Featured Past Lab Members

Former Graduate/Dental Students​​​​


Ayana Paul

Ayana Paul, former MUSC PREP student. She has accepted admission to Emory University, and will begin pursuing her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in Fall 2022.

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Dr. JoAnn Roberts

Dr. JoAnn Roberts successfully obtained her PhD in December 2018 from MUSC. She is currently a developing scholar and faculty track post-doctoral trainee at UCLA Medical School.


Dr. Ralee Spooner

Dr. Ralee Spooner, a lieutenant officer in the US Navy and graduate student in Dr. Yilmaz's lab, successfully defended his Masters in Dental Sciences Degree in May 2019 at MUSC, and also completed his residency degree in MUSC's periodontics department as chief resident.


Kyulim Lee

Kyulim Lee is a former DMD/PhD Student (University of Florida)


Dr. Carolina Jermanus

Dr. Carolina Jermanus is a former DMD/MS Student (University of Florida)

Former Faculty/Postdoctoral Trainees


Dr. ChulHee Choi, PhD

Former Post-doctoral associate and Research Assistant Professor.

Currently, he serves as an Assistant Professor at Chungam University, Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, South Korea


Dr. Kalina Atanasova, DVM, PhD

Former Post-doctoral Associate.


Currently, Dr. Kalina Atanasova is a Biological Scientist in the Biological Chemistry Department of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Florida. 


Dr. Jungnam Lee, PhD

Former Post-doctoral Associate. 

Currently, Dr. Jungnam Lee is an Assistant Scientist in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine at the University of Florida.

Visiting Professor/Scholars

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Dr. Je Chul Lee, MD, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, Daegu, South Korea

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Dr. Ana Carolina Morandini Ramos, DDS, PhD

FAPESP Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru. Universidade de São Paulo, Bauru, Brazil

Assistant Professor, University of Pacific, Arthur A. Dugani School of Dentistry

Former Staff


Casey Derieux

Former Research Specialist

Currently a PhD Student at the University of Delaware, Department of Microbiology


Zach Messick, JD

Former Research Specialist

Currently a Research Assistant at the University of Georgia School of Law