Craige Lab Team
Siobhan Craige, Ph.D.
Siobhan Craige completed her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Dean P. Jones at Emory University studying biological reduction/oxidation (redox) couples. Her postdoctoral training was conducted in the laboratory of John F. Keaney, Jr. at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she studied ROS signaling in the vascular endothelium. In August 2018, she began her independent laboratory in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise at Virginia Tech. Currently the Craige Lab is focusing on diet and exercise-induced ROS signaling. Craige is heavily invested in mentoring her lab members and seeks out individuals to join her lab group that are exceptionally curious, highly motivated, and who enjoy working as a team.
Adele Addington, Ph.D.
Adele Addington is the Craig lab manager. She earned her B.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from Virginia Tech, has taught college level chemistry and biochemistry at a number of undergraduate institutions for 12 years, and worked as a lab/project manager at the university since 2008. She enjoys working with students and teaching the fundamental chemical and biochemical principles behind the techniques used in the lab. Outside of the lab, she spends time with her family enjoying the outdoors and many sports, especially college football and softball.
Jacob Bond is a doctoral student in Virginia Tech's Translational Biology, Medicine, and Health program. He is committed to research that tangibly impacts health practice and policy. He is fascinated by exercise science and endothelial biology in the context of chronic disease, especially endothelial dysfunction, atherosclerosis, and obesity. He seeks to understand the fundamental biochemistry and molecular signaling underpinning;exercise as it represents the most powerful tool available to fight chronic disease. Bond wants to assist in the development of optimal lifestyle prescriptions that guide the safe and effective discovery and design of therapies for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Outside of the lab, he enjoys CrossFit and applying his fitness to all things under the sun. He loves to laugh, make bonfires, go tubing, toss frisbee, go hiking and walking, and enjoying lighthearted shenanigans with friends at breweries and wineries.
Rebecca Mammel is a current HNFE doctoral student with a concentration in molecular and cellular sciences. Rebecca, a native Michigander, received her B.S. in Genomics and Molecular Genetics & Human Biology from Michigan State University in 2020. Combining her passions in science and athletics, she is excited to learn more about molecular response to exercise. In addition to research, Mammel is a part of Virginia Tech’s track and field team. Some of her favorite things are laughing with friends, olympic lifting (specifically snatching), cooking, and running Western Blots.
Kalyn Specht is a doctoral student in HNFE's molecular and cellular science option. Her interest in research started in college where she worked in a mitochondrial bioenergetics lab. The overarching question to her current work is how reactive oxygen species promote metabolic adaptation, and more specifically, how redox signaling in the endothelium promotes skeletal muscle metabolic adaptation during conditions of stress. In her spare time, she enjoys weight lifting, spending time with friends and family, going on long walks with her dog, and drinking coffee.
Tyler Bridges is very interested in furthering his understanding of basic and advanced assays in molecular biology. His background is in molecular paleontology, and he hope to one day be able to apply the skills learned here to that field and be able to better understand the process between death and fossilization.
Christina Green is a senior majoring in HNFE. She loves sports, especially basketball and soccer, and keeps busy by playing on the Women’s Club Basketball team, participating in intramurals with friends, hiking, painting, and volunteering in the lab. After graduation in May, she plans to pursue a career as a healthcare provider, either as a physician or nurse practitioner.
Maria Hunt is a senior majoring in HNFE and Biomedical Sciences. She plans to attend medical school after taking a gap year once she graduates. In her spare time, Hunt enjoys horseback riding, reading, watching television, and hanging out with friends.
Genet Mehari is a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Biochemistry. She works as a volunteer in the Craige Lab and recieves mentorship from Kalyn Specht. She intends to pursue medical school to become either a physician or physician scientist in the future. In her free time, she enjoys running, reading, and spending time with friends.
Nabeel Siddiqui is an undergraduate research assistant for the Craige Lab and a HNFE sophomore with aspirations of going to medical school. Siddiqui works mainly with Jacob Bond on exercise science research; specifically, he interrogates the role exercise can play on obesity-induced bone metabolic dysfunction. In his free time, he enjoys going to the gym, playing the guitar, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.