John Eme, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, PI
John began as an Assistant Professor at CSUSM in Fall 2017. His research focuses on fish and reptile comparative physiology. John has published papers on >15 different species, including alligators, snapping turtles, freshwater fish, and marine fish.
B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
M.S., University of West Florida, 2005
Ph.D., University of California, Irvine 2010
Post-doctoral Research Associate, University of North Texas, 2010-2013
Post-doctoral Research Fellow, McMaster University, 2013-2015
Visiting Assistant Professor, California State University San Marcos, 2015-2016
Lecturer Adjunct Faculty, California State University San Marcos, 2016-2017
Current Lab Members
Andrew Alvo (Senior) Andrew is in his final year of undergraduate studies at CSUSM, in pursuit of a B.S. degree in biology. He works as a math and science tutor at the S.T.E.M. center on campus. In the lab, Andrew is most interested in understanding how animal parts work mechanistically to perform their functions. He is eager to obtain knowledge and experience with various lab techniques in continuing to grow as a scientist.
Sara Muhtaseb (Senior) Sara is in her fourth year at CSUSM, and after she achieves her degree in general biology she hopes to go to medical school and become a dermatologist. In our lab, she is most interested in doing dissections and really understanding the anatomy and using that skill later in her academic career. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, and going to the gym. She has a great love for all animals and feels an experience in our lab is a great opportunity for learning about animals that are unique!
Thomas Schmoyer (Sophomore) Thomas is a veteran who started as a Freshman at CSUSM in Fall 2016. Thomas majors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and spends a majority of his time outside of the classroom weightlifting and studying for his major. His interests within the lab are to observe how different species of animals adapt and change throughout important stages of their life to better understand the animal kingdom as a whole.
Susan Rayman (Senior) Susan is a general biology major at CSUSM, and strives to go to medical school as she has always had a passion in helping her community and learning about the anatomical structures and functions of the human body. Susan spends her time with family and friends, and enjoys being outside, exploring new places, and going to the gym. Working in Dr. Eme’s comparative physiology lab, Susan is excited to combine the specialized tests and results from our lab and soon apply it to the experiences in her future studies. She feels there is always something new and fascinating to learn in biology, and that working in a research lab is a perfect opportunity to explore new findings.
Cassidy Cooper (Senior) Cassidy is a current biology undergraduate at CSUSM with plans to continue her studies through a graduate program next fall. Her personal interests include reading and horseback riding in her spare time. With an academic interest in a wide variety of topics from literature to physiology, she enjoys being a part of the continuous learning and communication processes of the scientific community. She hopes to apply her interests by perusing a future involved with research and practical lab work.
Juan Vasquez (Junior) Juan is a Biology Major at CSUSM. He enjoys participating in environmental conservation efforts as well as volunteering. In the future, Juan plans to become a Marine Biologist focusing in the field of Marine Microbiology. He plans to apply the experience and tools acquired through this lab throughout his academic career.
Jada Morales (Sophomore) Jada is a Bridges student attending Palomar college to get her general biology degree. She enjoys exploring the outdoors, spending time with the important people in her life, and loves to travel to new destinations. Jada looks to supplement her formal education in biology with this lab to heighten the overall mastery of the subject matter to refine where she will commit herself in the field.
Aida Rodriguez (Master’s student) Aida is originally from North Hollywood, CA. She attained her B.S. in Biological Sciences at California State University San Marcos, Fall 2017. Currently she is working as a Research Associate II for the Wildfire Research Program and Environmental Leadership Institute through CSUSM’s Extended Learning as well as a Resident Services Coordinator for a low-income housing complex in San Marcos, CA. Her research interests are WUI Firefighter Physiology and WUI Firefighter Health and Safety. She hopes her future research plays a crucial role in designing protocols that mitigate current long-term health concerns in Firefighters.