People

Chas Easley, Ph.D.

Dr. Easley received his MS in Biology and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry both from Virginia Commonwealth University under the guidance of Dr. Robert Tombes. He completed his postdoctoral training in reproductive biology, developmental biology, and stem cell biology from the University of Pittsburgh under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Schatten. When not in the lab, Chas spends his time out on the tennis courts where he plays both ALTA and USTA league tennis matches.

Click here to view his profile at the UGA Regenerative Biosciences Center.

 

Alyse Steves, Graduate Student

Alyse received her BS in Biotechnology from Kennesaw State University and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Genetics and Molecular Biology Program at Emory University School of Medicine. Like Kristen, Alyse has a background in C. elegans research and now works on the impacts of flame retardant exposure on human spermatogenesis. Alyse also is an accomplished sci-fi author.

 

 

Krista Symosko, Graduate Student

Krista received her BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from Robert Morris University and is now a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Health Sciences Program here at the University of Georgia College of Public Health. Krista is an alum of the Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Research training course, which is an NIH-sponsored stem cell training course. In her spare time, she enjoys coaching gymnastics and spending time outdoors.

 

 

Katherine Watkins, Graduate Student

Katherine received her BS in Biochemistry with a minor in Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently a Ph.D. student in Environmental Health Science at the University of Georgia College of Public Health. Her research background includes working with measles virus under the guidance of Dr. Paul Rota at the CDC and studying proto-RNA molecules under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Hud in association with the Center for Chemical Evolution. In her free time, Katherine enjoys getting involved with scientific outreach, traveling the world. and exploring the great outdoors.

 

Joshua Siar, Dual-Enrolled Graduate/Undergraduate Student

Josh is a fourth year student at the University of Georgia pursuing a combined BS/MPH in Environmental Health Science, with a minor in Jazz Percussion, and a certificate in Environmental Ethics.  He previously worked at the EPA where he assisted in conducting metabolic profiling on Neural Progenitor Cells exposed to three common pesticides.  His research in the Easley lab focuses on determining the potential reproductive toxicity associated with exposure to a new class of pesticides called Neonicotinoids.

 

Brittany Gill, Undergraduate Student

Brittany is currently a third-year biology student at the University of Georgia with intentions of attending medical school. She plans to pursue a career in obstetrics and gynecology, with hopes of one day specializing in fertility. She is an active member of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity and Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Medical Honor Society.

 

 

 

Adam Turry, Undergraduate Student

Adam is a third year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia pursuing a BS in Biology with a minor in Spanish Language. He is involved in the community, working with The Cancer Foundation of Northeast Georgia and Partners in Health Engage. In his spare time, Adam enjoys traveling, exercising and scuba diving.

 

 

Chelsea Cary, Undergraduate Student

Chelsea is a third-year majoring in Environmental health science with a minor in Spanish. She hopes to continue her academic career in the field of toxicology and plans to develop her professional career in industry. She is a member Epsilon Nu Eta honor society and volunteers as a member of the UGA Medical Reserve Corps. Chelsea is also a recipient of the prestigious CURO Fellowship.

 

 

Robert Clayton Edenfield, Undergraduate Student

Clayton is an undergraduate in the Environmental Health Sciences Program here at the University of Georgia. Clayton is working on an exciting project to determine how PBB exposure influences the epigenetic landscape in sperm.

 

 

 

Swetha Kalagara, Undergraduate Student

Swetha is a third-year, undergraduate student at the University of Georgia. She is majoring in Communication Studies with a minor in Biology, and hopes to attend medical school after graduation. During her free time, her interests lie in community service with a focus in disabilities and emceeing events.

 

 

 

 

James Barefield, Undergraduate Student

James Barefield is a fourth year undergraduate at the University of Georgia perusing a BS in Biochemistry with the intent of attending medical school after graduation. He is a sousaphone player in the UGA Redcoat marching band and an active member in UGA H.E.R.O.s.

 

 

 

 

Lab Alumni:

Kristen Fowler

Kristen received her BS in Biology from Xavier University of Louisiana and her MS in Pharmacology from Tulane University. Kristen is also an alum of the Frontiers in Aging and Regeneration Research training course, which is an NIH-sponsored stem cell training course. Kristen is now pursuing her Ph.D. in the Biochemistry, Cell, and Developmental Biology Program at Emory University School of Medicine.