Directories - Graduate Students

Department of Biological Science

at Florida State University

Graduate Students

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Each graduate student belongs to one of three administrative areas:



Graduate Student
Ales, Penelope



Email: pales@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Arambarri, Lorea



Email: larambarri@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Dennis



Graduate Student
Bartlett, Daniel



Email: dbartlett@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Gilbert



Graduate Student
Bass, Marena



Email: mbass@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Houpt



Graduate Student
Behrouz Sharif, Shahin



Email: ssharif@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Bell, Tracey



Email: tbell@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Benoit, Jane



Email: jbenoit@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Best, Rachael



Email: rachaelmbest@gmail.com
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Levitan



Graduate Student
Booker, William



Email: wbooker@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Lemmon



Graduate Student
Bouaichi, Cecilia



Email: cbouaichi@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:




Graduate Student
Bowman, Randi

My interests lie broadly in studying how depth affects coral ecology. Particularly, I aim to assess relationships between depth and corals in terms of coral-zooxanthella symbioses and community structure. Much of the mesophotic and deep sea remains understudied because of the difficulty associated with accessing such remote ecosystems, but their ecological importance merits continued study. I hope to use my research to add to the existing body of work done in these systems.

Email: rbowman@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: https://marinelab.fsu.edu/people/about-our-students/graduate-students/
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: McCoy
Second Major Professor: Brooke



Graduate Student
Brar, Amanpreet Kaur

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Email: abrar@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Jones



Graduate Student
Brown, Joshua



Email: jbrown@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Vincis



Graduate Student
Buck, Brandon



Email: bdb13@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Dennis



Graduate Student
Bui, Nina



Email: nbui@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Tang



Graduate Student
Calvin, Gabriel



Email: gcalvin@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Carroll, Christopher



Email: cc18t@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Chelette, Brandon

My research focuses on the neuromodulatory effects of voluntary exercise and modified diet with a primary concentration on the olfactory bulb.

Email: bmc09e@my.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Debra Fadool



Graduate Student
Cheng, Yichen



Email: yc14b@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Tang



Graduate Student
Chitaman, Javed



Email: jchitaman@neuro.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Feng



Graduate Student
Cissell, Ethan

I am interested in predator-prey interactions between bacteriophage and bacteria in aquatic microbial communities. My research focuses on disruptions to these interactions from changing environmental conditions, and the consequences of disruption on bacterial population dynamics.

Email: ecissell@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=IsSMLdIAAAAJ&hl=en
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. McCoy



Graduate Student
Cole, Lauren



Email: lc13g@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Dennis



Graduate Student
Cote, Jason



Email: jcote@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Houpt



Graduate Student
Datta, Ishwaree



Email: ishwareedatta94@gmail.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Bangi



Graduate Student
DeNobrega, Aliza



Email: adenobrega@mail.neuro.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Lyons



Graduate Student
Dye, Mysia



Email: mdye@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Lemmon



Graduate Student
Easterling, Katherine



Email: kae09@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Bass



Graduate Student
Ellsworth, Schyler



Email: sellsworth@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Rokyta



Graduate Student
Engleman, Abigail



Email: aengleman@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Brooke
Second Major Professor: Dr. McCoy



Graduate Student
Faircloth, Elizabeth



Email: elizabethkayefaircloth@gmail.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Underwood



Graduate Student
Fan, Jinbo



Email: jfan@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Yu



Graduate Student
Fisher, Gabrielle



Email: gtf17@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Jones



Graduate Student
Fonseka, Randula



Email: rdf15c@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Zhu



Graduate Student
Fontaine, Natasza



Email: nfontaine@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Mast



Graduate Student
Garg, Yashika



Email: ygarg@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Gatlin, Destinee



Email: dgatlin@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Graham, Jasmin



Email: grahamjr@g.cofc.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Grubbs



Graduate Student
Guerrera, Alexa

I am interested in social behavior and how interactions among conspecifics can drive evolutionary processes. Currently, I am studying the effects of male-male competition and female preference on the maintenance of genetic diversity in Trinidadian guppies.

