M.S. Students


Sean Cleary
Hometown: Chalfont, PA
Undergraduate institution: The University of Scranton
Undergraduate degree:  B.S. in Biology
Career goal: M.D. or D.O.
Research interests: Microbiology
Research mentor: Dr. Shantanu Bhatt
Research description: Roles of the RNA chaperone proteins Hfq and CsrA in the novel enteropathogen Escherichia albertii, which causes infantile diarrhea


Mo Kalmbacher
Hometown: Wilmington, DE
Undergraduate degree:  Environmental Science
Career goal: Gain some work life experience and then pursue a doctorate
Research interests: Ecology


Brian Kron
Hometown: Lansdale, PA
Undergraduate institution: Delaware Valley University
Undergraduate degree:  B.S. in Conservation and Wildlife Management
Career goal: PhD, then industry
Research interests: Conservation and Ecology
Research mentor: Dr. Scott McRobert
Research description: Diamondback terrapin ecology and conservation as it relates to changes in salinity and temperature in their environment


Justin Platt
Hometown: Chester, PA
Undergraduate institution: Xavier University of Louisiana
Undergraduate degree:  B.S. in Biology
Career goal: Medical School
Research mentor: Dr. Matthew Nelson
Research interests:  Genetics


Elizabeth Rybakovsky
Hometown: Shavertown, PA
Undergraduate institution: King's College
Undergraduate degree:  B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry
Career goal: Research
Research mentor: Dr. Jim Mullin (Lankenau Institute for Medical Research)
Research description: Effects of Ebola on epithelial barrier


Christopher Saul
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Undergraduate institution: West Chester University
Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology
Research mentor: Dr. Matthew Nelson
Research description: Biomarkers of stress from sleep deprivation


Ryan Schuck
Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
Undergraduate institution: Saint Joseph's University
Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Biology
Research interests:  Cellular and molecular biology
Research mentor: Dr. Matthew Nelson
Research description: Temporal analysis of AMPK activation during stress-induced sleep in C. elegans


Alessandro P. Sparacio
Hometown: Mullica Hill, NJ
Undergraduate institution: Saint Joseph's University
Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Biology
Career goal:  Practice medicine and engage in biomedical research.
Research interests:  Neurobiology, Physiology, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology
Research mentor: Dr. Matthew Nelson
Research description: Ultrastructural changes to the C. elegans grinder  and muscle during molting periods


Nicole Vernachio
Hometown: Gilbertsville, PA
Undergraduate institution: West Chester University
Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Biology
Career goal:  Teaching or job in environmental field
Research interests:  Ecology and Plants
Research mentor: TBD


Megan Watson
Hometown: Hancock, MD
Undergraduate institution: Arcadia University
Research interests: Microbiology and Pathogens


Wenlan Yu
Hometown: Beijing, China
Undergraduate institution: Saint Joseph's University
Undergraduate degree: B.S. in Biology
Career goal:  Ph.D. program
Research interests: Molecular biology
Research mentor: Dr. Karen Snetselaar
Research description: Identification of mutate genes that cause mating defects in Ustilago maydis

M.A. Students

Wunmi Amoso
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Undergraduate institution: University of Minnesota
Undergraduate degree:  B.S. in Biology
Research interests: Infectious diseases
Career goal: Clinical research and further study in Biological Sciences
Ronald Jackson
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate institution: LaSalle University
Undergraduate degree:  B.S. in Biology
Research interests: Animal behavior and ecology
Career goal: Vet school or animal research
Lacey Malone
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergraduate institution: University of Pittsburgh
Career goal: Medical School


Mi Tran
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Undergraduate institution: Drexel University
Undergraduate degree:  Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences
Research interests: Human anatomy and microbiology
Career goal:  Clinical research or medical related field