Lab Pictures

IMG_1723Lab retreat to Taylor’s home in Benzonia Michigan where some members of the Simmons lab and their families enjoyed a weekend in the sun. Pictured from left to right: Lee, Jeremy, Heather, Quinn, Kristi, Mia, Lyle, Owen,  Justin, Taylor and Elie.



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Taylor Nye wins the 2015 Christine Psujek Memorial Award given to the top ranked honors thesis across all biological disciplines at the University of Michigan. Congrats to Taylor!

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Celebration of Pete passing his prelim exam Spring 2015
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Spring 2015, our lab celebrates Taylor after she received an NSF Predoctoral fellowship, and graduated with Highest Honors in Microbiology.  
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Simmons Lab Members, Summer 2013

Last day of Blimpy Burger 500

Lab crew visits Blimpy burger on it’s last day open


Simmons lab 2012 (From the left: Nick Bolz, Eileen Brandes, Justin Lenhart, Sam Bolz, Gabriella Szewczyk, Jeremy Schroeder, Brian Walsh, Lyle Simmons and Owen Simmons)


Jeremy, Lyle and Eileen after their finish at the Dexter to Ann Arbor Half Marathon in 2012.

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Eileen wins the Marshall Nirenberg Award given to the top honors student in the life sciences in 2012.

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Eileen wins the Chistine Psujek Memorial Award given to the top honors thesis in the biological sciences at Michigan in 2012. Eileen, pictured left, receives the award from Dr. Olsen.

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Lyle and Eileen after Eileen receives the Psujek Memorial Award.


Nick and Eileen graduate with honors in 2012.

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Undergraduate Eileen Brandes teaches the lab how to play field hockey after her game (2011).


Undergraduate Nick Bolz presents his honors thesis research at the 2011 Midwest Microbial Pathogenesis Conference in Ann Arbor.

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Undergraduate Eileen Brandes in action on her final home game and Senior Day at Michigan (2011).

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Undergraduate and co-captain Eileen Brandes (left) with her co-captain hold the 2011 regular season Big Ten Championship Trophy.

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Ph.D. students Jeremy Schroeder and Brian Walsh ran the Detroit Marathon in 2011, while Lyle ran the Detroit Half Marathon. Jeremy completed the Marathon in 3:03.46, Lyle completed the half in 1:35.32.

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Undergraduate lab member and women’s field hockey co-captain Eileen Brandes with Owen and the rest of the lab after the women beat 14th ranked Boston University 3-1 on Sept. 18th. Owen and the lab cheered for Eileen and the women’s field hockey team with our shirts spelling eye ballz, which is Eileen’s field hockey nickname. From left to right pictured is Eileen, Owen, Jeremy, Brian, Lyle, Justin and Nick.

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Justin and Adrienne’s Wedding July 2011

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Eileen Poster Phage meeting 2011


Left to right: Eileen Brandes, Brian Walsh, Lyle Simmons and Jeremy Schroeder on
the terrace at the Phage meeting 2011 Madison Wisconsin

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Brian Walsh at Phage meeting 2011.
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Ph.D. student Brian Walsh crossing the finish line at the 26.9 mile mark in the Mohican
50 milerace on June 18th, 2011. Brian finished the race in 12 hours and 4 minutes.

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Brian at Midwest DNA repair symposium 2011

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Brian with the friendly mutton chops. He took second place in the “partial beard natural” category at the Motor City Beard and Mustache Championships.

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Jeremy passes prelims 2011

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Andy Klocko’s going away party 2010

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Hard at work in the lab.

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Renovated Lab Space



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