Email: aguerrera@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Hughes



Graduate Student
Hamilton, Blake

My research interests lie in the field of fisheries ecology, more specifically with respect to elasmobranchs and their interactions with other fishes. As part of my masters research, I will be coordinating fishery-independent gillnet and longline surveys in the Florida Big Bend to continue the long-term monitoring of shark and teleost communities in this area, and use this data to investigate temporal and spatial variation in trophic interactions with the help of stable isotope analysis.

Email: bhamilton@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: https://marinelab.fsu.edu/people/about-our-students/graduate-students/
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Hedinger, Rachel



Email: rhedinger@neuro.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Feng



Graduate Student
Hill, Kate

I study sponges and their associated mesofauna to examine the ecology and evolution of mutualisms. I am currently exploring how habitat and sponge host influence the diversity and abundance of associated symbionts using field manipulations in the Florida Keys and Panama.

Email: kmhill@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Wulff



Graduate Student
Hogan, Michael



Email: mhogan@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Rokyta



Graduate Student
Holzheuser, Chace



Email: c.holzheuser@gmail.com
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Lemmon



Graduate Student
Hooks, Alexandra

I study the cost and benefits of promiscuity in a marine gastropod. I use a variety of field methods, laboratory mating designs, and molecular techniques to explore this question.

Email: ahooks@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Burgess



Graduate Student
Hoq, Rubel



Email: mhoq@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Dennis



Graduate Student
Horacek, Joseph



Email: hjhoracek3@gmail.com
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Ingels



Graduate Student
Humphrey, Eve

My research focuses on the ecological costs of predation risk and how the long-term effect of non-lethal predation influences reproduction, behavior and response of the molecular stress network. I am interested in how animals may or may not acclimate to predators over time and how natural selection may modify endocrine/behavioral responses to stress.

Email: eculbreth@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Travis



Graduate Student
Hunt, Tyler



Email: thunt@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Erickson



Graduate Student
Imhoff, Johanna

I am interested in many aspects of the ecology of marine fishes. My dissertation research focuses on community ecology of six species of deepwater sharks, particularly on differences in trophic ecology and competition based on taxonomy and depth habitat. I am also studying the effect of trophic ecology on toxicology by studying methylmercury contamination in shark muscle tissue.

Email: imhoff@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: http://marinelab.fsu.edu/people/grad-students#Johanna-Imhoff
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Grubbs



Graduate Student
Jevitt, Allison



Email: aj09f@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Deng



Graduate Student
Jones, Luke

In the Houle lab, I use experimental evolution/artificial selection and whole-genome resequencing, to research parallel genetic evolution between evolved populations of D. melanogaster and D. simulans. These two closely related species offer the ability to evaluate the predictability of genetic evolution in response to an identical selection pressure.

Email: ltjones@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Houle



Graduate Student
Kaplan, Graham



Email: gkaplan@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Feng



Graduate Student
Kettelkamp, Sarah

I am interested in evolutionary genetics, specifically in the context of sexual conflict. My dissertation is focused on understanding the genetics of female resistance to male harm in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.

Email: skettelkamp@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Travis



Graduate Student
Khadem, Mahdi



Email: mkhadem@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Koch, Bailey



Email: bkoch@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Yu



Graduate Student
Korshunov, Kirill



Email: ksk09d@my.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Trombley



Graduate Student
Kuzel, Meredith



Email: mkuzel@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: DuVal



Graduate Student
Landi Conde, Daniel



Email: drlandic@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Debra Fadool



Graduate Student
Lange, Elizabeth

I am generally interested in animal behavior, evolution and genetics. Currently I am investigating how variation in social environment may explain the maintenance of phenotypic variation. My dissertation work focuses on how genes, social environment and gene by social environment interactions influence the development of male behavioral and life history traits in sailfin mollies (Poecilia latipinna). I am also addressing how males with different life histories vary in fitness across social contexts.

