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Bunnik Lab 2018. Left to right: Dr. Evelien Bunnik, Melissa Nuñez, Jake Gonzalez, Bayan Fallatah, Dr. Sebastiaan Bol
Evelien M. Bunnik, Ph.D.
Principle Investigator / Assistant Professor

I am fascinated by host-pathogen interactions, in particular the interplay between host immune responses and immune evasion strategies of the infectious agent. In addition, I am passionate about making this world a better place to live for the poorest and most vulnerable people. For these reasons, my research has focused on the major infectious diseases in the world, in particular those that affect developing countries.
In my spare time, I like to clear my mind by being active outdoors. I love to run and will race any distance between a mile and a marathon. When at home, I enjoy cuddling my cats, solving puzzles, watching movies, and sitcoms such as Seinfeld and That '70s Show.

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Sebastiaan Bol, Ph.D.
Senior Research Scientist

As a doctoral student in Amsterdam I studied HIV replication in macrophages. Subsequently, as a postdoc in California, I worked on genome organization of the malaria parasite. When I am not working, I enjoy watching movies. Some of my more recent favorites are Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and The Great Beauty. I also love to run. Ever since we adopted our cats from the shelter, I want to be around them all the time. I am studying to become a veterinary nurse and take great pleasure in doing cat research in my free time.

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Jake Gonzales
Graduate Student

I am currently a first year graduate student who loves learning about the immune system. I was born and raised in Texas, and I graduated from Angelo State University with a BS in Biology. When I am not studying or doing research, I am either at home playing video games or I’m watching either football or baseball, depending on the season. I also enjoy listening to music, watching movies, reading comic books, and just chilling out and relaxing.


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Bayan Fallatah
Master Student

I obtained a Bachelor degree in Medical Laboratories Technology from Taibah University in Medina, Saudi Arabia. I came to the USA in 2015. After graduating from the English Language Center at the University of Denver, CO in 2016 I started the Master program at the UT Health Science Center.


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Melissa Nuñez, MPH
Master Student

I am a Latina who was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. I have obtained a BS in Biology from UTSA and a MPH in Epidemiology from Texas A&M. My interests are in global health and infectious diseases. I hope to aid underserved populations, particularly in developing countries, who are vulnerable to infectious diseases. When I am not studying, I love watching the Food Network, baking, and eating desserts. I am adventurous and love to travel whenever I get the chance.

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Former Bunnik lab members:

Mawjuda Abdulrashid
Master student
January & February 2018

Hannah Hall
Undergraduate student from Trinity University
June & July 2017
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