Current lab members



Chris Geyer, Ph.D. (PI) Chris completed a B.S. in 1995 in Biology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and then worked for two small biotechnology companies (PPL Therapeutics and CropTech Biosciences). In 2000, he left to pursue a Ph.D. at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the laboratory of John McCarrey. After graduating in 2005, he joined Mitch Eddy’s laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, NC. In 2010, he became an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. Email: geyerc@ecu.edu  

Chris Geyer, Ph.D. (PI)

Chris completed a B.S. in 1995 in Biology at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), and then worked for two small biotechnology companies (PPL Therapeutics and CropTech Biosciences). In 2000, he left to pursue a Ph.D. at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in the laboratory of John McCarrey. After graduating in 2005, he joined Mitch Eddy’s laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, NC. In 2010, he became an assistant professor in the Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Email: geyerc@ecu.edu

 

Bryan Niedenberger (Research Technician) Bryan Niedenberger grew up in Yorktown, Virginia. Before joining the Geyer lab as a Research Technician, Bryan received a bachelor’s degree from High Point University and a Master’s degree from Appalalchian State. Email: niedenbergerb@ecu.edu

Bryan Niedenberger (Research Technician)

Bryan Niedenberger grew up in Yorktown, Virginia. Before joining the Geyer lab as a Research Technician, Bryan received a bachelor’s degree from High Point University and a Master’s degree from Appalalchian State.

Email: niedenbergerb@ecu.edu

Ellen Velte (Ph.D. student) Ellen is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Geyer lab. She was born and raised in Mooresville, NC and received a B.S. degree in Marine Biology from UNC Wilmington. As an undergrad, Ellen was a member of the UNCW swim and dive team and enjoyed the beach as often as possible. Ellen became interested in studying developmental biology after taking an embryology course at UNCW. Her hobbies include painting pottery, spending time with friends, and doing anything outside. Ellen plans on pursuing a career in industry after completing her Ph.D. Email: veltee13@students.ecu.edu  

Ellen Velte (Ph.D. student)

Ellen is a 4th year Ph.D. student in the Geyer lab. She was born and raised in Mooresville, NC and received a B.S. degree in Marine Biology from UNC Wilmington. As an undergrad, Ellen was a member of the UNCW swim and dive team and enjoyed the beach as often as possible. Ellen became interested in studying developmental biology after taking an embryology course at UNCW. Her hobbies include painting pottery, spending time with friends, and doing anything outside. Ellen plans on pursuing a career in industry after completing her Ph.D.

Email: veltee13@students.ecu.edu

 

Nicholas Serra (Ph.D. student) A Pennsylvania native, Nick graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During his time at PSU, he developed a continuing interest in developmental biology through undergraduate research using the C. elegans model system. He entered the Anatomy and Cell Biology Ph.D. program at the East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in August 2014. Since that time, Nick has been studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms mediating spermatogonial fate decisions in the Geyer lab. He enjoys short walks on the beach and long fights with fish. Email: serran14@students.ecu.edu

Nicholas Serra (Ph.D. student)

A Pennsylvania native, Nick graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During his time at PSU, he developed a continuing interest in developmental biology through undergraduate research using the C. elegans model system. He entered the Anatomy and Cell Biology Ph.D. program at the East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine in August 2014. Since that time, Nick has been studying the molecular and cellular mechanisms mediating spermatogonial fate decisions in the Geyer lab. He enjoys short walks on the beach and long fights with fish.

Email: serran14@students.ecu.edu

Jamie Chamberlin (Undergraduate student, Biochemistry) Jamie was raised in Winterville, NC and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Math in 2017. She chose to attend ECU after receiving the EC Scholar award and Early Assurance to Brody School of Medicine. Jamie is double-majoring in Biochemistry and Biology in hopes of one day getting an MD. Outside of academia, she enjoys playing intramural beach volleyball, hitting the gym, traveling, and spending as much time outside as possible.

Jamie Chamberlin (Undergraduate student, Biochemistry)

Jamie was raised in Winterville, NC and graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Math in 2017. She chose to attend ECU after receiving the EC Scholar award and Early Assurance to Brody School of Medicine. Jamie is double-majoring in Biochemistry and Biology in hopes of one day getting an MD. Outside of academia, she enjoys playing intramural beach volleyball, hitting the gym, traveling, and spending as much time outside as possible.

Oleksandr "Sasha" Kirsanov (Master's student) Sasha was born and raised in Simferopol, Ukraine. He gained an interest in science at theMedical-Biological Lyceum.  He moved to the United States when he was 16 to attend Chowan University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. At Chowan, he was a dual collegiate athlete, playing tennis and running cross country. Sasha entered the Biomedical Sciences M.S. program at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine in August 2016, and shortly thereafter joined the Geyer laboratory.  His hobbies include tennis, collecting mugs, and spending time with friends. His future plans include getting a Ph.D. after finishing his Master’s degree.  Email: kirsanovo16@students.ecu.edu

Oleksandr "Sasha" Kirsanov (Master's student)

Sasha was born and raised in Simferopol, Ukraine. He gained an interest in science at theMedical-Biological Lyceum.  He moved to the United States when he was 16 to attend Chowan University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. At Chowan, he was a dual collegiate athlete, playing tennis and running cross country. Sasha entered the Biomedical Sciences M.S. program at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine in August 2016, and shortly thereafter joined the Geyer laboratory.  His hobbies include tennis, collecting mugs, and spending time with friends. His future plans include getting a Ph.D. after finishing his Master’s degree. 

Email: kirsanovo16@students.ecu.edu

Taylor Malachowski (Undergraduate student, Biology) Taylor was raised in Concord, NC and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 2017. She chose to attend ECU after receiving admission into the Honors College as an EC Scholar finalist. Taylor is pursuing a B.S in Biology and a B.A in Chemistry. Her future plans include getting an MD or going into a Ph.D. program in genetics. Outside of academia, she enjoys going to the gym, playing intramural flag football, and attending numerous theater productions.  

Taylor Malachowski (Undergraduate student, Biology)

Taylor was raised in Concord, NC and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 2017. She chose to attend ECU after receiving admission into the Honors College as an EC Scholar finalist. Taylor is pursuing a B.S in Biology and a B.A in Chemistry. Her future plans include getting an MD or going into a Ph.D. program in genetics. Outside of academia, she enjoys going to the gym, playing intramural flag football, and attending numerous theater productions.

 


Former lab members

Kenneth "Trey" Cook (ECU undergraduate researcher, 2014-2017), currently a veterinary student at North Carolina State University, class of 2021

Jonathan Busada, Ph.D. (Ph.D student, 2011-2015), currently a postdoctoral fellow in John Cidlowski's lab, Molecular Endocrinology Group, NIEHS

Ms. Evelyn Kaye (ECU undergraduate researcher, 2012-2014)

Ms. Kate McPherson (ECU undergraduate researcher, 2013), currently a dental student at UNC-CH

Vesna Chappell, Ph.D. (postdoctoral scholar, 2010-2013), currently a Biologist in Sue Fenton's lab, Reproductive Endocrinology Group, NIEHS