Griffitts:Lab Members

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Joel Griffitts

Joel Griffitts Principal Investigator
I graduated from Stanford University in 1999, finished graduate school at UC San Diego in 2004 and then returned to Stanford to work on symbiotic nitrogen fixation as a post-doc. During that time, I developed several projects centered on symbiotic invasion and host–microbe compatibility. I have been on the BYU faculty since 2006, where my lab is investigating various aspects of host–microbe communication.

Matthew Crook

Matthew Crook Graduate Student
I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in the Griffitts lab. I am studying the molecular determinants of host range in the symbiotic relationship between the bacterium Sinorhizobium meliloti and members of the plant genus Medicago.

Ryan VanYperen

Ryan VanYperen Graduate Student
I am a second-year Ph.D. student developing inducible gene expression tools and studying a two-component system in S. meliloti.


Gledi Peco Undergraduate
I am using a modified RIVET system to delete genes during symbiotic infection.


Jordan Guillory Undergraduate
I am working on identifying antibiotic targets using randomized peptide aptamers.


Taylor Orton Undergraduate
I am studying a two-component system in S. meliloti.

For lab members who have moved on, see Emeritus.