Current Lab Members


Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI, Principal Investigator

Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MS, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kwon is dedicated to combatting antimicrobial resistance and protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Kwon specializes in the care of immunocompromised patients with infectious diseases. Her research is focused on novel and innovative methods to detect, prevent, and treat antimicrobial resistance, and her work is funded by the NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and multiple not-for-profit foundations. She completed a selective two year fellowship with the National Academy of Medicine in Washington, DC focused on health policy. Her experiences as a clinician, researcher, and public health advocate encompasses her goal of ensuring better quality care for all patients.

j.kwon@wustl.edu


Carleigh Samuels, BS, Clinical Research Assistant II

Carleigh graduated from Fontbonne University with a B.S. in Bioinformatics and minored in Biology and Data Analytics. She has worked with the University of Missouri St. Louis – College of Nursing in community research before joining the Kwon lab. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and watching science fiction. 

carleigh@wustl.edu


Carrie O’Neil, MA, MPH, Senior Research Coordinator

Carrie graduated from Truman State University with a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology. She then earned a M.A. in Anthropology from The University of Missouri and a MPH in Epidemiology from St. Louis University. She has worked as a research coordinator at Washington University for over 10 years. She has three children and enjoys swimming, hiking, and crafting. 

oneilc@wustl.edu


David McDonald, BA, Research Assistant II

David graduated from Webster University with a B.A. in Film Production in 2014. He has worked in a variety of tech positions and spent three years teaching English in South Korea before joining the Kwon Lab. He enjoys watching films and tv shows with his wife, Katie, running, and playing with his adorably anxious dog, Alfie.


Francesca (Frankie) Yerbic, BS, MLS, ASCPClinical Lab Technologist II

Frankie graduated from Missouri State University with a B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science. She is currently working on getting her M.A. at Webster University. She is excited to join the Kwon Lab at Washington University. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, watching musicals, and spending time with family.

f.yerbic@wustl.edu


Katelin B. Nickel, MPH, Sr. Programmer Analyst

Katelin graduated from The College of Wooster with a B.A. in biology and earned her MPH in epidemiology from Saint Louis University.  She completed a fellowship in applied epidemiology through CDC and the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists at the Washington State Department of Health with a focus on communicable diseases.  Katelin has been a data analyst in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University for over ten years.  She enjoys spending time with her family (including two lively sons), being outside, and traveling. 

katelin.nickel@wustl.edu


Kate Peacock, MPH, Sr. Statistical Data Analyst

Kate graduated from Truman State University with a B.S. in Health Sciences. She then earned her MPH from Saint Louis University in 2016. She has worked as a data analyst at Washington University for about five years. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking with her husband, and hanging out with her cat, Marty

kate.peacock@wustl.edu


Kevin Jolani, BS, Research Lab Technician

Kevin is set to graduate from Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville in December of 2021 with a B.S. in Biological sciences. He has two years of clinical experience as a medical scribe at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and experience as an emergency medical technician. In his free time he enjoys playing basketball, watching documentaries and spending time with his parents

jolani@wustl.edu


Lucy Vogt, MPH, Research Study Assistant II

Lucy graduated for the University of Missouri with a BHS in Health Science and MPH in health policy and promotion. She previously worked at the Health Department within the communicable disease with much of her work focused on COVID-19. Outside of the office, she enjoys hiking, binge watching Netflix, and spending time with family, friends, and her pup, Truman.

lucyv@wustl.edu


Rebecca Gordon B.S., MLS (ASCP) Clinical Lab Technologist II

Rebecca graduated from the University of Missouri with a B.S. in Biological Sciences and a B.S. in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences. She is currently getting her MHA from Webster University. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband and dogs, reading novels, and watching reality competition shows. 

gordon.r@wustl.edu


Tiffany Hink, BS, MT, ASCP, Research Lab Supervisor

Tiffany graduated from Saint Louis University with a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science from Saint Louis University.  She worked in clinical microbiology for several years, before joining Washington University in 2011.  She is married with 2 children.  She enjoys reading, traveling, and watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

think@wustl.edu


Lab Alumni


  • Margaret Bost, BSResearch Technician
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Medical Student, Duke University
  • Christopher Coon, MSResearch Technician
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Medical Student, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Frances Boly, DO, Postdoctoral Fellow
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Clinical Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases, University of Illinois at Chicago, Advocate Christ Hospital
  • Ling Yan, BA Research Assistant
    • Last know position after leaving the lab: Pre-medical student, California
  • Emily Struttmann, BS, Research Assistant
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Medical Student, Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Mostafa Amor, BS, Research Assistant
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Medical Student, University of Missouri School of Medicine
  • Daniel Park, BS, Research Assistant
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Medical Student, DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine at Lincoln Memorial University
  • Grace Yuan, BS, Research Assistant
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Pre-Medical Student, Missouri
  • Jess Zhang, BS, Research Assistant
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Pre-Medical Student, New York
  • Henry Stewart, BS, Research Assistant
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Undergraduate Student, Stanford University
  • Olivia Arter, BS, Research Assistant
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Undergraduate Student, Washington University
  • Candice Cass, AA, BA, Clinical Research Coordinator I
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: HR Recruiter, Washington University
  • Sondra Seiler, BA, Research Coordinator II
    • Last know position after leaving the lab: happily retired
  • Rachel Bosserman, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher
    • Last known position after leaving the lab: Fellow, Medical & Public Health Microbiology Fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis MO