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People of the Bazurto Lab

Jannell Bazurto, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Plant and Microbial Biology
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Ph.D. Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
B.S. Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Florida Atlantic University

I am a bacterial physiologist with a rich background in using mutant analysis to understand cellular metabolism in model bacteria. I performed my thesis work at the University of Wisconsin with Diana Downs, where I studied metabolic integration of thiamine biosynthesis in Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli. During my postdoctoral work, with Christopher Marx at the University of Idaho, I integrated omics approaches into my work to characterize experimentally evolved mutants to understand the formaldehyde stress response in Methylobacterium extorquens.

Research Staff

  Jan Kucinski, Postdoctoral researcher







Jaye McEvoy, Research technician






Chandler Hellenbrand, Research technician





Undergraduate Students


Madison Shackelford, undergraduate researcher







Tyler Miller, undergraduate researcher







Morgan Swanson



Morgan Swanson, undergraduate researcher






  Sarah Khaskel, undergraduate researcher


Lab Alumni

Research Staff

Chin Yi Loh

Undergraduate Students

Alexa Peterson

Abigail Jackson

Jennifer Lorenzana

Rotation Students

Leslie Day (PMB)

Joseph Bravo (MicE)

High School Mentee

Jalen Nelson