Charissa de Bekker, PhD

Principal Investigator

Charissa is an assistant professor in the Biology Department and a member of the Genomics and Bioinformatics Cluster at UCF.

For more information about Charissa click here. Or follow her on Twitter @CharissaB

Postdoctoral Researchers

William Beckerson, PhD

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow

William is working on the functional characterization of candidates manipulator compounds produced by Ophiocordyceps. For more info, click here.

Graduate Researchers

Biplabendu Das, Msc

PhD Candidate

Biplabendu aims to understand the role of circadian clocks in ant life-history traits, ant behavior, and parasitic manipulation of those behaviors. He is using both field and lab studies, combining behavioral ecology, circadian biology, and genomics.

Ian Will, MSc

PhD Candidate, ORC Doctoral Fellow

Ian is seeks to understand the tools that behavior manipulating parasites use to modify their hosts. His research strives to link genes, mechanisms, and behavioral outputs. Ian’s research combines genomics, metabolomics and gene editing tools.

Sophia Vermeulen, BSc

MSc Student

More info coming soon.

Roos Brouns, BSc

MSc Student

More info coming soon.

Lab Manager

Erandeni Ponce de Leon

Lab Manager

Undergraduate Researchers

Devin Burris

Rowan Hassan

Kamryn Jonathan

Courtney Krider

Umar Mohammad

Alexander Wise

Lab Cheerleader

Ketjap, PhD(og)

Lab Cheerleader

Graduate Alumni

Thienthanh Trinh, MSc

Brittany Lebert, MSc



Undergraduate Alumni

Ranya Awad Sara Linehan Zaynah Shahab

Andrea Bender

Simon Barnett

Eric Chiriboga

Hannah Christensen

Andre Fidel

Meghan Flynn

Hanniah Myers

Renee Ouellette

Christian Polania

Brianna Santamaria

Alec Santiago

Anna White