Dr. Ruben Michael Ceballos

Principal Investigator

Post-Doctoral Scholars and Visiting Scientists

Dr. Priyanka Sharma
Protein Biochemistry
Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Basha Sreenivasulu
Postdoctoral Scholar

Dr. Elizabeth Padilla Crespo
Visiting Scientist (NSF ROA)
Univ Interamericana Puerto Rico


Graduate Students (PhD)

Abdul Alrezaihi (BIOL)
Neurotropic Viruses
(Saudi Arabia)

Elham Bahramian (CEMB)
Neurotropic Viruses

Neurotropic Viruses


Blythe Bunkers (CEMB)
Extremophile Microbiology

Yelimar Jimenez (CEMB)
Microbial Genetics/Biogeography
(Puerto Rico)

Kelsey Bevenour (SPAC)
Math Modeling: Virus Systems
(New Jersey)


Graduate Students (MS)

Nour Fatema (CEMB)
Extremophile Molecular Biology

Atem Forwang (CEMB)
Extremophile Biochemistry

Huong “Maggie” Hoang (CEMB)
Fish Genetics/Biogeography


Undergraduate Research Scholars

Safee Belbina
Biology Honors
(Magna Cum Laude 2019)

Jennie Finch
Biology Honors
(SURF Awardee)

Arch Jones
Biology Honors
(NSF RCN UG Intern)


Amy Eggers
Biochemistry Honors
(NSF MCB UG Intern)

Blakely Moore
Biochemistry Honors
(NSF MCB UG Intern)

Alexia Maceda
(NSF RCN UG Intern)


Ryan “Hunter” Rose
Biology Honors
(Magna Cum Laude 2019)

James Wisener
(Class of 2019)

Gabriel David 


Technical Staff and Other Visiting Scholars

Enrique Marroquin
Field Technician

Jorge Bueno 
Visiting PhD Student
(Univ. Alcala de Henares, Spain)




New Journal Article Published

In collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bergen in Norway, a new article has been accepted to Frontiers in Microbiology: Global Biogeographic Distribution Patterns of Thermoacidophilic Verrucomicrobia Methanotrophs Suggest Allopatric Evolution by...

Welcome Dr. Elizabeth Padilla Crespo…!

The Ceballos Lab welcomes Dra. Elizabeth Padilla-Crespo from La Universidad InterAmericana de Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.  Dr. Padilla is an accomplished scientist whose research focuses on microbiology and the use of microbes in biotechnology. She is visiting the...

Welcome Jorge Bueno Prieto !

The Ceballos Lab welcomes Mr. Jorge Bueno Prieto from Colombia, who is pursuing a PhD at La Universidad Alcala de Henares (Spain).  Dr. Ceballos serves on Jorge's PhD committee. Jorge will be visiting the lab periodically over the next two years.  Jorge also...

Congratulations Jennie Finch…!

Ms. Jennie Finch, an undergraduate Biology Honors student in the lab has recently been awarded the 2019-2020 Guerdon D. Nichols Scholarship from the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.  As part of the Ceballos Lab, Jennie is engaged in a research...


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