Principal Investigator


Ph D student

Masters Student


Undergraduate Researchers













Dr. Candice Lumibao

Dr. Candice Lumibao is an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She obtained her PhD at University of Notre Dame (USA). She is passionate about a lot of things – from plants, microbiomes, science education, R to hiking, reading and social dancing. She uses a variety of tools in my research, including ancient DNA, metagenomics, ‘resurrection’ ecology and population genetics.





Yue Liu (2022-2027)

Yue Liu is a Ph. D. student majoring in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. She conducts research on the functional outcomes of plant-microbe interactions related to coastal ecosystem processes under changing climate. She is good at some ball games such as table tennis, tennis and badminton. When she’s not busy, she usually spends time with her friends, especially enjoying the sunshine on the beach




 Jezreel Wilson (2023-2025)

Jezreel Wilson is a graduate student in the MS Biology program. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin with a B.S. Biology (Botany concentration) and a minor in Geology. Jezreel’s future goals include strengthening STEM education for at-risk youth, especially within special populations (bilinguals and disabled teens). When she is not actively teaching or attending classes, she enjoys playing the violin and listening to classical music.







Jamie (Wenxiu) Yang (2024 – present)

I’m a second-year nursing student at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, with a growing interest in marine biology sparked by a friend. Planning to pursue a master’s in science after graduation, I’m passionate about learning and exploring new things. Beyond academics, I love cooking, drawing, and spending quality time with friends, finding joy in diverse activities that balance my studies.




Maryam Sharafeldin (2024 – present, Honors Student, JAMP scholar)

I am a bilingual undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Biomedical sciences at Texas A&M Corpus Christi. I am fascinated by the intricate world of microbial organisms, particularly endophytes, and unraveling their characteristics and impacts on both environments and hosts. I also enjoy cooking, spending time at the beach, and reading. My aspirations include applying to medical school in Texas and becoming a competitive bodybuilder.





Awesome Lab Alumni (*Done*, but not forgotten!)

Bree Garcia, McNairs Scholar and Honors student (2023 – 2024)

Georgia Harris (2022 – 2024, LSAMP scholar)

Grace Rush (2022 -2023, Honors student)

Ellie Hoover (2022, volunteer)

Mikaelia Robinson (2023 -2024, student intern)

Breanna Clark (2022-2023, student intern)

Nathan Shiryaev (DMC summer 2023 intern)