Lab Members


Angela Crabtree

Lab manager

​"As a chemist turned microbiologist, my interdisciplinary saga has been paved with a spectrum of diverse laboratory experiences. I have worked in research chemistry labs  synthesizing organometallic compounds and assembling optical components for laser experiments, microbiology research exploring plasmid biology and evolution, analytical environmental chemistry, veterinary molecular diagnostics, and have ultimately returned to my alma mater."

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Mark Lee

Lab technician

​"Research technician with a shared passion for molecular biology and rock climbing. My laboratory experience began in 2017 while working with a neurobiologist studying specific genetic mutations affecting the structure and function of the brain where I became familiar with immunofluorescence microscopy and the yeast two-hybrid system. I am currently focused on studying and characterizing the antifungal capabilities of killer toxins and related proteins."


Lance Fredericks

Lab Technician

​"After graduating from U of I in the spring of 2020, I began full-time work as a research technician in the Rowley lab. I have been involved with the lab since the spring of 2017 and have worked on several projects focusing on killer yeast toxin characterization and therapeutic potential. Since the beginning of 2020, I have been involved in SARS-CoV2 binding and entry projects as well."


Mason Shipley

Lab Technician

​"I've enjoyed learning about the ways that chemicals would affect the body every since I read my father's nursing textbooks as a kid. I decided that the best way to continue that learning was through studying biochemistry"


Suki Li

Graduate student

​"I have always been fascinated by how changes in amino acid sequences alter the overall shape and function of proteins, and their abilities to interact with their binding partners. My project is part of an NSF-funded interdisciplinary grant studying how genotypic changes affect phenotypic protein-protein interactions. My work specifically focuses on how lentiviral capsids interact with host nuclear pore proteins to promote viral nuclear entry."

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Nathan Taggart

Graduate student

​"I’m a second-year PhD student in the Microbiology, Molecular Biology, & Biochemistry program. I study host-virus interactions in Saccharomyces yeast. Specifically, I study how double-stranded RNA viruses protect their genomes from degradation by the host. I also collect Rubik’s cubes and cool rocks."

Marinda Stanton

Graduate student

"I graduated from Willamette University in the spring of 2020 and came to UI as a master’s student. I work on the KP4-Like project in the model system Saccharomyces cerevisiae."

Josie Boyer

Undergraduate research student

​"Starting my undergraduate degree at the University of Idaho I chose biology because I thought it was interesting and wanted to go into medicine. I didn't ever think I could become a scientist. It wasn't until joining the Rowley lab that I realized science was this great exploration and not the canned labs we learn in high school. I have loved my experience in the lab and the opportunities that I have gotten through my research experience."


Hannah Eckert

Undergraduate research student

"Being able to immerse myself in undergraduate research has increased my knowledge of the microbial world, and allowed me to expand my laboratory techniques. My work focuses on understanding the adhesive properties of Candida glabrata, as part of a larger research study. I will be able to use this experience throughout the remainder of my professional development."


Jeremy Ellis

Undergraduate research student

"I started working as an undergraduate researcher in 2019, since then I have been involved in projects investigating the virulence of Candida yeast mutants as well as helping with comparative analyses of potential SARS-CoV2 receptors in animals. Working in the lab has helped me learn several techniques relevant to my field of study, microbiology, as well as allowing me to become acquainted with the scientific process as a whole."


Jeffrey Badigian

Undergraduate research student

"Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve always enjoyed logic puzzles. Biochemistry has always appealed to me because it’s not just a logic puzzle, but the greatest mystery of how I function at the most intimate level. As I enter my first year of research, I am truly discovering just how much there is to explore."

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Danielle Yama

Undergraduate research student

"I’ve always had a passion for learning and trying to solve the unknown, leading to my discovery in the field of microbiology. I find it fascinating that which we cannot see can so greatly affect our lives. It appeared to be the perfect fit for me, and what better way to study the microbial world than scientific research?"


Victor Zhong

Undergraduate research student

"I am a second-year undergraduate student in the Molecular Biology, & Biochemistry program. Being able to participate in undergraduate research allowed me to gain more lab experiences and insight to my field of study."

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Jordan Richter

Undergraduate research student