Joanna Colovas

Bioinformaticist - Computational Biologist Intermediate since 2023

Research areas

  • Data Accessibility
  • mums2 development


  • BS: Michigan State University (2021)
  • MS: Michigan State University (2022)
Joanna Colovas


Joanna returned to the Schloss lab in 2023 as a Bioinformaticist, having previously been an undergraduate researcher in 2019, working with Sarah Tomkovich on Clostridium difficile. During her MS, Joanna worked on characterizing the plant microbiome of plant compartments in the common bean with Dr. Ashley Shade, as well as designing a protocol for creating your own “Mock Microbial Community” for seqeuencing and extraction applications. After her MS, Joanna completed a CDC Infectious Disease fellowship at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, where she aided the lab in building sequencing capacity.

Papers from time in Schloss lab

  1. Tomkovich S, Taylor A, King J, Colovas J, Bishop L, McBride K, Royzenblat S, Lesniak NA, Bergin IL, Schloss PD. 2021. An osmotic laxative renders mice susceptible to prolonged Clostridioides difficile colonization and hinders clearance. mSphere. 6: e00629-21. DOI: 10.1128/mSphere.00629-21.
  2. Lesniak NA, Tomkovich S, Henry A, Taylor A, Colovas J, Bishop L, McBride K, Schloss PD. 2022. Simplified fecal community transplant restores Clostridioides difficile colonization resistance to antibiotic perturbed murine communities. mBio. In press: e0136422. DOI: 10.1128/mbio.01364-22.