimitra grew up in Westchester, NY before moving to Portland, OR at the age of 14. Growing up, she was always interested in science, but discovered her passion for infectious diseases and global health in high school. She is now a student at the University of Oregon working towards a B.S. in biology as well as minors in global health and dance. Dimitra is excited to learn and explore as she continues through college and beyond. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, dancing and singing along to her favorite songs.
Jasmine is originally from Eugene and grew up in Oregon for most of her life. She recently graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.S in Biology and plans to continue her professional career in science. While at UO, she became fascinated by infectious disease at the molecular level. Most of her previous research was done in Wuerzburg, Germany, where she discovered her deep interest in research. In her free time, she enjoys doing outdoor activities, yoga, spending time with her dogs, and traveling any chance she gets.
Hanna Buechi, Research Assistant (2016-2017)
Currently: Upcycled Food Association
Maddy Griffin, Undergraduate Student (2017-2018)
Currently: graduate student, Bastyr University
Jacob Laser, Research Assistant (2017-2018)
Currently: medical student, University of New England
Eden Brush, Undergraduate Student (2017-2019)
Currently: Salt Lake City, Utah