Lab Members

Graduate Students:


PrakashPrakash Sah is a PhD student and joined the lab in the Fall of 2015.  His research focuses on understanding host-pathogen interactions of Chlamydia trachomatis.  Specifically he is looking at identify host factors that interact with Chlamydial effector proteins and inclusion membrane proteins.  Prakash received an Otto S. Cox Fellowship for Genetics Research in 2017, the Durham Research Fellowship in 2018 and the Robberson Dissertation Fellowship in 2019!







Deepali Luthra is a PhD student who joined the lab in the Fall of 2017.  Deepali's project is focusing on the host-pathogen interactions of Pseudomonas aeruginosa with the host cell in conditions varying Calcium and other host factors. Deepali Luthra Picture 2019





 colleen photoColleen (Denver) La Force is a Masters student who originally joined the lab as an undergraduate in the summer of 2017. She decided to stay on to pursue her graduate work as a Masters Student in our lab in the Fall 2018. Her project involves studying the protein structure of Chlamydial inclusion membrane proteins.  






Christian Holcomb is a new PhD student joining the lab in the Fall of 2020! He will be joining the Chlamydia project looking at host immune modulation! 



Undergraduate Students: 


 Clay Deal Photo

Clay Deal joined the lab in Spring of 2020.  He is studying P. aeruginosa bioflim formation in response to Calcium.








Daniel Reed is a Niblack Scholar who is testing novel antimicrobial compounds against various bacteria!



Lutter Lab Alumni

  • Christopher Laley
  • Ashley Means
  • Chloe Backhaus
  • Dillon Jones
  • Anna Wright
  • Elizabeth Pascual, MSc
  • Link Zheng
  • Brooke Romine
  • Wade Arthur
  • Matt Smith
  • Rachel Mcallister
  • Amanda Behar, MSc
  • Rawan Eleshy, MSc
  • Jordan Fleming
  • Nicholas H. Nelson
  • William (Colby) Starr
  • Emily Gietzen
  • Kaylea Bixler
  • Cheyenne Knox
  • Omid Darbandi
  • Ty Derouen
  • Dr. Melissa Brewer, PhD
  • Ryan Pruitt