Eigenmann Biology Scholarship

2021 Eigenmann Biology Scholar: Ford Fishman

Ford Fishman is a second-year Ph.D. student in Professor Jay T. Lennon's lab, where he studies the antagonistic coevolution between bacteria and bacteriophage. His research combines computational and empirical approaches to understand how the network structure of infection is altered by various processes, such as spatial heterogeneity and mutation rates. Additionally, Ford is a member of the IU EcoLunch committee, which provides an outlet for graduate students to share their research and participate in skill-building workshops.

This fellowship will support Ford as he constructs spatially-explicit host-parasite simulation models. It will also allow him to explore the dynamics of infection in the legume-rhizobia-bacteriophage nested symbiosis.

2021 Eigenmann Biology Scholar: Mark Greci

Mark Greci was first introduced to bench science in fifth grade when he—with his mother’s help—precipitated iron out of pineapple juice for his science fair project titled “Where is the iron?” He received a B.A. in Biology from Saint John’s University (MN), where he competed in cross country and graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors.

As a Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Ph.D. candidate in Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry Chair and Professor Stephen Bell's lab, Mark researches DNA replication in Archaea and is currently revealing novel, paradigm-shifting activity of key replication proteins. In addition to his research, Mark has co-authored a recent review of Archaeal DNA replication with Professor Bell published in the Annual Review of Microbiology and serves on the Department of Biology’s Diversity + Inclusion Committee. Mark thanks the Eigenmann family for their thoughtful and generous scholarship.