The Bess Lab

Discovering & Engineering Microbiome Chemistry 


In the Bess Lab, we are an interdisciplinary, collaborative bunch who think neat science happens when we fuse diverse perspectives. We welcome chemists (organic, bio, and analytical) and biologists (micro and computational) who are eager to learn new skills and to share their expertise.

If you're a motivated scientist who's interested in joining our team, send your CV and cover letter (summarizing your research interests and goals) to Professor Bess.

Elizabeth N. Bess, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator

elizabeth.bess [at]

More here.


Barry Rich

Graduate Student

berich [at]

Favorite Quote:
"It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." - Ursula K. Le Guin

Known for...

always having a pun ready and quick literature searches. 


Lizett Ortiz de Ora Ortiz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

cortizde [at]

Favorite Quote:

"The difficult takes time, the impossible just takes a little longer.” - Anonymous

Known for...

making killer guacamole and having wild pets.


Michael Faryab

Master's Student

mfaryab [at]

Favorite Quote:
"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self." - Ernest Hemingway

Known for...

a deep appreciation for finely crafted boots and fragrances.


Kylie Uyeda

Graduate Student

ksuyeda [at]

Favorite Quote:

""You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" -Wayne Gretsky" -Michael Scott"

Known for...

collecting souvenir pins, keeping a tidy bullet journal, and being a crazy dog mom.


Zane Long

Graduate Student

zglong [at]

Favorite Quote:

"We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done." - Alan Turing

Known for...

my cats and hobbies (archery and table-top games).



Team Mascot

Image courtesy of The Dogist

Favorite Quote: 

"Bunnies! Squirrels!"  -Anonymous

Known for...

her deep thoughts, stellar intelligence, and love of boiled eggs!

Paola Nol (2019) - Teaching Assistant at Northwestern University
Orla Hannon (2019) - Pre-Medical student at University of California, Irvine

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