Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Alejandra Rodriguez Verdugo
Alejandra started an Assistant Professor position at UCI in April 2019 after a four year postdoc at ETH Zürich. She received a B.S. degree in Biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and a Ph.D. degree in Evolutionary Biology at UCI.


Zoran Marinkovic

Zoran joined the lab in August 2019. He earned his Ph.D. from Sorbonne Paris Cité University in France and did his first postdoc at New York University. Zoran has a background in Systems and Synthetic Biology and is currently investigating bacterial single-cell responses to stress.



Undergraduate students


Melissa Martens

Melissa is a third year biological sciences major and member of the Campuswide Honors Program. She joined the lab in Winter 2020 through UCI’s Bio199 undergraduate research program. Melissa is working on a collaborative project on leaf litter microbiomes.



Former members
Derek Tang (Lab Assistant, Summer 2019)

Derek was our own first lab member! He spent his summer (June – September 2019) setting up the MicroEvoEco lab. He also helped developing our current lab guide!  Derek move back to UC Santa Barbara to finish his Bachelor of Science in Microbiology in the Oono Lab (expected graduation on Spring 2020).



We are looking for students to join the lab. If you are interested, please send me a letter of inquiry to along with your CV with the subject line “MicroEvoEco inquiry”.

The Rodriguez-Verdugo lab @ UCI promotes diversity and inclusivity.