Adam grew up in a Kibbutz in southern Israel. His PhD studies, in Jay Gralla’s lab (UCLA), explored the mechanisms by which bacteria adapt to stresses in the mammalian digestive tract. After graduating, motivated to understand microbial cell-cell interactions in complex settings, he studied the mutually beneficial symbiosis between termites and their hindgut bacteria, and the inner-workings of microbial communities in Jared Leadbetter’s and Michael Elowitz's labs in Caltech. He has since been applying these tools and approaches to industrial settings, first as a group leader at Calico (Google's startup focused on aging) and later as a Team Leader at DuPont. Currently Adam studies the organization of bacteria in infection - as an Assistant Professor at UNC. Outside of the lab he enjoys traveling, and spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Will grew up in North Carolina and received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill. Over the last 10+ years, he’s spent time working at UNC in labs interested in researching Hepatitis virus, burn injury, and SARS-CoV-2. Will joined the Rosenthal Lab in 2022 as Lab Manager.
Alex was born and raised in Miami, Oklahoma, and earned his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Oklahoma in 2022. After entering UNC through the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP), he joined the Rosenthal Lab to study the emergent effects of bacterial heterogeneity in human disease models, as well as in microbial communities. Outside of lab, Alex loves Star Wars, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.