Lab Members

Principal Investigator

ws2Angela Horner, PhD.

Assistant Professor, at CSUSB

Horner CV Link

Contact Info:
Phone: nine-zero-nine 537.5597
Office: BI-320




Graduate Students



Alexander Beechko (Fall 2015 – Current)

Research interests include functional morphology of vertebrates with special interests in muscle physiology and biomechanics. Currently working on the aging process in small mammalia; force-velocity production in mouse muscles. Recently presented at SICB (Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology) – “effects of aging on muscle shortening in Mus musculus”

profile-picNicolas Schwartz (Undergraduate: Winter 2014-Summer 2015; Master’s student: Fall 2015 – Current)

“Currently working towards completing my graduate thesis on the effects of selection and exercise on nutrient foramen and other femoral properties in mice selected for high voluntary wheel running. I am interested in research in the functional morphology of vertebrates, particularly through the lens of osteology. Previously, I worked on the effects of diet quality on Xiphophorus escape performance, and also assisted in the endurance training and testing of mice for research relevant to the lab as a whole. Recently I presented at the International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM 2016) on “The effects of continued selection for high running behavior on Mus musculus nutrient foramen and bone morphometrics”, with past presentations for the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) Southwestern Regional in 2014, and SICB 2015. I am looking to pursue a PhD and am searching for programs both relevant to my current and past work, and in fields I may not be as familiar with.”

Undergraduate Students

Khiarra Estrella

Chris Helsted


Dillon Hua (Spring 2017 – Spring 2018)

Graduating in Spring-2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry. Focused student research primarily on observation and analysis of metabolic rates of Kangaroo rats (Dipodomys deserti) over increasing velocities.





Robert Barrett (Summer 2017- Spring 2018)

Graduating Summa Cum Laude in Spring-2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Focused student research primarily on observation and analysis of metabolic rates of Kangaroo rats (D. deserti) over increasing velocities.



Stefany Ocampo (Winter 2018 – Spring 2018)

Devon Irvin (Winter 2018 – Spring 2018)

Bilal Azhand (Winter 2018 – Spring 2018)



Alumni Students

website picture.jpgJason Randall – (Winter 2016 – Summer 2016)

Conducted a research project that was presented during the Spring ’16 student colloquium entitled “Effects of age and exercise training on passive muscle-tendon unit stiffness”. Research interests include molecular evolution and systematics in determining phylogenetic relationships. Currently part of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology graduate program at UCR.

Isabell Augenstein

Nkechiyere Eboka

Noah Ghossein
Jennifer Hernandez