Edelio R. Bazan is a graduate student in the Department of Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology and joined the Roossinck lab in 2015. His research explores two main spheres: How are microbial relationships established and; How do these communities change over time, particularly when subjected to dramatic environmental change. He is currently working in deciphering the diversity of viruses that infect fungal endophytes from plants growing the hot soils of Centralia, Pennsylvania.
Edelio received his BA in Anthropology and BS in Biology from the University of Texas-Pan American in 2013. During this time he explored various research topics including ranging from archaeological excavations of ancient structures in Peru to heavy metal accumulation in shrimp parasites, to exploring microbial diversity of fungal endophytes in the Arizona Sonoran desert and bacterial symbionts in mosquito midguts. He did a post-baccalaureate at the University of Missouri where his research focused on the interactions between HIV and their host.