Postdocs & Students

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler : Post-doctoral Researcher

Catalina Cuellar-Gempeler

Post-doctoral Researcher

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Catalina joined the lab in summer 2016, having graduated from Mathew Leibold's lab at Univ. Texas, Austin. She is a shared post-doc with Tom Miller, but is primarily based at Florida State University. She is studying the community ecology of the microbial inquiline communities of pitcher plants. Catalina has accepted a position as Assistant Professor at Humboldt State starting in Fall 2018!

Chelsea Brisson : Master's Student

Chelsea Brisson

Master's Student

Chelsea graduated from Eastern Connecticut University, where she worked with CSUN alumnus, Josh Idjadi. She is currently examining how bacteria affect the performance of different genotypes of Symbiodinium, an important algal symbiont on coral reefs. She is also interested in how bacteria affect the interactions between algal symbionts and their coral hosts. In her spare time, Chelsea is an avid hiker and fan of anything outdoors, having spent time before grad school hiking the entire Appalachian Trail.

Jennica Moffat : Master's Student

Jennica Moffat

Master's Student

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Jennica is joining the lab in Fall 2018! She will be arriving from UC Davis, where she did her Bachelor's degree and is currently working as a technician.

Angela Vela : Undergraduate Researcher

Angela Vela

Undergraduate Researcher

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After working in the lab for the past year, Angela is set to start graduate school in Yoshie Hanzawa's lab in Fall 2018!

Emily Chea : Undergraduate Researcher

Emily Chea

Undergraduate Researcher

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Headed into her junior year, Emily started working in the lab in Summer 2018 and is examining trait variation in Symbiodinium.