Dr. Abigail Koppes,
Principal Investigator

Erika Wheeler

Investigation and Characterization of Sex-Based differences in Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Irritable Bowel Disease are both medical conditions of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. IBS alone affects 60 to 70 million people in the United States and women are twice as likely to be diagnosed than men. Erika’s work focuses on investigating and characterizing sex-based differences in IBS and IBD patients.

Erika joined ABNEL as a bioengineering BS/MS student in January 2021. She began her master thesis in ABNEL in Fall 2021. Prior to this, she co-oped at Sanofi and Cygnal Therapeutics in their oncology department investigating and validating novel oncology targets.

Undergraduate Researchers Win Big with PEAK Awards

Undergraduate Researchers Win Big with PEAK Awards

The ABNEL lab could not be prouder of our outstanding group of undergraduate researchers! We have three PEAK award winners: Christina Aniolek (top left) won the Base Camp award, Iris Chang (bottom left) won the Ascent award, and Stephen Landry (right) also won the...

Jessica Woolston Joins the Fray!

Jessica Woolston Joins the Fray!

Scientist in the making and dog mother of two, Jessica Woolston joined ABNEL in the Fall semester of 2023. While living in Europe, Jess reached out to Dr. Abigail Koppes after reading her work. Showing both an interest in the gut-microbiome and the initiative to...