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McCutcheon, Cole

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
190 Food Safety & Toxicology (Manning)
B220 Anthony Hall (Petroff)
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-2031 (Manning)
(517) 432-1385 (Petroff)



Cole McCutcheon is a 4th year MMG graduate student in the labs of Dr. Margaret Petroff and Dr. Shannon Manning. Cole earned a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and a bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences in 2016 from Indiana University. After graduating, Cole came to MSU to study host-pathogen interactions. Since joining the Manning and Petroff labs, Cole’s research has focused on understanding how bacterial derived factors result in preterm birth, using Group B Streptococcus as a model organism. Cole’s research interests include host-pathogen interactions, microbial pathogenesis, and reproductive immunology. Outside of the lab, Cole is also a member of the Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Training Program (RDSTP T32 Training Grant) and has been involved with several university organizations. Notably, Cole has been an activity leader for MSU Girl’s STEM Day and MSU Girl’s Math and Science Day, as well as the Departmental Representative for several organizations including the Council of Graduate Students (COGS), the Natural Sciences Student Advisory Council, and the MMG Seminar Committee.



  1. Cole McCutcheon, Margaret Petroff, Shannon Manning, “Two-Component System Diversity Across Group B Streptococcus (GBS) Clinical Isolates”, International Symposium on Streptococcus agalactiae Disease (2018) Oral Presentation
  2. Cole McCutcheon, Margaret Petroff, Shannon Manning, “Characterization of Membrane Vesicle Production and Composition Between Invasive and Colonizing Isolates of Group B Streptococcus”, Society for Reproductive Investigation (2019) Poster Presentation
  3. Cole McCutcheon, Margaret Petroff, Shannon Manning, “Characterization of a Murine Model of Ascending Infection”, Michigan Alliance for Reproductive Technologies and Science (2018) Poster Presentation