© 2019 by The Bess Lab.

The Bess Lab

Discovering & Engineering Microbiome Chemistry 

WHO WE ARE

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.

THE TEAM
Elizabeth Bess, Ph.D.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

elizabeth.bess [at] uci.edu

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Kimberly Ly

GNOTOBIOTIC/LAB MANAGER

ly.kimberly [at] uci.edu

Favorite Qoute:
"Failure is the greatest teacher." - Udai Yadla

Known for...

being the mother of mice.

Barry Rich

GRADUATE STUDENT

berich [at] uci.edu

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

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER

cortizde [at] uci.edu

Favorite Quote:

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

Known for...

making killer guacamole and having wild pets.

Jayme Jackson

GRADUATE STUDENT

jaymecj [at] uci.edu

Favorite Quote:
“The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
– Mark Twain

Known for...

having a spot on sarcastic comment and making a fine chicken curry.

Christina Xu

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

christx2 [at] uci.edu

Favorite Quote: 

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

- Confucius

Known for...

excellent time management skills and being detail oriented.

Brianna Robbins

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

briannkr [at] uci.edu

Favorite Quote:
"And remember bad times are just times that are bad."

-Katrina from Animal Crossing

Known for...

going to bed far too early for my age, and being the "only one" not procrastinating my school work.

Ruby

TEAM MASCOT

Image courtesy of The Dogist

Favorite Quote: 

"Bunnies! Squirrels!" 

-Anonymous

Known for...

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

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