image of Rachel Paseka
group photo taken during the bioinformatic workshop hosted at the Camden campus
Brooke Maslo and her student banding a little brown bat at a maternity colony in Sparta, NJ.
image of Natalie Howe and Alexis Kleinbeck studying pokeweed, Phytolacca americana, during the Plant Systematics graduate class

STUDENT PROFILE: Rachel Paseka from Peter Morin's research lab

image of Rachel PasekaRachel Paseka is an Ecology and Evolution PhD candidate working in Dr. Peter Morin's lab. She studies host-parasite interactions through the lens of ecological stoichiometry, a conceptual framework that describes the balance of elements and energy in biological systems. microscopic image of Crepidostomum isostomum. Photo credit: Rachel PasekaBy taking this perspective, Rachel aims to understand how environmental nutrient availability influences parasite success, as well as the effects of parasitism on nutrient recycling in freshwater ecosystems. Although Rachel is partial to all freshwater systems, the majority of her dissertation research is focused on fish and their parasites in streams of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. Read more

First bioinformatics research retreat held between SEBS and Camden Campuses

image of Debashish BhattacharyaDebashish Bhattacharya (SEBS) and Desmond Lun (Rutgers Camden) organized a research retreat on October 9, 2015 at the Waterfront Technology Center in Camden. The event was sponsored by the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology in Camden and SEBS. The primary goal was to share research ideas and explore the potential for a jointly administered PhD program in bioinformatics and computational genetics. Five speakers from each campus - including Siobain Duffy and Debashish from DEENR - presented their work, followed by a breakout session to discuss common research areas and possibilities for joint training grants and teaching opportunities. The field of evolution was considered to be a key unifying theme across the diverse interests represented at the workshop that spanned ecology to genomics to computer science and engineering.

Dr. Brooke Maslo and colleagues awarded grant to study the effects of White-nose Syndrome on bats

image of Dr. Brooke MasloDespite catastrophic declines in North American bat populations from White-nose Syndrome, some bats appear capable of tolerating and surviving repeated infection. Brooke Maslo is interested in finding out why, and with the help of two federal grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she has the tools to do it. image of a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) hibernating in Hibernia Mine, Rockaway, NJ. Photo credit: Eden BuenaventuraIn the first project, Maslo and her departmental colleagues, Malin Pinsky and Nina H. Fefferman, will explore the potential for bats to evolve rapidly under natural selection in the face of disease. The second project is focused specifically on how White-nose Syndrome affects the federally threatened Indiana bat.