Graduate students and technicians
- Kelsey Byers
A Biology graduate student in Toby Bradshaw’s laboratory, Kelsey is working on the mechanisms of reproductive isolation in the monkey flower, Mimilus, specifically the interaction between pigmentation and scent on attracting bees, hummingbirds, and hawkmoths. Kelsey is working in the Riffell laboratory towards identification of the Mimulus scent compounds attractive to bees, and how those scents are processed in the bee’s olfactory system to drive behavior. More about Kelsey
- Marie Clifford
Marie is a graduate student in the Biology Department working on the coevolutionary relationships between plants and pollinators, and the neural basis of behaviors in social insects. Her work integrates multiple levels of analysis, using Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry of flower scents, multi-channel recording arrays in the insect’s antennal lobe, and behavioral experiments. More about Marie
- Brad Dickerson
Brad Dickerson is a graduate student in Biology Dept. of UW in the Daniel Lab. Brad is currently splitting his time between the Riffell and Daniel labs learning multichannel recording and olfactory neurobiology. Brad received a BA in biology from Swarthmore College. Before coming to UW, Brad worked at the Museum of Science in Boston and in the lab of Ty Hedrick at UNC Chapel Hill, where he studied how the antennae of the moth Manduca sexta mediate flight control. With his current project, Brad hopes to address how the mechanical properties of a sensory structure influence multimodal sensing. More about Brad
- Yasmeen Hussain
Yasmeen is a graduate student in the Biology Department of UW studying chemical communication at the scale of the single cell. Yasmeen is interested in the physiological and behavioral consequences of sperm chemoattractants in mediating reproduction. Yasmeen got her BS in Mathematics and Biology, and minors in Chemistry and Music.
- Billie Medina
Billie is the lab manager of the Riffell Laboratory as well as the Daniel Lab. Billie supervises use of the GCMS, behavioral, and electrophysiological experiments, while overseeing the daily operations of the lab. Billie is a graduate of the Department of Biology.