Luke Helminiak

B.S., 2015, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
Advisor: Hwan Kim

Research Interests

Luke performed undergraduate research on the molecular events underlying red-light perception and signaling in Aradopsis thaliana. He worked at the Mayo Clinic following completion of his Bachelor's degree at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and gained valuable experience with Next Generation Sequencing. His current research interests include vector-borne pathogens and the development of diagnostic tests.

Honors and Awards



Helminiak, L., Mishra, S., and Kim, H.K. (2022). Pathogenicity and virulence of Rickettsia. Virulence 13(1): 1752-1771.

Sohn, S.Y., Hearing, J., Mugavero, J., Kirillov, Varvara, Gorbunova, E., Helminiak, L., Mishra, S., Mackow, E., Hearing, P., Reich, N., and Kim, H.K. (2021). Interferon-lambda intranasal protection and differential sex pathology in a murine model of SARS-CoV-2 infection. mBio, in press.

Yen, W.Y., Stern, K., Mishra, S., Helminiak, L., Sanchez-Vicente, S., and Kim, H.K. (2021). Virulence potential of Rickettsia amblyommatis for spotted fever pathogenesis in mice. Pathogens and Disease 79(5): ftabo24.

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