Lab Members

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Chris McAllister -- Chris started working in the lab in the fall of 2016. Growing up in a small town outside of Philadelphia, he graduated with distinguished honors from Neshaminy High School in 2015. Currently, he is working toward an undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology. After his time at West Chester, he is looking to enter a Ph.D. program in Genetics/Genomics or Microbiology. Ultimately, he intends for his graduate research to focus on studying the impact of genetic engineering on the growth, reproductive success, and pathogenicity of certain microbial species.
Kristen Galow -- Kristen started working in the lab in 2017. Her interest in science was initially sparked by watching nature documentaries while she was growing up. She is studying to get her degree in cell and molecular biology and is excited to see what working on a research project is like. She plans to either get a Ph.D. and do research, with a particular interest in molecular biology, or go to medical school. During her upcoming gap year, she hopes to work as a research assistant in Philadelphia.
Ryan Bacon -- Ryan started working in the lab in 2017. He returned to school after deciding to leave a career as a nurse and pursue a different path. His fascination with science and his love of surfing and sailing encouraged him to pursue a degree in marine biology. He plans to work towards his Ph.D. and wants to work at a university performing research and teaching.


Former Lab Members

Graduate Students

Ryan Houser -- Ryan worked in the lab from 2013-2016. He previously attended Millersville University where he earned a B.S. in Biology. Ryan's thesis was on the effects of predation risk on reproductive senescence in Physa. Here is a link to Ryan's paper.
Steven Bukowski -- Steve worked in the lab from 2011-2013 after receiving his B.S. in Biology at Penn State. His thesis research was on the effects of calcium availability on inducing morphological defenses in Physa acuta. Here is a link to Steve's paper.


Undergraduate Students

Nicole Bishop -- Nicole joined the lab in 2015. She is conducting independent research on the effects of lead toxicity on reproduction in Physa. Ultimately she wants to do graduate research in biology, probably in immunology.
Pablo Delis -- Pablo worked in the lab in 2015-2016. He is a Chemistry-Biology (Premed) major and plans on going to medical school specializing in trauma/emergency room medicine.
Devon Larason -- Devon worked in the lab Fall 2015-2016. She finished her B.S.Ed. in Biology is teaching High School biology classes.
Allison Devenny -- Allison joined the lab as a volunteer in Fall 2013 and did an independent project in Spring 2014 that examined how inbreeding depression in Physa acuta changes under different environmental conditions.
Lauren Neel -- Lauren joined the lab in 2013 and has worked with Dr. Gregg Phares studying the mating behavior of Lymnaea. As part of an OTS field course in Costa Rica, Lauren has done independent research projects on parental care and predator recognition in Oophaga pumilio tadpoles and pollinator attraction in Eichornia crassipes. While in the lab, Lauren did an experiment to determine how predation risk affects mating behavior in Physa acuta and how these effects change with age. She is currently working on her Master's degree at Georgia Southern University with Dr. Lance McBrayer.
Amber Mays -- Amber worked in the lab in 2013-2014, and did her senior research project on the effects of predation risk on mate recognition and the avoidance of mating with siblings (in Physa acuta). She graduated and is working as a laboratory technician.
John Henkel -- John worked in the lab in 2012 helping with an experiment that examined the effects of diet and mating system on life-history traits in Physa acuta. He graduated in 2013 with a B.S.Ed. in Biology and is teaching high school biology. Here is a link to John's paper.
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