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Sulesky, Abby

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
6118 Biomedical Physical Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-5371




Abby is a first year PhD student in Dr. Ashley Shade’s lab in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior program. Her current work is in microbial ecology, focusing on the effects of plant stress on the seed microbiome of the common bean, and the heritability of the plant microbiome through the seed. Abby has always had a strong interest in combining microbiology and ecology to study environmental issues and find solutions to impacts from human land use and climate change. Abby received her bachelors degree from Michigan State University in 2018 with a dual major in Microbiology and Environmental Science. As an undergraduate she worked in a plant ecology lab studying variation in plant traits based on latitudinal gradients, and conducted independent research on fungal pathogen resistance in PokeweedAdditionally, she participated in a summer research program with the Colorado Center for Biorefining and Bioproducts at Colorado State University studying the optimization of cyanobacteria production for biofuel feedstock.


A.H. Hughes, A. Sulesky, B. Andersson, G. Peers. 2018. Sulfate amendment improves the growth and bioremediation capacity of a cyanobacteria cultured on municipal wastewater centrate. Algal Research 32: 30-37.