College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

Class of 2014
phil   
Philip Freda, M.S. Candidate, Biology

Undergraduate:
B.S. Administration of Justice, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
Post-Baccalaureate studies in Biology, Saint Joseph's University, 2012
Research Focus: Genetic variation and microevolution in both Drosophila simulans and Drosophila suzukiiD. simulans is a model organism related to D. melanogaster while D. suzukii is a pest species, laying eggs in fresh, unspoiled fruits. This research is achieved by analyzing genetic variation at candidate loci in the genomes.
Other Interest: I am a science blogger for patch.com.  I also enjoy mountain biking, photography, science-fiction/fantasy, and being with friends and family.
Contact: philip.freda@gmail.com

 

Nicole Slezak, M.S. Candidate, Biology

Undergraduate: B.S. Biology, Saint Joseph's University, 2012
Research Interest:  My research will focus on the plant physiological changes on soybeans (Glycine max) infected with soybean cyst nematodes (Heterodera glycines) combined with predicted global environmental changes.
Other Interest: Outside of the laboratory and being a GeoKids LINKS Fellow, I spend most of my time with family and friends, skiing in the Catskills, drawing potraits in ink, baking all sorts of desserts, and traveling to Europe.
Contact: nicole.slezak@gmail.com
Nicole Slezak

 

David
 
David Kays, M.S. Candidate, Biology

Undergraduate: B.S. Messiah College, 2011
Research Interest:  Dietary analysis of Diamondback Terrapins
Other Interest: Working out, folk music, exploring forests, and coffee
Contact: davidks83@gmail.com