Email: elange@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Hughes



Graduate Student
Lawrence, Kylie



Email: klawrence@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Rokyta



Graduate Student
Li, Linhui



Email: lli@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Loeven, Ashley

My research interests lie in understanding intracellular signaling that mediates dietary fat-induced inflammation and irreversible loss of olfactory sensory neurons in mouse models.

Email: aloeven@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Debi Fadool



Graduate Student
Lynn, Jason



Email: jlynn@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. McGinnis



Graduate Student
Ma, Siming



Email: sma@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Zhu



Graduate Student
Mackey, Calvin



Email: cmackey@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Jones



Graduate Student
Manning, Joshua

I am broadly interested in community ecology and the effects of anthropogenic stressors on organismal physiology and ecology. To date, my research has focused on ecological interactions of organisms on coral reefs and the effects of ocean acidification on algal ecology and physiology. My current PhD dissertation research focuses on the role of parrotfish behavior in driving spatial variation in benthic community structure and bioerosion on the fringing coral reefs of Bonaire, Netherlands.

Email: jmanning@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. McCoy



Graduate Student
Marin, Dylan



Email: dm19w@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Medina, Angelica



Email: mmedina@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Tang



Graduate Student
Medina, Melanie



Email: mrmedina@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Levitan



Graduate Student
Miller, Scott



Email: sdmiller@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Rassweiler



Graduate Student
Moe, Brian



Email: bmoe@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Cotton
Second Major Professor: Dr. Travis



Graduate Student
Mukherjee, Durba



Email: dmukherjee@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Houpt



Graduate Student
Murray, Daniel

Structural biology of enzymes involved in sulfur reduction

Email: dmurray@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Stroupe



Graduate Student
Mutz, Jessie

I am interested in ontogenetic shifts in how insect herbivores interact with each other and their host plants. I am currently investigating how density mediates interactions at small scales and how both density as a structuring element of populations and spatial structure itself change through the life cycle in Leptinotarsa juncta (the false potato beetle), with the ultimate goal of understanding the effects of ontogenetic shifts on population dynamics and the evolution of traits related to movement (e.g., conspecific aggregation, foraging). I also use mathematical models to explore the feedbacks between density-dependent selection and proposed mechanisms of aggregation to better characterize the pathways by which aggregation might arise as an adaptive behavior versus an emergent pattern.

Email: jmutz@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Underwood
Second Major Professor: Dr. Inouye



Graduate Student
Nystrom, Gunnar



Email: gnystrom@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Rokyta



Graduate Student
Ogden, Sarah



Email: sogden@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Tang



Graduate Student
Olsen, Kevin

In general I'm interested in the reproduction and recruitment of marine benthic invertebrates. Currently my research is focused on how heterogeneity within colonial corals may contribute to genetic diversity and coral reef resiliency.

Email: kolsen@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Levitan



Graduate Student
Osland, Jared



Email: josland@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Steppan



Graduate Student
Otwell, Taylor



Email: otwell55@yahoo.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Deng



Graduate Student
Owens, Cameron



Email: owns2342@hotmail.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Lyons



Graduate Student
Paniagua Montoya, Monica



Email: mpaniagua@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Underwood
Second Major Professor: Dr. Inouye



Graduate Student
Parnell, Amber



Email: aparnell@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Lyons



Graduate Student
Patel, Jayna



Email: jaynapatel1994@hotmail.com
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor: Dr. Storace



Graduate Student
Peterson, Cheston

I�m generally interested in the community ecology of marine fishes, with particular focus on elasmobranchs. For my dissertation I am investigating the effects of a seasonal migration of Blacktip sharks, Carcharhinus limbatus, on coastal seagrass communities in the Florida Big Bend, and I am using this system to evaluate evidence for either top-down control from a single predator species or diffuse predation through several species occupying similar trophic levels.

