Current members and lab associates:
Rohini Singh - PhD student
Microbes are found associated with various organisms, from plants to animals to humans. They effect their host’s physiology, fitness and evolution. While the effects of symbionts on infecting individuals are well documented, their social effects are not well studied. I am interested in understanding the fitness consequences and social effects of one such microbial endosymbiont, Wolbachia. Using pharaoh ants and its association with Wolbachia as a model system, I plan to systematically investigate the effect of infection on social behavior, colony fitness, sex ratio and host gene expression.
For my Masters thesis, I constructed a novel pilot tool for genome-wide investigation of allelic variants contributing to trait variation in budding yeast. Apart from research, I am actively involved in outreach initiatives promoting and encouraging young students to pursue basic sciences.
Michael Warner - PhD student
Ben Cushing - undergraduate research assistant
I'm a second-year undergraduate at Penn interested in influences on decision making. Cognitive neuroscience, ecology, and philosophy of mind are among the fields relevant to my interests.
Adrian Kase - undergraduate research assistant
I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Pennsylvania interested in evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology.
Gina Liu - undergraduate research assistant
I'm a third-year undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests include computational biology, epidemiology, and behavioral ecology.
Jessica Lipponen - undergraduate research assistant
I am an undergraduate student at Penn interested in evolution, genetics, and animal behavior/decision-making, and particularly the relationships among these. Evolutionary biology, genetics, anatomy/physiology, and psychology are among my broad areas of interest.
Emily Molloy - undergraduate research assistant
Maggie Taylor - undergraduate research assistant
Post doctoral researcher
2014-2015 Michael Simone-Finstrom, currently a Research Molecular Biologist at USDA Baton Rouge, LA
2011-2013 Sandra Rehan, currently an assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire
Research Technician / Lab Manager
2015 Taylor Tai
2013-2014 Michael Warner, currently a graduate student in UPenn Biology
2012-2013 Katie Miller, currently a graudate student in the Helms Cahan Lab at the University of Vermont
2011-2012 Nadeesha Perera, currently a graduate student at Duke University
Undergraduate student researchers
2015 Gene Limb
2015 Xinyi Cai
2015 Chad Nachiappan
2014-2015 Ryan Mayers
summer 2015, Dimitri Diagne
2014-2015 Danica Fine
2014 Hannah Cabot
2014 Kwaku Quansah
2012-2015 Aisling Zhao
2014-2015 Alexandra Sepulveda
2014 Christina Nelson
2012-2013 Benjamin Martinez
2012-2014 Kristie Bauman
2012-2014 Pryia Patel
2012-2014 Michael Wong, currently a graduate student at the University of Illinois
2013 Franklin Brown
2013 Run Ze Cao
2012-2013 Karmi Oxman, currently a lab technician in the Shafir lab at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
High school student researchers
2014 Colby Saxton
2013 Benjamin Wagner