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Salvail Lab. April 2024.
 

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Hubert Salvail, Ph.D.
 

B.S., Université de Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Ph.D, Université de Sherbrooke, QC, Canada

Postdoc, Yale University, CT

Assistant Professor
 

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Payton Bowman, B.Sc.
Ph.D. student
 

B.S., University of Central Florida, FL

Hubert is originally from the French-speaking province of Québec in Canada where he received his undergraduate degree in Microbiology from the Université de Sherbrooke. He did his Ph.D. in the Department of Biochemistry at the Université de Sherbrooke in the lab of Eric Massé, elucidating the post-transcriptional regulation of iron homeostasis by the small regulatory RNA RyhB. As a postdoc at Yale University, he first worked in the lab of Eduardo Groisman where he investigated how signal transduction pathways regulating Salmonella virulence and stress response interact with each other and how their activity is modulated by small proteins, and then in the group of Ronald Breaker where he validated novel riboswitch classes. When not in the lab or in office, writing grants, he enjoys traveling, listening to new records, going to concerts, and discovering new restaurants and breweries.   

Payton was born in Oregon but raised in Apopka, Florida where her interest in research was sparked by her high school’s medical magnet. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Central Florida. She is continuing her higher education in their Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program where she now spends her time investigating RNA-based regulation of Salmonella stress response. When not in class or the lab, Payton enjoys crafting, playing board games with her friends and family, and trying new places around Orlando.   

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Alex Mabel, B.Sc.
Ph.D. student
 

B.S., University of Central Florida, FL

Alex is originally from Northern Illinois, where he received his Associate’s of Science degree from Rock Valley College and began his research journey and love for science. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, he moved to Orlando to pursue his Bachelor’s in Molecular Microbiology with a Spanish minor and certificate in Spanish Translation and Interpretation. After completing his Ph.D., Alex is open to wherever the world may take him, with interest in both academia and industry. When not in the lab, he enjoys spending his time with family, going to Disney, and learning new skills.

Michelle Prophete, B.Sc.

Postgraduate researcher
 

B.S., University of Central Florida, FL

Michelle was raised in and around Orlando, Florida where she received her high school education. Through coursework and influential mentorship, she developed an interest in biomedical sciences and biochemistry. She graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Biomedical sciences and is currently expanding her experience in science instruction and biomedical research. When not in the lab, Michelle enjoys exploring the world through photography, writing and learning new skills.

Mira Schmidt

Undergraduate researcher
 

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Nathalie Mignolet

Undergraduate researcher
 

Mira was born and mostly raised in Pittsburgh PA and moved to Jacksonville FL before high school where she graduated from Ponte Vedra High School’s Biotechnology and Medical Research Academy. She is now an undergraduate student studying Biotechnology with minors in Bioinformatics and Genomics and Spanish at the University of Central Florida. When not at the lab or going to class, Mira can be found at the gym, hanging out with friends and family, traveling to different places, and cooking. 

Nathalie was born and raised in Vero Beach Florida where she graduated from Vero Beach High School. She is currently an undergraduate student studying Biomedical Sciences at the University of Central Florida and hopes to attend medical school in the future. When not in the lab or class, Nathalie enjoys playing club tennis, volunteering, and traveling.

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