Graduate Students:

Heidi Luczynski: Heidi graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. Her current research focuses on the effects of low temperature on osmoregulation in rainbow trout. In the fall of 2019, Heidi will be starting veterinary school!

Kimberly Boyle: Kim graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Her current research focuses on the effect of salinity on the osmoregulation of traditionally freshwater tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum). In her free time she enjoys SCUBA diving and traveling. 

Mary Jones: 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. She looks forward to exploring Chicago and finding her scientific niche at DePaul.

Geena Fritzmann: Geena graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.  Her current research focuses on the effect of exercise on salinity acclimation in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling and being outdoors.

Michelle Sener: Michelle completed her undergraduate degree as a biology major at the University of Michigan where she used patient specific fibroblast-derived stem cell lines to study congenital heart diseases like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. She is currently using human bronchial epithelial cells to study the long-term effects of hyperosmotic solutions on ion channels.

Undergraduate Students:

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


Shelby Judd (M.S. 2012)

Mattina Alonge (M.S. 2013)

Ciaran Shaughnessy (M.S. 2016)


Tara Poyer

Niki Gianni

Peter Mochel

Eyad Bittar

Bazla Sukhera

Jackie Mihai

Kim Dam