Lab Technicians

Chad Hamm

Chad came to us from Dothan, Alabama. On top of mastering embryology and molecular biology in the lab and keeping our undergraduate researchers in line, he also saw that the sea urchins were fed and the tanks were in working order. Currently, he is pursuing his graduate degree and working under Dr. Solinska at Auburn University.


Graduate Students


Undergraduate Students

Harrison Carrell

Harrison Carrell is a Marine Biology major and our resident expert in phylogenetics who analyzed the evolutionary histories of mitochondrial carrier family proteins across the eukaryotic tree of life. His love for building trees from molecular data is truly outstanding. He is currently working at the Georgia Aquarium!

Stephen Williams

Stephen Williams is a Biomedical Sciences major from Birmingham, Alabama. Stephen is working on characterizing aspects of microbes that initiate larval immune responses. He has also created some of the greatest sea urchin related jokes of all time. Stephen is currently in vet school in Glascow, Scottland.

Autumn Piper

Autumn Pipkin is a Biomedical Sciences major who is planning to attend medical school. Her first love is horses. But her second love is building the gene regulatory network that controls immune cell differentiation in sea urchin embryos.

Emily Ratkowiak

Emily Ratkowiak is a Microbial, Cellular & Molecular Biology Major with an emphasis on Microbiology. Her military upbringing took her all over the globe, but she is particularly attached to Hawaii. Emily loves microscopy, particularly measuring environmental impacts on larval morphology. She is planning on a career in public health.

English Todd

English Todd is a Biomedical Sciences Major here at AU. She is currently working to understand the role of perforins in the sea urchin larval immune response. English has arguably the best sneaker collection in the lab and objectively two very large dogs that keep her busy. She is planning to attend medical school.

Leah Watts

Leah Watts is a majoring in Organismal Biology with a concentration in Integrative Biology. She is a native Alabamian and a competitive country western dancer. Leah is currently getting her (tube) feet wet in the lab by generating fluorescent bacteria to monitor phagocytosis.