Meisel Group Members

Rich Meisel
Associate Professor

rpmeisel <at> uh <dot> edu

Postdoctoral Fellows

Pablo Delclos

Pablo is studying behavioral differences between house flies with different sex determining genotypes. He earned his PhD from Texas A&M, working with Gil Rosenthal on mate-choice in swordtail fish. Before joining our lab, Pablo did a brief postdoc with Jeff Tomberlin at Texas A&M, studying interkingdom interactions and arthropod behavior.

Graduate Students

Interested in joining the lab?

We accept graduate students through the
Ecology and Evolution and
Cell and Molecular Biology
degree programs.

Danial Asgari

Danial is studying the effect of bacteria on house fly gene expression.

Kiran Adhikari

Kiran is studying the maintenance of polygenic sex determination in house fly.

Carolynn Porter

Carolynn is a new student in the lab interested in evolutionary biology.

Zhao Zheng

Zhao is studying population genomics of Drosophila pseudoobscura.

Undergraduate and Post-baccalaureate Students

Want to join the lab? Students can earn course credits, work-study salary, or an honors thesis.

Brooke Birks (2019-present)

Jessica Cambric (2018-present)

Mandy Cao (2019-present)

Stephanie Huffman (2019-present)

Mai Le (2019-present)

Sara Loetzerich (2020)

Cyrus Lopez (2019-present)

David Marroquin (2020)

Anna Matuk (2019-present)

Tin Nguyen (2019-present)

Rebecca Presley (2019-present)

Bineta Sonko (2020)

Jessica Tran (2019-present)

Rahul Vanchinathan (2018-present), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (2018)

Anugraha Wilson (2019-present)

Uyen Vu (2019-present)



Christopher Gonzales - Technician (2014-2016)

Melissa Li - Technician (2014)

Graduate Students

Jae Hak Son (2014-2019)
Jae used functional genomics to study how the house fly sex determination pathway and sex chromosomes affect gene expression. He continued on to a postdoctoral position with Serap Aksoy at the Yale School of Public Health.

Bukola Oguntuase (2016)
Bukola visited our lab from the University of Technology in Akure, Nigeria. She used molecular markers to study the population structure of the flat-headed cusimanse

Jose Torres Gonzalez (2016)
Jose was a rotation student in the Biochemistry program who studied the mating performance of house fly males with different sex determining genotypes

Shuo Zhang (2014)
Shuo was a rotation student in the Ecology and Evolution graduate program who studied house fly sex chromosomes

Cameron Love (2014)
Cameron was a rotation student in the Cell and Molecular Biolgoy graduate program who studied functional divergence of Drosophila duplicated genes

Undergrads and Postbacs

Sandra Achonye (2014-2015)

Kiran Akbani (2014)

Dalia Aldin (2016-2019)

Hyder S. Aljanabi (2018)

Ali Alshabeeb (2016)

Samantha Andrade (2014)

Likhitha Bodi (2016-2018)

Quinten Bolden (2014-2015), continued on to UT Health Science Center at Houston School Of Nursing

Keith Chen (2015-2016), continued on to School of Graduate Studies at Rutgers

Kaylin Gant (2017-2019)

Adrian Garcia (2014-2015), continued on to job in software development

Destini Gorrer (2013)

Margaret Hart (2014-2016), continued on to Baylor College of Medicine

Tomi Hassan (2016-2018), Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholar (2017)

Jaweria Jaweria (2015-2017), Mindlin Undergraduate Research Fellow (2016) and Provost's Undergraduate Research Scholar (2016)

Elizabeth Joseph (2016)

Lynn Kabbani (2019)

Zena Karagoli (2015-2019)

Aqsa Khan (2016-2018)

Tylia Kim (2018-2019)

Tammie Lam (2018)

Ashley Lee (2015-2017), continued on to Prairie View A&M Nursing School

Eduardo Lopez (2018)

Hoang Luu (2015-2016), continued on to graduate school at Ohio University

Carli Miller (2019)

Theo Ng (2014-2015)

Taylor Nunley (2018-2019)

Casey Oakes (2015-2016), continued on to Houston Department of Health and Human Services

Alexander Oderhowho (2016), continued on to medical school at UT Health Science Center

Samantha Pacheco (2018)

Heather Payne (2014-2015)

Ashley Sanchez (2016)

Edwin Santiago (2015), continued on to MD Anderson Medical Dosimetry program

Raina Saxena (2015), continued on to Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at UNT Health Science Center

Vyshnika Sriskantharajah (2016-2018), continued on to technician position at Baylor College of Medicine

Sydney Stephenson (2015-2017)

Taylor Swindell (2014)

Tammie Trinh (2015-2018), continued on to UT Dental School

Chantalle Vincent (2019)

Zeel Vora (2016-2017)

Ban Vu (2015-2017), continued on to Doctorate of Pharmacy program at UH

Lejla Zoronjic (2014), Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (2014), continued on to UT Dental School