Undergraduate Lab Members Have a look at our current lab undergraduates and the fantastic work they're doing. Click on each student to learn more about their individual projects. DIS Student, UNC Wilmington Dylan Marshall Honors Student, UNC Wilmington Alayna Mahon DIS Student, UNC WilmingtonDylan MarshallMy name is Dylan Marshall. I am majoring in Biology with a Neuroscience minor. I have always had a fascination with understanding memory and consciousness. My research interests include neurodegenerative diseases and bionic technology. I hope to one day have a Ph.D. in neuroscience and research treatments and devices that will restore normalcy to those who suffer from neurological disorders and injuries. I am very excited to be a part of the ZoMBie lab so that I can further my knowledge and experience in the field of neuroscience, as well as meet like-minded peers. Honors Student, UNC WilmingtonAlayna MahonI am senior here at UNCW majoring in Exercise Science with a minor in Neuroscience. I am very interested in neuroplasticity and how the brain changes and evolves over time. Specifically, I am going to conduct research of the sexual dimorphism of sharks and in brain size scaling. I have always been completely fascinated by the brain and how it works, and I am very excited to learn even more about it. My goal for after my time here at UNCW would be to become a Physician’s Assistant concentrated in Neurology in a pediatric hospital setting. I am super excited to see where life takes me! Interested in joining the team? Check our our Opportunities page. Past Members Gone but never forgotten. Check out our past lab members who have moved on to other amazing opportunities. But, once a ZoMBiE, always a ZoMBiE! Lab Volunteer, UNC Wilmington Callie Ingram Honors & DIS Student, UNC Wilmington Rachel Zino Honors Student, UNC Wilmington Krista Laforest DIS Student, UNC Wilmington Jamie Lord DIS Student, UNC Wilmington Sam Barker DIS Student, UNC Wilmington Will Anthony DIS Student, UNC Wilmington Ben Slay DIS Student, UNC Wilmington Alexandra Borog Lab Volunteer, UNC WilmingtonCallie IngramI am a senior majoring in Marine biology. I have conducted research on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the estrogen levels of deep sea sharks (Centrophorus uyato, Squalus cubensis, Squalus mitsukurii). And another study on the estimate abundance of elasmobranchs using an underwater video census in Calabash Caye, Belize. This semester I would have investigated the differences in brain size relative to body size through the stages of life of the smooth butterfly ray (Gymnura micrura), but due to Covid-19 closures that has been delayed. After I graduate from UNCW, I hope to continue my time in academia by pursuing my master’s degree and eventually a doctorate. While I have focused on a variety of research topics, the field I hope to follow is the reproductive endocrinology of elasmobranchs. I believe that the application of this research could be crucial to conservation efforts by understanding the outcome of anthropogenic pollution exposure on the hormones of sharks and rays. Honors & DIS Student, UNC WilmingtonRachel ZinoMy major is a B.S. in Biology with minors in Neuroscience and Psychology. I have always viewed the brain as the “ultimate frontier” and been intrigued by the individuality of our brains and minds. I love clinical disciplines of neuroscience, specifically working with neurodegenerative disorders, when your brain malfunctions and neurons die. Sharks undergo lifelong neurogenesis and constantly make more neurons. One could say that’s the opposite of a neurodegenerative disorder and why I am so excited to work with these animals’ brains! This lab teaches me to view an adaptive brain with different techniques that one day I can hopefully apply to human patients. My plan after UNCW will be to apply to MD; PhD programs in Neuroscience. Honors Student, UNC WilmingtonKrista LaforestBIO: I am a senior majoring in Marine Biology and Psychology with a minor in neuroscience. My research in the lab includes studying the ontogenetic shifts in Atlantic sharpnose sharks (Rhizoprionodon terraenovae). I hope to contribute my findings to literature because it is crucial to understand the baseline of brain development during a lifetime in order to understand how environmental factors affect the brain. My other interests include cognitive research and conservation efforts. Outside of academia, I enjoy scuba diving and hope to incorporate my passion into future research. DIS Student, UNC WilmingtonJamie LordMy name is Jamie Lord and I am a biology major with a minor in neuroscience. After I graduate from UNCW I plan to go to medical school. The plan is to specialize in radiology with a focus in neurology, as I want to keep on learning about the brain and its intricacies while also helping save the lives of people suffering from conditions of the brain, and spinal cord. That is why I am excited to be a part of the ZoMBie lab, because of the hands-on experience with shark brains and the knowledge of its evolution as it relates to behavior. This is knowledge I can hopefully bring with me through medical school and on to a career in neuroradiology. DIS Student, UNC WilmingtonSam BarkerBIO: My research interests in the lab include studying the gross anatomy of the nervous system and using comparative anatomy to gain an overall understanding of the brain. I am very interested in studying how the brain works and the ways that different areas of the brain communicate with each other. By looking at the brains of a variety of species of sharks, skates and rays, I can ultimately learn about their ecology and behavior. This helps me understand how the regions of the brain are connected and how versatile and plastic they are in order to accommodate different needs of the species. My ultimate goal is to work in a children’s research hospital as a medical professional where I can study and treat pediatric neurological disorders. More specifically, I would like to study epilepsy and look into new and innovative ways to treat it and learn from it. DIS Student, UNC WilmingtonWill AnthonyI am majoring in Biology with minors in Neuroscience and Psychology. My research interests include comparative neuroanatomy and studying how an organism’s brain organization may reflect its environment and behavior.My overwhelming fascination with brains is undoubtedly boundless. The potential of these small and soft tissue organs is seemingly limitless – facilitating how all life forms perceive, communicate, and behave within the world. Ultimately, I aim to one day practice as a neurologic physical therapist. This encompasses helping patients with neurological conditions maintain active and independent lives. I truly believe that there is no greater reward than being able to apply my knowledge/abilities in way that benefits the lives of others. DIS Student, UNC WilmingtonBen SlayBIO: My Major is Clinical Research with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. I really enjoy research involving brains and I am especially interested in mechanisms and environmental effects on neuroplasticity. Being a part of this lab is great because it has opened me up to new histological skills and exploratory methods. Elasmobranchs and bony fish have very diverse brains and amaze me by their distinct morphological features and various biological curiosities such as lifelong neurogenesis. DIS Student, UNC WilmingtonAlexandra BorogBIO: I am majoring in Biology and minoring in Neuroscience. I am really fascinated with neurobiology and I just really love brains. Brains are my favorite thing in the world. I really love learning and I am interested in everything – from comparing different species from different parts of the world and different environments and their brains, to neuroplasticity and MRI imaging. I am very thankful to be a part of the Zombie Lab – it is an incredible experience with awesome nerdy people (best kind of people) that I will never forget and I will carry everything I learned into my future life and career.

Have a look at our current lab undergraduates and the fantastic work they're doing. Click on each student to learn more about their individual projects.

Interested in joining the team? Check our our Opportunities page.

Past Members

Gone but never forgotten. Check out our past lab members who have moved on to other amazing opportunities. But, once a ZoMBiE, always a ZoMBiE!