Email: cpeterson@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: http://marinelab.fsu.edu/people/grad-students#cheston-peterson
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Grubbs



Graduate Student
Pichardo, Fritz



Email: fpichardom@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Mast



Graduate Student
Pierre, Stacey



Email: spierre@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Pluer, Benjamin

I am broadly interested in better understanding the evolution and ecology of microbial symbionts in the digestive system of fish. In particular, I'm interested in identifying the role of digestive system microbial symbionts in alleviating the nutrient loading stress in local freshwater systems, using metagenomic and metaproteomic analysis of key microbial species, to determine contribution to adaptation.

Email: bpluer@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Travis
Second Major Professor: Dr. Hughes



Graduate Student
Powell, Jackson



Email: jpowell@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Burgess



Graduate Student
Qi, Meizhu



Email: mqi@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Debra Fadool



Graduate Student
Quintero Rodriquez, Maria



Email: mquintero@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Ramirez-Bullon, Natali

Rare species are rare for different reasons and in different ways, and understanding the causes of rarity will help refine predictions for the consequences of biodiversity loss. I am interested in understanding what makes a species rare and how some are able to persist at a stable size while others are threatened with imminent extinction. I will conduct field demographic studies to compare rare and common sister taxa, and complement these with manipulations of factors that can promote rarity to identify features that differentiate rare species that are stable from rare species that are threatened by extinction.

Email: nramirez-bullon@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Winn



Graduate Student
Rastegarpouyani, Hosna



Email: h.rastegarpouyani@gmail.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: FYAC



Graduate Student
Renfro, Bobbie



Email: brenfro@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Wulff



Graduate Student
Reza, Juan

Until recently, all our understanding of replication, development, cell signaling, and pathology has been performed in Earth-normal gravity and atmospheres. The premise of my research is that we can learn more about those molecular-level systems when the model organism is exposed to the exotic pressures. We have explored technical problems of investigating Systemic Adaptive Resistance in maize that has involved the development of procedures and tools.

Email: jreza@fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Bass



Graduate Student
Ridall, Aaron

I am broadly interested in understanding how anthropogenic pollution is affecting marine environments. I am particularly interested in how the presence of microplastics changes nutrient availability in subtidal sediments. My current research focuses on quantifying the effects of microplastics on marine biogeochemistry, specifically carbon and nitrogen cycling, in the subtidal sediments of the northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Email: aridall@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Ingels



Graduate Student
Rivers, Pearl



Email: privers@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. DuVal



Graduate Student
Row, Sarayu



Email: sr13r@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Deng



Graduate Student
Roy, Sayantan



Email: sayantanroybcm@yahoo.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Yin



Graduate Student
Saltzberg, Carl



Email: carlsaltzberg@gmail.com
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Steppan



Graduate Student
Sayed, Sadia



Email: ssayed@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Chadwick



Graduate Student
Scherer, Brendan

My research has two primary directions. The first uses 16s rRNA sequencing to describe endophytic bacterial diversity in mangrove trees, especially Rhizophora mangle. The second direction uses RADseq methods to investigate the ongoing range expansion of R. mangle into the Florida Panhandle and aims to determine the relative importance of long and short-distance dispersal.

Email: bscherer@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: http://mastlab.org/people/brendan-scherer
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Mast



Graduate Student
Schulte, Lauren



Email: lschulte@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. McGinnis



Graduate Student
Schumm, Matthew

My interests include population dynamics, distributions and evolution of (mostly marine and aquatic) organisms, along with development of new quantitative modeling approaches. A current focus of research is eco-evolutionary impacts of harvest on populations.

Email: mschumm@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: http://sites.google.com/view/mschumm
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Okamoto



Graduate Student
Seberg, Andrew



Email: aps11b@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Chadwick



Graduate Student
Seibert, Charlie



Email: cseibert@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Fraser



Graduate Student
Shi, Yun



Email: yshi@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Yu



Graduate Student
Snyder, Allison

I am interested in how fire affects plant-pollinator communities. In particular, I aim to look at how fire mosaics and fire intensity can affect pollinator survival and plant reproduction in Southeastern pine savanna communities.

