Lab Personnel


Dr. Nohra Mateus-Pinilla

D.V.M., M.S., Veterinary Internal Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
MBA, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Research Scientist

Dr. Nelda A. Rivera

D.V.M., Doctor in Veterinary Medicine, University of Panamá.
M.S., Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Current Position: Research Scientist, Illinois Natural History Survey.

Research Affiliate

 Daniel B. Raudabaugh, Ph.D.

Ph.D. – Plant Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA.
M.S. – Plant Biology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA.
B.S. – in Biology, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania, USA

Current Position: Research affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey.

Heather L. Kopsco
Disease Ecologist

Ph.D. – Biological and Environmental Sciences (Concentration: Ecology and Ecosystem Sciences)
M.S. – Biology (Concentration: Ecology and Evolution)
B.S. –Baccalaureate of Science (Cum laude) – Biology

Current Position: Research affiliate, Illinois Natural History Survey.

Academic Staff

William M. Brown
GIS Analyst

Current Position: Academic Staff, Illinois Natural History Survey.

Amber Zilinger

Current Position: Academic Assistant, Illinois Natural History Survey.

Sara P. Villazan Perez-Girones

Current Position: Visiting Scientific Specialist

Tooba Latif

Current Position: Academic Research Technician

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Jameson Mori, Ph.D.

Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher, Illinois Natural History Survey.

Graduate Students

Evan London

M.S. – 2021 – Animal Sciences/Bioinformatics – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

B.S. – 2018 – Molecular Cell Biology – University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Minor in Scandinavian Studies. Neuroscience Certificate Awarded for completing a set of courses pertaining to neuroscience.

Current Position: Ph.D. Student and Lab Manager, Wildlife Veterinary Epidemiology Lab, Illinois Natural History Survey.

Nicole Pietrunti

2019 | B.S. in Wildlife Ecology | University of Wisconsin-Madison

Current Position: Graduate Research Assistant | Illinois Natural History Survey | Prairie Research Institute

M.S. Student in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Forbes Biological Station Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center | Wildlife Veterinary Epidemiology Laboratory


Joey He

Professional Students

Past Lab members

Graduate Students/Alumni:
Drew Becker
Kourtney Cone
Shannon Fredebaugh
Amy Kelly
Jennifer Rydzewski
Jeff Horn
Jennifer M. Wise
Emily Jewell
Terry L. Miller
Nelda A. Rivera

Undergraduate Students:
Kendall Annetti
Melissa Cavaretta
Katie Monick
Julie Nelson
Gretchen Anchor
Lucas Budden
Laura McCormick
Jennifer Sheehan
Kimberly L. Wagen
Ilse Williams
Maureen Holowinski
Michael Buhnerkempee
Rebekah Kunkel
Pete Plescia
Geriann Albers
Jennie Lee
Mike Watrobka
Beckey Howell

Brad Danner
Trent Reeves
Janet Thornhill
Sergio Alvarez Carrion
Matthew Nickols
Matt Ulrich
Samantha Carpenter