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Biological Sciences

Graduate Students

We have a large and active graduate program. This page includes only those graduate students who have agreed to be listed and supplied their information. Students are removed from the list once they have graduated.

Abdulrahman Aldawish
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mohammad Yousef
Research Topic: Molecular biology.
Office:
abdalda@siue.edu

Dzifa Amengor
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vance McCracken
Research Topic: Antimicrobial properties of Verbesina negrensis extracts against Helicobacter pylori
Office: SLW 1013

Kelsey Bernard
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Faith Liebl
Research Topic: Investigating the effects of autophagy proteins on glutamatergic synapses in Drosophila melanogaster.
Office: SLW 1345
keberna@siue.edu

Brooke Bryson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kurt Schulz
Research Topic: Growth and morphological impacts of copper contamination on Acer negundo.
Office: SLW 0005
bbryson@siue.edu

Jenn Caldwell
Faculty Advisor: Dr. William Retzlaff
Research Topic: Storm water runoff retention by native plants on green roofs.
Office:
jcaldw@siue.edu

Hali Carls
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Luci Kohn
Research Topic: Forensic Science: the application of multidimensional spectroscopy to identify bodily fluids left at crime scenes.
Office: SLW 0013
hcarls@siue.edu

Justin Church
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Jennings
Research Topic: Sequence comparisons of growth regulatory genes in closely related Anolis (Sauria, Iguanidae) lizards of differing body size.
Office: SLW 0013
juchurc@siue.edu

Kristina Copeland
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chris Theodorakis
Research Topic: Molecular indicators of Cu, ZnO, and Ag nanoparticle-induced oxidative stress and the effects on DNA damage.
Office: SLW 2115
kcopela@siue.edu

Zak French
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Minchin
Research Topic: Analysis of avian communities in fragmented oak-hickory forest in southwestern Illinois.
zakfrench1983@gmail.com

Seth Griffis
Faculty advisor: Dr. David Jennings
Research Topic: Sequence comparisons of insulin-like growth factor 1 and Insulin-like growth factor binding protein genes in closely related Anolis lizards of differing body size
Office: SLW 0013
segriff@Siue.edu

Lisa Hebenstreit
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Essner
Research Topic: Conservation of the Illinois chorus frog.
Office: SLW 0225
lhebens@siue.edu

Jason Holdener
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jake Williams
Research Topic: Comparing age vs metabolic activity on mitochondrial health in honey bees.
Office: SLW 1365
jashold@siue.edu

Nichalas K. Horn
Faculty Advisors: Dr. Amy Hubert and Dr. Chris Theodorakis
Research Topic: Nanoparticle toxicity in planarian flatworms.
Office: SLW 1013
nihorn@siue.edu

Candi Johnson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Essner
Research Topic: Comparing jumping and feeding behaviors in Northern leopard frogs.
Office: SLW 0225
canjohn@siue.edu

Jacob Kaiser
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Minchin
Research Topic: Effects of feral cat density on populations of mesopredators, birds, and small mammals.
Office: SLW 0315
jakaise@siue.edu

Daniel Karcher
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tom Fowler
Research Topic: Mating and genetic regulation in filamentous fungi.
Office: SLW 1003
dkarche@siue.edu

Candace Karnish
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jake Williams
Research Topic: Repeated freeze cycle impact on insect immunity.
Office: SLW 1365
ckarnis@siue.edu

Kassie Karssen
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Minchin
Research Topic: Resource utilization in a headstarted population of Ornate Box Turtles, Terrapene ornata ornata, in Northern Illinois.
Office: SLW 0205 (Wed 10-11 & Fri 9-10)
kkarsse@siue.edu

Haley Kutosky
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vance McCracken
Research Topic: Microbial ecology
Office: SLW 1013
hkutosk@siue.edu

Dillan Laaker
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Minchin
Research Topic: Restoration ecology.
Office: SLW 0315
dlaaker@siue.edu

Kyle Lincoln
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tom Fowler
Research Topic: Molecular biology.
Office: SLW 1003
kylinco@siue.edu

Jessica Loethen
Faculty advisor: Dr. Paul Brunkow
Research Topic: Fish morphology and behavior.
Office: SLW 0215
jloethe@siue.edu

Katelyn Logan
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vance McCracken
Research Topic: A study of the interactions between Verbesina negrensis derived extractions on Helicobacter pylori.
Office: SLW 1013
kalogan@siue.edu

Lindsay Longfellow
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Luci Kohn
Research Topic: Craniofacial variation in Illinois raccoons.

Elisa Morales
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Darron Luesse
Research Topic: Identification of mutation in Arabidopsis thaliana Gravity Persistent Signal 5.
Office: SLW 1023
emorale@siue.edu

Eric Mueller
Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Jennings
Research Topic: Endocrine mechanisms of evolutionary changes in body size of Anolis lizards.
Office: SLW 0013
ermuell@siue.edu

Allison Newton
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Darron Luesse
Research Topic: Analysis of Arabidopsis thaliana berberine bridge enzyme-like genes.
Office: SLW 1023
anewton@siue.edu

Stacia Novy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Essner
Research Topic: Geometric morphometrics in neotropical hawks and eagles.
Office: SLW 0225
snovy@siue.edu

Corrinne O'Brien
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Rick Essner
Research Topic: Amphibian conservation
Office: SLW 0225
coobrie@siue.edu

Audie Perniciaro
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Vance McCracken
Research Topic: Microbial ecology of the mouse gastrointestinal tract.
Office: SLW 1013
apernic@siue.edu

Savanna Reeves
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Brunkow
Research Topic: Fish morphology and feeding behavior.
Office: SLW 0205
sreeves@siue.edu

Bradley Richards
Faculty advisor: Dr. Jake Williams
Research Topic: Cryogenics and effects of climate change on insect physiology.
Office:
brarich@siue.edu

David Seidel
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Brunkow
Research Topic: Drag effects of epibionts on freshwater gastropods.
Office: SLW 0205
dseidel@siue.edu

Alycia Sorenson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Paul Brunkow
Research Topic: Fish morphology and behavior.
Office: SLW 0205
asorens@siue.edu

Katie Stoltz
Faculty advisor: Dr. David Jennings
Research Topic: Behavioral responses of Lithobates blairi tadpoles to cues from predators and conspecifics.
Office: SLW 0013
kstoltz@siue.edu

Lucero Villarreal
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Hubert
Research Topic: Planarian regeneration mechanisms (stem cells).
Office: SLW 1013
lvillar@siue.edu

Kyle Wilm
Faculty advisor: Dr. Kevin Krajniak
Research Topic: A correlative study into the structure-function relationship using FMRFamide-related peptides within invertebrate intestinal tissue.
Office: SLW 0225
kwilm@siue.edu

Ian Wilson
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Hubert
Research Topic: Planarian regeneration mechanisms.
Office: SLW 1013
iwilsaa@siue.edu

Taylor Wise
Faculty advisor: Dr. Kurt Schulz
Research Topic: Plant ecology / prairie research.
Office: SLW 0005
tawise@siue.edu

Sahar Zeinali
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Zhi-Qing Lin
Research Topic: Bio-accumulation and bio-transformation of nano-selenium in soil-wheat system.
Office: SLW 2095
szeinal@siue.edu

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