L. Odette Herrand

L. Odette Herrand

Research Specialist



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I was born in the Dominican Republic and started my scientific endeavors with a B.S. in Biology as an international student at Knox College, Galesburg, IL. I conducted undergraduate research on the jaw morphology and mammalian TMD in Dr. Nicholas Gidmark’s lab. My research is currently part of a paper that is still in the works. 

Most of my experience has been focused in the anatomy and physiology of vertebrates but now I’m taking a turn and studying physiological and metabolic regulations in stem cell lineages and oogenesis in Drosophila melanogaster. I am currently collaborating with projects on the effects of exercise and metabolic requirements on oogenesis. I am also conducting a yeast screen in order to discover any optimization or decrease in egg production throughout different yeast mutants, and eventually their effect on oogenesis.

In the future, I want to continue my education and purse a PhD in order to develop my career in academic research. Outside the lab you will find me playing ultimate frisbee, learning foreign languages or crocheting next to my cat!


B.S. in Biology, 2022, Knox College