Email: asnyder@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Inouye
Second Major Professor: Dr. Underwood



Graduate Student
Song, Sixian



Email: songsixian_apply@163.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Spindel, Nathan



Email: nspindel@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Okamoto



Graduate Student
Srinivasan, Divyaa



Email: dsrinivasan@bio.fsu.edu
Homepage: https://www.bio.fsu.edu/~fraserlab/
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Fraser



Graduate Student
Strawhand, Alexander



Email: astrawhand@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Wulff



Graduate Student
Sussman, Michael



Email: sussmmic@gmail.com
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Dennis
Second Major Professor: Dr. Lyons



Graduate Student
Torrence, Kathleen



Email: kgt14@my.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Steppan



Graduate Student
Turner, Jesse



Email: jturner@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Gilbert



Graduate Student
Turpin, Zachary



Email: zturpin@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Bass



Graduate Student
Urlich, Paola



Email: pu19@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Valvo, Jennifer

I am interested in how phenotypic and genetic variation are maintained in ecologically relevant traits that are under strong natural selection. I examine this by looking at the behavioral and genomic mechanisms underlying female mate preference and the maintenance of polymorphism in Trinidad guppies (Poecilia reticulata) and their close relatives, Poecilia picta.

Email: jv13f@my.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Hughes



Graduate Student
Vendramin Alegre, Stefania



Email: svendramin@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. McGinnis



Graduate Student
Vogel, Margaret

I am interested in ecological processes and community dynamics that occur on a micro-scale. My current work examines the composition and structure of microbial communities that live on seagrass blades and the relationship these communities have with their seagrass host.

Email: mvogel@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Miller



Graduate Student
Vouzas, Athanasios



Email: avouzas@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Gilbert



Graduate Student
Waddell, Nick



Email: nwaddell@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Feng



Graduate Student
Walia, Nidhi



Email: nwalia@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Wang, Miao



Email: mw18f@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Zhu



Graduate Student
Ward, Micaiah

I am using experimental evolution to understand and identify the mechanisms and targets associated with venom resistance, which has required micro-injecting tens of thousands of fruit flies with dilute doses of centipede venom. My work aims to address questions in both evolutionary and molecular biology in terms of better understanding the coevolutionary arms race between predator and prey, as well as identifying medically significant toxins and their targets for use in therapeutic development.

Email: mward@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Rokyta



Graduate Student
Westervelt, Natalia

Research focus is the role of long tandem repeats on the X chromosome and their involvement in X inactivation and other pathways.

Email: nwestervelt@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Chadwick



Graduate Student
Whalen, Niall



Email: nwhalen@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Erickson



Graduate Student
Whitcher, Courtney

I am broadly interested in the evolution of visual and auditory signals in anuran communication and sexual selection. My current project focuses on examining the role of biofluorescence in mate choice and predation of frogs.

Email: cwhitcher@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Lemmon



Graduate Student
Wiebush, Molly



King Building (4370)
Email: mwiebush@fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor: Dr. Underwood
Second Major Professor: Dr. Inouye



Graduate Student
Wooten, April



Email: awooten@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Ecology & Evolution
Major Professor:



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Graduate Student
Yang, Rui



Email: ryang@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Yoest, Andrea

My research interests involve X chromosome inactivation and genes expressed exclusively in the X inactivation center (XIC), mainly the X-inactive specific transcript (XIST). I also study posttranslational modifications of the X chromosome and how they are involved in X inactivation and gene expression.

Email: ayoest@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Chadwick



Graduate Student
Zelinka, Chris



Email: czelinka@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Neuroscience
Major Professor:



Graduate Student
Zhao, Peiyao



Email: pzhao@bio.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Dr. Gilbert



Graduate Student
Zhao, Yijing

I am interested in studying the impact of Zika virus on cell cycle progression.

Email: yz18@my.fsu.edu
Area: Cell and Molecular Biology
Major Professor: