Light Microscopy Staff

Peter Bayguinov, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist, Optical and X-Ray Microscopy

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: Nikon A1R/MP, Zeiss 880, CD7, LS & Versa XRM
Hobbies: Sous vide cooking, photography and wrestling his kids

Praveen Krishnamoorthy, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist, Optical Microscopy

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: Nikon A1R, N-SIM, N-STORM, Nikon SD, Zeiss CD7
Hobbies: Bouldering, legos, spending too much time on his PS4

Dennis Oakley, M.S.

Research Specialist, Optical Microscopy

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: Nikon A1R, FV1200, Zeiss AxioImager & AxioScan
Hobbies: Family, politics and renovating his house

Electron Microscopy Staff

Greg Strout, M.S.

Research Specialist, Electron Microscopy

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: JEOL TEM, Zeiss Merlin SEM
Hobbies: Restoring antique American cars

Sanja Sviben, Ph.D. 

Staff Scientist, Electron Microscopy

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: Helios 5 UX FIB-SEM, Merlin SEM
Hobbies: Gardening, cycling and cats!

John Wulf II 

Research Technician II, Electron Microscopy

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: JEOL TEM
Hobbies: Reading and Minecraft!

Cryo-Electron Microscopy Staff

Katherine Basore, Ph.D.

Research Specialist, Cryo-Electron Microscopy & Structural Biology

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: Titan Krios
Hobbies: Loves rabbits, dessert, and the oxford comma

Michael Rau

Staff Scientist, Cryo-Electron Microscopy & Structural Biology

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: Titan Krios
Hobbies: Family, hunting and working on the farm

Brock Summers, Ph.D.

Research Specialist, Cryo-Electron Microscopy & Micro-ED

Email:, Tel: +1 (314) 273-8507

Instruments: Glacios
Hobbies: Sports, St. Louis, Blues / Cardinals, trading card games

Undergraduate Research Assistants

WUCCI Alumni

  • Robyn Roth (Instructor) – Research Associate in Mecham Lab.
  • Daniel Geanon (WUSTL ’17 Biology) – Research Associate at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
  • Matt Joens (Staff Scientist) –  FIB Technician, Apple.
  • Max Fisher (WUSTL ‘ 19 Biology | Latin American Studies) – Medical Student at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
  • Tracy Rappai (WUSTL ’19 Biology | Neuroscience | Classics) – Medical Student at the University of Mississippi.
  • Seena Sebt (WUSTL ’20 Biology) – Currently on a gap year.
  • Ari Ettleson (WUSTL ’20 Biology) – Currently on a gap year.
  • Precious Faniyi (WUSTL ’20 Biomedical Engineering) – Teacher at TFA.
  • Henok Getahun (WUSTL ’20 Biology) – Currently on a gap year.
  • Ben Johnston (WUSTL ’21 Biomedical Engineering) – Finishing his senior year.
  • Erin Kotzbauer (Northwestern ’22 Chemical Engineering) – Continuing her studies at NW.
  • Mike Shih (Staff Scientist) – Data Scientist at the Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation.