Graduate Students (IEB)

Nicole Adams

Email: nicoleea@usc.edu
Advisors: Dr. Suzanne Edmands and Dr. Xiaoming Wang (LA County Natural History Museum)
Nicole Adams is a PhD candidate examining the genomic consequences of population bottlenecks and subsequent expansions in the Island Fox (Urocyon littoralis).  This research hopes to reveal the evolutionary potential of a highly subdivided species that has undergone several genetic bottlenecks by examining both the genomic variation and the composition of microbial communities in the Island Fox from all six inhabited islands

James Askew

Andrea Currylow

Email: currylow@usc.edu
Advisor: Craig Stanford
Andrea Currylow is a PhD Candidate in Dr. Craig Stanford's lab studying ecophysiology of Critically Endangered tortoises in Madagascar.  She is using steroid hormones, thermal habitats, and behavioral observations to investigate and define critical environmental parameters to inform species conservation. She also researches the threatened Western Pond Turtle, California's only native aquatic turtle.

  • Watch a 60-Minute feature with Andrea explaining to Lesley Stahl how and why we use telemetry to monitor Endangered tortoises in Madagascar     

Stefano Di Biase

Andrew Fogel

Email: afogel@usc.edu
Advisor: Craig Stanford
Andrew graduated in May 2015 and is now working at Queen Mary University of London on behavioral genetics of zebrafish 

Justin Hall

Andrew Jensen

Email: aejensen@usc.edu
Advisor: Lorraine Turcotte 
Andrew conducts research as part of a collaborative effort between USC and the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego, CA. The emphasis of his research is the optimization of human performance in the Warfighter; specifically, United States Marines and Navy SEALs. Our research effort is focused on the physiological responses to training, nutrition, and environmental factors.

Maureen McCarthy

Email: msmccart@usc.edu
Advisor: Craig Stanford
Maureen McCarthy defended Jan 2016 and now has a Post-doctoral position with the PanAfrican Programme at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. She will be studying variation in chimpanzee socio-demography across sites in relation to ecology and behavioral diversity.

Timothy Moore

Email: mooret@usc.edu
Advisor: Lorraine Turcotte
Mitochondria are responsible for producing the energy needed to sustain life. Research is beginning to show that mitochondria are able to become larger or smaller as well as damaged to the point of not functioning well any more. Timothy's research seeks to understand how mitochondria adapt in certain scenarios such as obesity,  exercise,  muscular dystrophy, and treatment with antidiabetic compounds such as metformin.

Anh-Khoi Nguyen

Travis Peterson

Christopher Ramos

Ian Russell

Hong Seok Shim

Email: hongseos@usc.edu

Graduated May 2015. Currently a  postdoctoral fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Homera Zadran

Email: homeraza@usc.edu
Homera's research involves examining gene expression dynamics of Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 biofilm and planktonic cells under varying external voltage potentials using the Microbial Fuel Cell. She is interested in answering fundamental questions about bacterial physiology, specifically understanding gene regulation of how bacteria respond to different environments. Homera proposes that key genes critically involved in the mtr pathway-- a strategy utilized by MR-1 for electro synthesis or extracellular electron transfer is involved in the cells ability to sense and respond to changes in surface potential. Homera is also a NSF Pre Doctoral Fellow. 

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