Farah Shamma, B.S., M.S. - PhD candidate
Farah earned her undergraduate and Master's degrees in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. She then joined the faculty at Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh as a lecturer. During her time in the Boutte Lab, she is working on post-translational regulation of cell wall enzymes and regulators.
Augusto Cesar Hunt Serracin, B.S. - Research Assistant
Cesar was born and spent his childhood in Costa Rica. He then went to high school in California and moved to Texas to get his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from University of North Texas. He worked as a lab technician at Benton Regional Hospital during college. Upon graduating, he started in the Boutte Lab as a research assistant. He is working with Mycobacterium abscessus, studying biofilms, antibiotic tolerance and the stringent response. He is starting his PhD at UTA in Fall 2019. He plans to ultimately work in public health.
Neda Habibi Arejan, M.D. - PhD student
Neda earned an MD from Qazvin University of Medical Sciences in Iran. She is now pursuing a PhD because she is interested in solving fundamental problems related to infectious diseases. She works on the genetics and biochemistry of proteins that regulate mycobacterial cell wall synthesis. Outside of lab, she reads books and cooks delicious Persian pastries.
Angela Freeman, B.S. - PhD student
Angela grew up in Florida and went to college at Midwestern State University, where she got a B.S. in Biology in 2018. She is currently working on SepIVA, a cell division factor, and studying how it is regulated by arginine methylation. Outside of lab, she enjoys true crime podcasts and trying tone a normal person.
Susana Pimentel - undergraduate
Susana is a Senior, working on a double Major in Microbiology and Biology. She is working to understand the connection between division and elongation proteins in mycobacteria. After graduating, she plans to go to graduate school and study epidemiology.
Heather Lake - undergraduate
Heather is a Junior, working on a double Major in Microbiology and Biology. She is also part of the UTeach program, where she plans to get a certificate to teach science in High School. She is studying cell division proteins in mycobacteria. She does science outreach in local elementary schools in her spare time; conducting science experiments with 4th and 5th graders.
Cara Boutte, PhD.
Cara grew up in the Adirondack mountains in upstate NY. She got her PhD at the University of Chicago, where she studied stress signaling in Caulobacter crescentus with Sean Crosson. She then did a postdoctoral fellowship with Eric Rubin at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, where she started her research on cell wall regulation in mycobacteria. Outside of lab, she likes to read historical fiction (esp. Regency romances) and fantasy novels, to go on long bike rides and, when they're available, to hike up mountains.