Graduate Students:

Michelle Sener: Michelle is a masters student in the biology department at DePaul. She completed her undergraduate degree as a biology major at tScreen Shot 2015-01-14 at 10.55.30 AMhe University of Michigan where she used patient specific fibroblast-derived stem cell lines to study congenital heart diseases like hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and catechola
minergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. She is currently using human bronchial epithelial cells from cystic fibrosis patients to study the long-term effects of hyperosmotic solutions on ion channels as a form of treatment; this project is in collaboration with Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.

heidi-luczynskiHeidi Luczynski: Heidi is a current Master of Science student in the Department of Biological Sciences and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree from DePaul University. Her current researc
h focuses on the effectsof low temperature on osmoregulation in Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar). In the future, Heidi aspires to attend veterinary school.

Undergraduate Students:


Jackie Mihai: Jackie is an undergraduate student at DePaul studying Biology. Jackie just started helping in the research lab, while also working as a veterinary technician at a local animal hospital and volunteering at the Buddy Foundation. She will be applying for Veterinary school next fall and is very excited to see what the future has in store!



Emma Whitmore: EmScreen Shot 2014-10-17 at 6.01.35 PMma has just finished her undergraduate in Biology at DePaul. Emma continues to do research in the Bystriansky lab and also works as an animal technician in the university animal facility. Emma has applied to veterinary school. She has a strong interest in wildlife conservation and ecology and has been a part of the lab since spring 2014.







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


Shelby Judd

Mattina Alonge

Ciaran Shaughnessy


Tara Poyer

Niki Gianni

Peter Mochel

Eyad Bittar

Bazla Sukhera

Kim Dam

David Abramov