Graduate Students:

James Hach (M.S. Student)

James received his B.S. in Biology and Spanish from the University of Mount Union. He is interested in how aquatic pollutants affect fish. His research will examine the effects of microplastic exposure on euryhaline fish gill function. 

Alex Krak (M.S. Student)

Alex completed her BS in Biology and DePaul and decided to stick around for her MS thesis. Her research assesses the salinity tolerance of the swordtail, Xiphophorus helleri, to better understand if this fish species may have been able to cross over bodies of saltwater to enter new freshwater habitats.

Olivia LaMore (M.S. Student)

Olivia received her B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). Her research explores how changes in seawater pH affect the physiology of sea urchins (Lytechinus variegatus).

Mary Jones (M.S. Student)

Mary comes to DePaul from North Carolina and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Mount Olive. Mary’s current research interests involve the influences from ocean acidification on oyster shell production and ability to store heavy metals persistent in coastal waterways.

Undergraduate Students:

Interested in joining the lab, contact Dr. Bystriansky

Former students of the Bystriansky lab (where are they now?):

Graduate Students

Kimberly Boyle (M.S. 2020)

Kim graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Her Master’s research focused on the effect of salinity on the osmoregulation of traditionally freshwater tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum).  

Geena Fritzmann (M.S. 2020)

Geena graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.  Her Masters research focused on the effect of exercise on salinity acclimation in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).

Heidi Luczynski (M.S. 2019)

Heidi graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. Her Masters research focused on the effects of low temperature on osmoregulation in rainbow trout. In the fall of 2019, Heidi started veterinary school!

Shelby Judd (M.S. 2012)

Mattina Alonge (M.S. 2013)

Ciaran Shaughnessy (M.S. 2016)


  • Madison Janakis (2019-21)
  • Valerie Tafoya (2019-21)
  • Emily Jorgenson (2019-20)
  • Maxin Bobel (2019-20)
  • Rachel Pride (2017-18)
  • Ashley Wagner (2017-18)
  • Emily Whitmore (2014-17)
  • Heidi Luczynski (2015-16)
  • Jackie Mihai (2016-18)
  • Kim Dam (2013-16)
  • Niki Gianni (2013-15)
  • Bazla Sukhera (2013-14)
  • Tara Poyer (2012-13)
  • Peter Mochel (2019-21)
  • Eyad Bittar (2019-21)
  • Casey Murphy (2010-12)
  • Penelope Antonopolous (2012)
  • Joanne Pacheco (2012)
  • Sarah Lopez (2010)