The Baltrus Lab
David A Baltrus
David (he/him) got his PhD from the University of Oregon, and then did a postdoc at the University of North Carolina. His hobbies include raising two kids and owning farm animals.
Research Technician - Lab Manager
Meara (she/her) graduated with an undergraduate degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona. For 3 years she has worked as a laboratory manager in the Baltrus Lab. Her favorite project involves trying to discover the purpose of a megaplasmid(Pla107) that originated from Pseudomonas syringae.
Hiking, camping, tacos, and board games
Morgan (she/her) got her Ph.D. in plant pathology from Cornell University while working on everything from plant immunity to bacteria that live inside of fungi. She is now at the Baltrus lab to improve her bacterial genomics skills and contribute to projects on endofungal bacteria and effector biology. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike with her pup, and play board and video games.
Aaron (he/him) is researching the effect of seed association with Arizona streptomyces isolates in order to quantify their effects on germination and early root development. Uncovering elements of the genetics behind symbiotic association of plants and bacteria will inform further research on how bacteria interact with plants to establish beneficial and harmful relationships. Aaron is originally from Tacoma Washington. He came to Tucson by way of Boise Idaho where he did potato research. Before potatoes Aaron got his undergraduate degree in biotechnology from Washington State University in Pullman, where he primarily did research into the effect of different types of light on early plant development. He lives in Tucson with his cat Jiji, and his son Lucca.
Cooking (eating), yoga, music, and games.
Savannah (she/her) received her B.S. in biology from Campbell University in 2017, her M.S. in microbial biotechnology from The University of Arizona in 2019, and is now working towards her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the Baltrus lab. When Savannah is outside of the lab, she enjoys CrossFit, hiking with her dog Luna, trying new ethnic foods, and reading.
B.S. in Biochemistry