Nathan Haigh
PhD Student
I am a graduate student researcher in the Graduate Group in Immunology. I'm currently part of the NIEHS T32 in Environmental Toxicology studying the effects of cigarette smoke and e-cig vapor on lung development. I'm interested in how the immune system can be dysregulated by environmental events that set the stage for disease later in life. As a side hobby, I support the theory that all genetic variants that are maintained within the population provide a benefit against some potential insult. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife, children, and two cattle dogs. I love traveling, hiking, swimming, kayaking, playing games, and snowboarding.
Noah Siegel
PhD Student
I am a Graduate Student Researcher in the Immunology Ph.D. program at UC Davis with a designated emphasis in Biotechnology. I graduated in 2018 from CSU East Bay with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Chemistry. UC Davis was my top choice for graduate school because of its small-town atmosphere and its wide-ranging interdisciplinary studies. In the Miller lab, I am studying the effects of early-life antibiotic treatment in infants and how the disruption of the airway microbiome early in life can lead to developmental deficiencies in the lung. I am interested in identifying what bacteria are most prominent in the infant lung microbiome following antibiotic treatment and how alteration of the commensal composition affects the developing lung. In my free time, I enjoy running, drawing, and being continuously amazed by all the new things to do in the city of Davis.
Krista Thongphanh
PhD Student
I'm a Graduate Student Researcher in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Group. I graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor's in Microbiology, pursued research in both academic and industry settings, and then went on to complete a Master's degree in Stem Cell Biology at Sacramento State. In the Miller lab, I am utilizing induced pluripotent stem cells differentiated into lung progenitors to investigate the toxicological effects of E-cigarette constituents. For fun, I take spin classes, troubleshoot dessert recipes, and watch anime.
Taylor Westmont
PhD Student
My name is Taylor Westmont and I am a Graduate Student Researcher. I am in the Graduate Group of Immunology as well as the Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology. I went to Tufts University and received a B.S. in Biology. Science excites me not only because I find it interesting but because with science we have the potential to change and save people’s lives. In the Miller lab I am working on understanding why pediatric populations are particularly vulnerable to respiratory diseases, including influenza. Specifically I am looking into the role of the lung microbiome as well as the polymeric immunoglobulin receptor (pIgR) in mucosal immunity. Outside of lab I enjoy reading books, drinking tea, eating chocolate, and listening to music.