Charissa de Bekker, PhD

Principal Investigator

Charissa is an assistant professor within the Biology Department at UCF.

For more information about Charissa click here.

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Graduate Researchers

Biplabendu Das, MSc


Ian Will, MSc

PhD Student

Biplabendu focusses on understanding the role of circadian clocks in ant life history traits and behavior and parasitic manipulation of those behaviors. He is using both field and lab studies, combining behavioral ecology and molecular biology.


PhD Student, ORC Doctoral Fellow

Ian is seeking to understand the tools manipulating parasites employ to modify their hosts. His research strives to link gene, mechanism, and behavioral output.


Thienthanh Trinh, BSc


Brittany Lebert, Bsc

Msc Student

Thienthanh is interested in the possible effects of behavior manipulating parasites on the cognition, learning abilities and memory of animal hosts. For her research, she combines complex behavioral assays with next-generation sequencing techniques.


Msc Student

Brittany is using genomics tools to learn more about the mycoparasitic fungi that take advantage of fungus-manipulated ants.



Undergraduate Researchers

Sara Linehan

Brianna Santamaria

Zaynah Shahab

Eric Chiriboga

Meghan Flynn

Hanniah Myers

Renee Ouellette

Devin Burris

Alec Santiago





Andrea Bender

Anna White

Hannah Christensen

Simon Barnett

 Christian Polania

Andre Fidel