Program Trainees

Program Trainees

Maxfield Comstock  graduated from Harvey Mudd College in 2016 with a B.S. in mathematics and computer science. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he worked as a software engineer for PillPack (now part of Amazon), a pharmacy company that delivers and organizes prescriptions for their customers, where his areas of focus included shipping logistics, automation, networking, and cloud infrastructure. Maxfield is now began the Ph.D. program in CSE at Georgia Tech in 2020 and is advised by Professor Elizabeth Cherry. His current projects include parameter fitting and data assimilation for cardiac models, and interactively simulating large numbers of flocking birds using WebGL. Maxfield has found that his research is informed by computer science, software engineering, numerous mathematical disciplines, physics, biology, and medicine, and he am excited to be part of an interdisciplinary group that takes advantage of the different perspectives and knowledge of researchers with a variety of backgrounds and personal interests.

Gabriella Chebli graduated from Agnes Scott College with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry. While an undergraduate, she conducted research under the direction of Chemistry professor Thomas Morgan to revise the structure of a class of natural products called “hyloins” that are found in the frog species Boana punctata. Chebli also worked in the lab of Biology professor, Iris Levin, studying telomere length in adult barn swallows. Chebli first joined the Kubanek Lab as an REU participant, working on a metabolomics-based project on harmful algal blooms. After graduating from Agnes Scott, she took a gap year, where she volunteered with ecotourism kayak tours with Seaside Adventure in Kachemak Bay, Alaska and interned at the Lammi Biological Station in Lammi, Finland. In the Kubanek Lab, Chebli is researching chemical ecology and assisting with an algal biofuel ponds project and maintenance of phytoplankton cultures.

Katie MacGillivray received a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from Harvard in 2014, and a Master’s in Biology from NYU in 2017. She joined the Quantitative Biosciences PhD program at Georgia Tech in 2019, where she is co-advised by Will Ratcliff and Brian Hammer. In the Ratcliff lab, she studies the early evolution of aggregative multicellular organisms, and in the Hammer lab, she studies the ways that bacteria can defend themselves against attacks by the Type VI secretion system. Katie enjoys culturing microorganisms so much that she grows mushrooms in her spare time.

You can follow Katie on Twitter at @KAMacGillivray.