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Rich Lab, aka SWES-MEL
(Soil, Water and Environmental Science - Microbial Ecology Lab)

At The Ohio State University's Microbiology Dept!    Our lab studies microbial biogeochemistry, within the "genes-to-ecosystems" framework.
We use molecular microbial ecology techniques and strong partnerships with biogeochemists, informaticians, and modelers to investigate how microbes respond to, and mediate, environments undergoing anthropogenic change. We're a diverse group of scientists, working together on a "systems-level" understanding of microbial community interactions with the environment.

Click here to view our IsoGenie Project webpage.

Who We Are

PI: Virginia Rich

Postdoctoral Researchers
Benjamin Bolduc
Zhiping Zhong
Suzanne Hodgkins

Graduate Researchers
Gareth (Gary) Trubl
Moira Hough
Dawson Fairbanks
Ahmed Zayed
Samantha McCabe
Dylan Cronin

Undergraduate Researchers
Greg Zane
Isabel Morales

Support Staff
Yueh-Fen Li, Research Associate

Former Lab Members

Lab Photos

Contact Us

Lab: Riffe Building Rooms 939, 941 & 947

Lab Phone: 614-247-1623

Postdoc & Student Offices:
Riffe Building, Rooms 932, 936 & 944

Virginia: Riffe Building Room 934,
617-694-5087 (c)

Delivery address for perishables:
Riffe Building Room 939
496 W 12th Ave
The Ohio State University
Columbus OH, 43210

Delivery address for non-perishables:
105 Biological Sciences Building
484 W. 12th Ave
The Ohio State University
Columbus OH, 43210

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  • Left to right: Kelsey Crossen, Sam McCabe, Gary Trubl, Fen Li, Virginia Rich, Suzanne Hodgkins, Ben Bolduc, Ahmed Zayed, and Moira Hough.
  • Not shown: Greg Zane, Isabel Morales, Zhiping Zhong, Dawson Fairbanks, and Dylan Cronin

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  • Top row Left to right: Zhiping Zhong, Miguel Martinez, Kelsey Crossen, Nicole Raab, Joanne Emerson, Gary Trubl, Virginia Rich, Ben Bolduc, and Yueh-Fen Li
  • Bottom row Left to right: Moira Hough, Rose Vining, Greg Zane, and Isabel Morales


  • Top row Left to right: Gary Trubl, Adam Nighswander, Rose Vining, Maggie Murphy, Dawson Fairbanks, and David Phu
  • Bottom row Left to right: Moira Hough, Binh Pham, Maya Sederholm, Virginia Rich (with lab pet Rosie), Krystalle Diaz, Darya Anderson, and Kristine de Leon

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  • Top row Left to right: Darya Anderson, Kristine de Leon, Maya Sederholm, Morgan Binder, Moira Hough
  • Middle row Left to right: Dawson Fairbanks, Robert Jones (RJ), Virginia Rich, Lynn Massey, Gary Trubl, Akos Owusu-Dommey
  • Bottom row Left to right: Bree Rodriguez, Eun-Hae Kim (EK), Krystalle Diaz, Maya Cross-Killingsworth


  • Top row Left to right: Morgan Binder, Gary Trubl, Maya Sederholm, Akos Owusu-Dommey, Robert M Jones
  • Bottom Row Left to right: Krystalle Diaz, Eun-Hae Kim, Virginia Rich, Lynn Massey