Past Lab members

PhD students 

ARCHANA SRINIVAS Archana Srinivas 

I am a doctoral candidate in the joint doctoral program in ecology hosted by San Diego State University and the University of California, Davis. My dissertation research is an investigation on the role played by siderophores (microbially synthesized iron chelating molecules) in dissimilatory iron reduction (DIR), which is a microbial anaerobic respiratory pathway, in Arctic tundra soils.

Graduate Students

 Kristen Aguinaldo 

Masters in Ecology. My research focused on Identification and genomic characterization of four novel Rhodobacteracae strains from the Point Loma kelp forest


Jeremiah Minich Jeremiah Minich

Masters in Cell and Molecular Biology.

Research topic: Elevated temperature drives kelp microbiome dysbiosis, while elevated carbon dioxide induces water microbiome disruption.

 Kevin Walsh 

I have worked in the Dinsdale lab for 5 years working on a variety of metagenomic and sequencing projects. My research looks at benthic macro-organisms and how they interact with microbial communities in the water column on coral reefs, in particular reefs off the coast of North East Brazil.

Shashank SatheShashank Sathe

Masters in Bioinformatics and  Medical Informatics.

Research topic: The Minimalistic Approach of Plasmid Genomes and Identification of Plasmid Contigs From Within Bacterial Assemblies.

Rohini Singh Rohini Singh

Masters in Bioinformatics and  Medical Informatics. My reseach focused on genome annotation of sea lion.

 Undergraduate Students

 Alejandro Vega

Since August 2015 I have been the lead researcher under the supervision of Dr. Rob Edwards and Dr. Elizabeth Dinsdale at San Diego State University (SDSU) on a global research project. We have been investigating a newly discovered bacteriophage known as crAssphage, which resides in roughly half the human population across the globe. In order to try to get a better understanding of crAssphage, I am studying the distribution and variance of crAssphage on a temporal and spatial scale. We are also attempting to look at the distribution of crAssphage on a global scale. So far we have contacted 22 potential collaborators to sequence crAssphage from around the globe. If you are interested in helping us out please email and

 Mariah Foley 

Investigated the effect of ocean acidification on Rhodolith samples by decalcification techniques. Samples were previously collected, and exposed to varying pCO2 levels.


 Ben Turner 

Undergraduate in Biology