Casey Theriot | Assistant Professor
Casey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Health and Pathobiology at NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Her research focuses on gastrointestinal microbiology, metabolomics, and infectious diseases.
Rajani Thanissery | Lab Manager
Rajani grew up in Pondicherry, India from where she earned her degree in Veterinary Medicine. She moved to the U.S. in 2008 and received her MS from Auburn University and PhD from NCSU before joining the Theriot lab in 2015. Rajani manages the Theriot Lab. She is also studying how microbial-mediated secondary bile acids affect the C. difficile life cycle.
Jenessa Winston | Clinical Investigator
Jenessa joined the Theriot lab in 2015 after completion of her DVM, Small Animal Rotating Internship, and Small Animal Internal Medicine Residency at NCSU. She is currently a Clinical Investigator and NIH T32 NCSU Comparative Medicine and Translation Research Program trainee. Jenessa is studying the interaction between the gut microbiota, host and bacterial derived bile acids, and C. difficile infection in a mouse model of CDI.
Josh Fletcher | Postdoctoral Fellow
Josh joined the Theriot lab in September 2016 after receiving his PhD in Genetics from The University of Iowa. Josh is currently exploring the mechanisms by which C. difficile colonizes the antibiotic depleted gut and obtains nutrients for growth.
Alissa Rivera | Animal Technician
Alissa joined the Theriot lab in October 2016. She is originally from Puerto Rico, where she earned her BS in Biotechnology from the University of Puerto Rico. Alissa manages all in vivo experiments for the Theriot Lab.
Amber Reed | Graduate Student
Amber joined the Theriot lab in January 2017. Amber completed her BS at Guilford College in Greensboro, NC. She is studying how different Clostridia are able to produce secondary bile acids and how this alters the gut microbiota and CDI.
Elissa Foss | Research Technician
Elissa joined the Theriot lab in November 2016 as an undergraduate researcher and is presently a research technician. She graduated from Meredith College in Spring 2017, majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemical Physics. Elissa is currently identifying the presence of toxin genes in C. difficile isolated from animals.
Susan Gardner: Postdoctoral Fellow 2016-2017
Kevin Chang: Veterinary scholar’s program Summer 2016
Allyson Patterson: undergraduate researcher Spring 2016
Kaitlyn George: undergraduate researcher Spring 2016