Graduate Students

 

Jean Pierre Arditi

Jean Pierre Arditi

Advisor: Littlefield

Jean-Pierre is a dual master’s student in biology and forensic psychology. His research interests are in molecular psychopathy and neurodegeneration. Currently, Jean-Pierre is looking at stochastic expression of neuronal subset in response to behavior for behavioral mapping. He is also looking at the effects of neurodegeneration specifically Parkinson and Alzheimer’s disease and how they affect neuronal signaling pathways associated with behavior using C. elegans. 

 

Caroline Barnes

Caroline Barnes

Advisor: Major & Sherman

Caroline is a second year Masters student in biology with an interest in photosynthesis and the complex molecular mechanisms of photosynthetic adaption in extreme environments. Her current project is focused on extremophilic green algae and how their physiology changes when exposed to varying environmental conditions and then identifying which proteins are playing a role in the changing physiology.

 

Stephanie Bulls

Stephanie Bulls

Advisor: Sherman & Glaberman

Stephanie is interested in studying how species react to diseases and pathogenic pressures on an evolutionary scale. Her current project investigates the mechanisms that allow some species to grow large and live long. She uses computational genomics and live cell work to look for novel anti-aging and tumor suppression mechanisms in these large, long-lived species.

 

Dawn Canterbury

Dawn Canterbury

Advisor: Chupp & Strickland

Dawn is a Master’s student working on disease prevalence, immune system gene diversity, and urban ecology of gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) in Southwest Alabama.  When Dawn isn't "noodling" for gopher tortoises, she enjoys fishing, hiking and crocheting with her cat.

 

 

Falon Humphries

Falon Humphries

Advisor: Ni Chadhain

Falon is a second year Master’s student working on microbial source tracking in Mobile and Baldwin counties. Falon works to find the sources of microbial contamination in local bodies of water with molecular and culture based isolation methods. This data is used to influence water quality management and policy. Falon earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Spring Hill College.

 

Skyler Kerr

Skyler Kerr

Advisor: McCreadie

Skyler is a second year Master's student working on faunal distributions of ticks and the diseases they carry throughout the state of Alabama. Skyler earned a Bachelor's degree in Entomology from the University of Georgia where he worked in UGA's black fly lab. Although his primary interests are Entomological he is also interested in both Mycology and Herpetology

 

Getty Hammer

Getty Hammer

Advisor: Major

Getty is a Master’s Student studying the biology and ecology of vascular plants. My research is focused on vascular plant community ecology in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. By investigating historical and current shifts in plant community structure in the Delta, I hope to provide further evidence for global climate change and meaningful methods of conservation in coastal wetland communities

 

Madison Nelson

Madison Nelson

Advisor: Henning

Madison is a dual Master’s student in Biology & Education programs that is exploring how visible and hidden student identities drive in-class dynamics across Biology courses at South Alabama, Auburn University, Tuskegee University, and CSU Chico.

 

 

Gabrielle Prince

Gabrielle Prince

Advisor: Littlefield

Gabrielle is a Master's student in biology at the University of South Alabama. Her research interests include molecular biology and muscle physiology. Her current research project focuses on visualizing the conformation of the giant, elastic protein Titin during contraction and relaxation of the body wall muscles in live C. elegans worms.

 

Michael Russell

Michael Russell

Advisor: Littlefield

Michael is Master’s student studying muscle assembly and contractile dynamics using the nematode C. elegans as a model organism. He wants to relate his findings to other muscle studies that are trying to find ways to treat muscle related diseases, and muscle dystrophy in older adults.

 

 

William Sterret

William Sterret

Advisor: Henning

William is a Masters student is interested in introduced plants, wetland plant habitats, and their microbial symbionts. William is looking at the drivers of introduced plant species across the Three Mile Creek watershed.

 

 

Chase Tirman

Chase Tirman

Chase is a Masters candidate and also studying Medicinal Biochemistry through a graduate post-bacc at University of Mississippi Medical Center. My overall goal is a career in medicine, but my research interest are in the Biochemistry and cellular/molecular biology fields. I previously worked in a research lab studying DNA Polymerase delta and the role of its [4Fe4S]cluster. Recently I have found an interest in Bioinformatics and I am looking forward to possibly exploring that avenue for future directed studies.