The Core Values Committee is made up of volunteers from across the department, including undergraduate and graduate students, research and instructional faculty, administrators, and advisors. If you are interested in working with us, or have an experience, idea, or concern to share with us, you can email us collectively at, or contact us anonymously using the Contact Us link above.

Alex Beck
Andrew Thurber
104 CEOAS Admin Bldg
Andrew Thurber (he/him) is a faculty member in the department of microbiology as well as in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric sciences.  He is interested in how the ocean functions and the role of microbes in that.  He was a military kid and while born in New Mexico, moved so frequently throughout his life that he does not consider himself from anywhere.
Ashley Francis
Ashley Francis (she/her/hers) is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in BioHealth Sciences with minors in Public Health and Chemistry. She is planning on attending medical school after graduation and is most passionate about preventive medicine. She hopes to make medicine more accessible for underserved communities in the future. Outside of class, Ashley works as a Peer Advisor for the College of Science. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to new places.
Chris Suffridge
Chris Suffridge (he/him) is a postdoctoral research associate working with the Giovannoni Lab. His research focuses on ocean systems where he investigates vitamin B1 mediated microbial interactions and the resulting impacts on global-scale processes. When he’s not in lab, Chris enjoys skiing and mountain biking. 
Daisy Chen
Daisy Chen (she/her/hers) is a 3rd-year Honors Microbiology student, and also works as a Physics Learning Assistant. She is from Eugene, OR, and loves hiking and hanging out with her dog.
Emily Schmeltzer
Nash Hall
Emily Schmeltzer (she/her) studies the ecological interactions of microbes and viruses on coral reefs, spending her time doing a combination fieldwork, labwork, and programming & bioinformatics with large genomic datasets. She’s originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, but consciously strives to incorporate equitable practice in all aspects of her work in marine science.
Grace Deitzler
-Nash 554
Grace Deitzler (she/her or they/them) is a PhD student and NSF Graduate Fellow in Dr. Maude David's lab in the Department of Microbiology, studying the gut-brain axis in mice and honey bees. Outside of the lab, Grace is the president of the Microbiology Graduate Students Association, and the co-president of the Art-Science club Seminarium. 
Hannah Rowe
Nash 434
Hannah Rowe (she/her/hers) is an Assistant Professor in the Micro Department.   After growing up in North Carolina, she has moved gradually westward across the US, spending nearly 10 years in Michigan for undergrad and grad school (learned to hate snow), 5 years in Tennessee for postdoc (remembered how bad humidity and mosquitoes are) and has been in Oregon since fall 2020.  Her lab’s research interests are in the interactions between viruses, pathogenic bacteria, and normal flora of the upper respiratory tract and the impact on severity and transmission of respiratory diseases.  Outside of the lab, Hannah enjoys discovering new recipes with farmer’s market produce, going for walks with her rescue dog Suzy, and listening to podcasts.
Julie Alexander
Nash Hall
Julie Alexander (she/her/hers) is faculty member in the department who is fascinated by parasites that exploit multiple hosts during their life cycles. She spends a lot of work hours underwater SCUBA diving in river, and on a mountain bike in her spare time.
Kenton Hokanson
Nash 334
Kenton Hokanson (he/him/his) is an instructor/advisor in the Microbiology Department, and a research associate studying neuroscience in the Biochemistry and Biophysics department. He is passionate about equity and inclusion, and is currently working with on-campus initiatives like Inclusive Excellence and the Faculty-Student Mentorship Program to help OSU better serve all students. He is from a tiny town in Utah, and loves backpacking, board games, running, and anything related to space.
MK English
Mary K (MK) English (she/her) is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology studying probiotics to enhance oyster larvae growth. She grew up in Los Alamos, New Mexico and loves playing ice hockey and enduro biking. 
Nicholas Baetge
Nash Hall
Like a phytoplankton getting transferred into new culture conditions, it’s taken some time for this Southern Californian to acclimate to the seasons of Corvallis. But, boy, what a place to run, hike, and play soccer! Nick (he/him/his) recently received my doctorate in marine science from UC Santa Barbara where he explored the world of marine bacteria and how they shape (and are shaped by) ocean biogeochemistry. Here at OSU, he is working as a postdoctoral scholar to tease apart how the optical signatures associated with phytoplankton change between day and night. He joined the CVC because he has become more aware that more work, time, and resources are needed to push forward initiatives that improve equity and inclusion at the academic institution and in ocean science. At every stage of his career, he hopes to participate in work that expands outreach programs to underrepresented students, improves recruitment and retention practices for all levels of the academic ladder, and makes the ocean sciences accessible to all people. 
Rowan McLachlan
Nash Hall
Rowan McLachlan (she/her) is a postdoctoral researcher working with the Vega Thurber Lab. She researches how environmental stress affects the physiological health and microbiome of tropical corals. She currently investigates the impacts of nutrient pollution and overfishing on the reefs of Moorea, French Polynesia. Rowan is originally from Scotland, and in her free time she enjoys hiking and swimming.
Vaishnavi G. Padaki
Nash 352
Vaishavi (Vaish) is a PhD student in Dr. Kim Halsey's lab. She studies volatile organic compounds produced by phytoplankton and their consumption by marine bacteria. These VOCs are important for biogeochemical cycling. She is from from India, and loves art and cooking. She experiments with different recipes and loves hosting special occasions for friends and family.