Graduate Students

Chelsea Bowers - Microplastics in commercially important food fishes. (2019- ). Chelsea is interested in conservation and urban pollution. She continues to work on critically important oyster restoration while also studying microplastic pollution in commercially important fishes in the FABB Lab. Chelsea's project (Funding: CSU COAST RAPID; CSU COAST Graduate Fellowship) is assessing microplastic pollution levels in one of the largest fisheries (sardines) in California. 



Maddy Wilson (2019- )

Maddy is interested in biological modeling is currently investigating hearing and bone conduction in mysticete whales. Her project is heavily anatomy based and incorporates both physical and computational modeling. Maddy is the recipient of the CSU Violet Horn Fellowship. 



Nicole Steplewski (2021- )

Nicole is interested in large-scale filtration and will investigate the filtration mechanics and performance of whale shark feeding. 


Jahnita DeMoranville (2021- )

Jahnita is interested in all things pointy. She has a passion for sharks and cephalopods. Jahnita will be looking at scaling and performance of squid bites. 


SCERP Student

Abigail Cho (2019- ). Abigail is investigating the structural performance of armadillo armors across multiple species. She used 3D reconstruction and materials testing to investigate osteoderm performance. 




SCERP Student

Julia Teeple (2019-2021). Julia is working on a project investigating fluid flow and contributions to filtration in filter-feeding sharks (whale sharks, basking sharks, and megamouth sharks). She looks at how tooth shape affects flow downstream of the oral cavity. She is also involved in a project investigating marine microplastic pollution in commercially important oyster populations in southern California. 



We are beyond thrilled to welcome Postdoctoral researcher Shirel Kahane-Rapport to the FABLAB. Dr. Kahane-Rapport will work on filtration in large-scale animals (sharks, rays, and whales). 

We are excited to be welcoming three new M.S. student to the lab starting Fall 2021!

Katie Kern will be working on chimera tenaculum anatomy

Visiting Scientists

Students interested in joining the FABB lab should contact Dr. Paig-Tran directly. Include a short statement of who you are and your research interests. It is helpful to include an updated C.V. 


*Remember, before contacting any professor about joining their lab, make sure that you do your homework. Know what their lab does. Try to read one of their papers or at least an abstract from their papers.


Have a possible research question ready to discuss. This impresses P.I.s and gives you the advantage over students who have not taken the time to look into what happens in that lab.


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