Cope Lab


Emily Cope, PhD

Assistant Director at Pathogen and microbiome institute

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University



Keehoon Lee, PhD

postdoctoral scholar

Born in Seoul, Korea in the era with no chickenpox vaccine. Had my chickenpox. Grown up developing strong memory immune cells. Came to the U.S. in 1998. Graduated from Northern Arizona University with B.S. and M.S. Trained my body and soul during my time in Flagstaff with high altitude and great beer. Went back to Korea to join the Army and served 3 years as a research specialist. Graduated from Yonsei University with Ph.D.

Project and interests:
I study bacterial and fungal interactions in airway diseases, including Chronic Rhinosinusitis (CRS). How interspecies interactions with microbiota and the host influence microbiome composition of both upper and lower respiratory tract, regulation in immune response, and disease development are the main interest of our project.

Sierra Jaramillo, BS

Graduate Student

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Oliver Kask

Undergraduate Researcher

Undergraduate Student studying Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University. Estonian, born in Stockholm, Sweden but raised in Silicon Valley (I know it’s confusing). I am new to research but learning and improving everyday. I am focused on the 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing pipeline to characterize the microbial diversity in human airways. Current project consists of analyzing the microbiota of swimmers nares. I am also interested in bioinformatics development and hope to contribute to QIIME 2 with Dr. Caporaso at PMI. After graduation in May of 2019 I hope to go on and pursue a PhD in the field of Immunology.

Emily Borsom

Undergraduate Researcher

Gabrielle Orsini

Undergraduate Researcher


Shari KymaN, BS

REsearch technician - core microbiome services


Shari is now a Research Specialist at the Pathogen and Microbiome Institute

Irene Zhang, BS

REsearch technician

Irene has been accepted into PhD programs across the country and is starting her graduate studies in Fall 2018

The Cope Lab is currently hiring graduate students (M.S. or PhD). Please contact me to apply!