Lab Members

The Sheik Lab continues to evolve and grow.

If you are interested in joining the lab please contact me!

Cody Sheik Ph.D
Assistant Professor
cssheik at d.umn.edu
Postdoc: University of Michigan 
PhD: University of Oklahoma
BSc: University of Oklahoma

Cody is an early career geomicrobiologist with microbial induced ADD. Cody's love for microorganisms has taken him from glaciers in Greenland to hydrothermal vents in Earth's oceans. Cody and the Sheik lab members are focused on understanding how microbial processes drive food webs in water and sediment environments. The Sheik lab has several ongoing projects that use the Laurentian Great Lakes as a natural testing ground.

Lab Members
Jennifer Knack
Co-Advised IBS PhD Student

Jen is focused on quantifying the potential for microbial invasive species from lower lakes being introduced into harbor waters of Lake Superior via ballast waters.

Jake's primary research is focused on understanding the diversity and distribution of water-column algal species across the Great Lakes. Currently, his research is focused on generating multi-season metatranscriptomic datasets and ultimately analyzing for stress response to near-shore stressors and whatever other cool stuff are present!

Jake's primary research is focused on understanding the diversity and distribution of water-column algal species across the Great Lakes. Currently, his research is focused on generating multi-season metatranscriptomic datasets and ultimately analyzing for stress response to near-shore stressors and whatever other cool stuff are present!

Jake's primary research is focused on understanding the diversity and distribution of water-column algal species across the Great Lakes. Currently, his research is focused on generating multi-season metatranscriptomic datasets and ultimately analyzing for stress response to near-shore stressors and whatever other cool stuff are present!

Jake Callaghan
WRS PhD Student
2017-Present
Emily Hyde
WRS Masters student 
2018-Present

Emily's primary research is focused on enumerating organisms involved with organic sulfur cycling and identifying key pathways used by these organisms to break down organic sulfur in low-sulfur environments like Lake Superior. 

Kaela's primary research is focused on understanding if nitrogen fixation aids cyanotoxin production in low nitrogen environments. Additionally, she is investigating the distribution of nifH genes across the great lakes and measuring fixation rates. 

Kaela Natwora
WRS Fellow
WRS -Masters 
2018-Present
Julia Halbur
Laboratory Manager
(She rocks!)
Undergraduates
Undergraduates
Former members
Mindy Morales PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
UMN Grand challenges Fellow 
Assistant Professor University of Vermont
Adam Olson 
UROP Researcher (2017)
Protein turnover in Desulfovibrio St. G11
Hannah Kreibich
UROP Researcher (2016-2017)
Now at Castle Danger Brewing Co.
Austin Sailer
Undergraduate Researcher (2016)
Ben Block
Undergraduate Researcher (2016-2017)
PhD Student at University of Vermont 
Kendall Carden
Undergraduate Researcher (2016)