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Laungani Lab

My research students work on a variety of topics which allows not only for the student to center their research around their passions and questions that intrigue them, but I can learn along with them.   This allows the student to teach me about their topic, and I believe helps the student to see themselves as not only as researchers, but as my colleagues. 

Below are a list of my research students in my lab and a very brief description of the general topic/question that each student is working on (including their ultimate goals).

My Research Colleagues (listed alphabetically)


Amber Alvarez (Class of 2015)

Testing the effect of mangosteen on muscle relaxation in rats

Goals: Nursing


Corinne Fuoco (Class of 2015)

Impacts of nutrient loading on aquatic plant growth and acidification of aquatic ecosystems under elevated CO2

Goals: Marine Biology


Sydney Johnson (Class of 2015)

Interaction between changes in grazing pressure and precipitation on grassland community productivity

Goals: PA school


Tyler Kuhfahl (Class of 2015)

Plant litter feedbacks on floral traits

Goals: Medical school


Colin Laurenroth (Class of 2016)

Impacts of herbaceous competition on the invasion and success of Eastern Red Cedar (Juniperus virginiana) into grasslands

Goals: Undecided


Riley Miller (Class of 2015)

Impact of aquatic plants on ocean acidification under elevated CO2

Goals: Marine Biology


Casarah Schutt (Class of 2015)

Impact of DHA on object recognition and memory in rats

Goals: Veterinary medicine



  • Bailey Kremke
  • Jesse Koenig
  • Erin Stukenholtz
  • Rachel Gibson
  • Brianna Dickinson
  • Landon Miller
  • Lizabeth Reimers
  • Brooke Segerstrom
  • Sydney Jumps
  • Zach Sims
  • Maria Juarez
  • Phil Thramer
  • Ali Jansen
  • Brittany Ridder
  • Ben Clausen
  • Ethan Zoerb