Dr. Manuela Ramalho
I have a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho – UNESP (2010) and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho- UNESP (2017) (Brazil). I did my Postdoctoral Researcher at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) and Field Museum (Chicago, IL, USA) in the Moreau Lab (Dr. Corrie S. Moreau). Currently, I am Assistant Professor of Department of Biology at West Chester University (PA). I have experience in the areas of microbiome, genetics, genomics, and more specifically molecular biology of insects (especially my favorite – ants)!
For more details, you can find my CV below!
I am an alumni from Kutztown University where I obtained a B.S. in Biology and joined the Ramalho lab in 2022. I am Masters student (thesis option)at West Chester University and currently employed by Merck as a Quality Specialist. I plan on getting into the laboratory/research division once I finish my M.S. and eventually open to pursue a Doctorate. I am an open minded person and I enjoy active learning environments that challenge development. I like to think that I can do work in any concentration but I very much enjoy genetics and virology. Some of my many hobbies are rugby, hiking, finishing, carpentry and archery. It is my passion to one day improve cancer screening processes to better combat living with cancer and early detection.
This is my sweet girl, Freya! ->
Sabrina' is a brilliant Ph.D. student at INPA (Brazil) and joined the lab in 2022 with Dr. Ramalho as co-adviser. Sabrina has experience with Virology, Parasitology and Entomology. Based in the Amazon (Brazil) she uses her skills to study the impact of the microbiome on troinsects that can transmit diseases to humans.
Kenya is a 4th year student at West Chester University of Pennsylvania studying Cell & Molecular Biology, and she joined the Ramalho lab in 2022. Her research interests span various disciplines, but she is especially interested in cell, molecular, and developmental biology because she loves to explore how tiny details fit into the big picture. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree in the future, and ultimately hopes to conduct research within the women’s health field. In her spare time, she loves to read, write, sing, and is a total thrill-seeker, so she is always ready for a fun adventure!
Sky Eckman is a 4th year student at West Chester University, studying Biology with a concentration in Microbiology. She joined the Ramalho lab in Fall 2022. In her free time, Sky serves as V.P. of the Microbiology Club and co-hosts a radio show called Trilobite Transmissions on WCUR 91.7 FM. Her favorite pastime is walking with her brothers to look under logs for "bugs" (and salamanders). Sky loves to learn about symbioses, particularly parasitism, as they pertain to invertebrate host and vector species. Her current topic of interest is Wolbachia in parasitoid wasps. Sky plans to attain a graduate degree in the future while further studying these relationships using ecological, evolutionary, and Metagenomic approaches.
I am a junior undergraduate student at West Chester University pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a Cell and Molecular concentration intending to pursue a doctorate following graduation. I had a unique path into science, originally starting the first two years of my undergraduate degree as a Theatre major with aspirations to go into stage management. I knew starting at the university that I loved hands-on work and I felt incredibly passionate about representing the lives of those being told on stage. I sought to help others gain a humanistic perspective of other people's lives and cultures in an intimate mode of art. After taking a survey course in Biology during the second year of my degree, I had my lightbulb moment, finding a deep-rooted passion for Biology. That is when I decided to make the switch from an arts curriculum to a science curriculum, applying my devotion to those underrepresented in a new environment. The transition presented quite the learning curve, ultimately proving that it is not a predisposition to science but grit and resilience that grants success in the field.
I fervently hope to bolster the message that creative minds indeed belong in science and prioritize a holistic and interpersonal mindset when working towards treatment from lab bench to patient bedside. I hope to spend my time in the Ramalho Lab as a vehement advocate for the on-campus and surrounding community, whilst exploring interests in genomics, genomic effect on neurobiology and behavior, and the effect of changes in species’ microbiomes.
I'm a 4th year senior studying Cell and Molecular Biology at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I joined the Ramalho lab in 2022. I plan to continue research work in labs after graduation and continue to grad school in the near future to pursue a masters or doctoral degree. I have been an incredibly exploratory person for as long as I can remember who has always enjoyed doing research and learning about the world. This ingrained exploratory nature has allowed me to intrench myself deeply into Biology and Biochemistry. In my spare time away from formal lab research I enjoy engineering work, tree arborist/felling work, mountain climbing, trail running/biking, backpacking, wildlife photography, reading, gardening and small road trips.
On the Ramalho lab, my project will have a lot of field work and outdoor activities!
Nicky Formiguinha (special guest member)
Nicky joined the lab in 2018.
Nicky is interested in all bugs, but she also has a special affection for ants! Besides insects, she likes other animals like Baby Shark, Peppa Pig and unicorns in general. She is now collecting samples for her experiment together with another member of Ramalho Lab - Cacau!
In broad terms, Nicky is interested in understanding - How does sharing food with a dog impact the microbiota of both toddler and pet?
Cacau (special guest member and
Cacau joined the lab in 2013.
A Brazilian wiener dog that doesn't like snow. In addition to working with Nicky on several projects, Cacau has a special interest in squirrels, and is always looking to increase her current sample size (n=0).
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