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Postdoctoral researcher 

Dr. Baumgart has a PhD from the University of Chicago (2021) in Integrative Biology. She is interested in the evolution of avian flight and postcranial pneumaticity.


We welcome interest from potential graduate students for the fall of 2024 through the UF College of Vet Med. Contact PI Schachner for more information at eschachner @

For more information on the graduate program in the Department of Physiological Sciences at the UF CVM: click here


Aracely Martinez

PhD Student in Clinical Anatomy (at LSU Health in NOLA)

2021 - Present

Aracely Martinez has an MS in Anatomy Education from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her current research focuses on the anatomy and imaging of the zebra finch respiratory system and the impact of obesity on avian air sacs.


Alexis Slack

PhD Student in Physiological Sciences (at UF)

2023 - Present

Alexis completed her undergraduate degree in the Anderson Lab at the University of South Dakota and specializes in segmentation and 3D printing. She will be working on modeling bird lungs for her PhD.



Jaeger Johnson, MS Class of 2027

2023 - Present

Jaeger has a BS from Yale University in Chemistry, and a MS from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in Conservation Medicine. He is interested in evolutionary biology, wildlife conservation and wildlife/exotics medicine.


Amanda Pineda, Class of 2027

2023 - Present

Amanda has a BS in Biological Sciences from Florida International University. She is interested in both small animal and exotics/wildlife medicine. 


Chloe Huntley

2024 - Present

Chloe has a BS in Biology from the University of West Florida, and is interested in owls and wildlife medicine. 



Claire Zimmerman, UF class of 2026

Major in Zoology, minor in Anthropology

2024 - Present

Claire is interested in reptiles and birds, and plans to go to vet school with a focus in wildlife/exotics.


Former PhD Students 
  • Dr. (Dr.) Andy Grand Pre PhD (2024) in Clinical Anatomy at LSUHSC; Current position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Stony Brook University School of Medicine

  • Dr. Adam Lawson PhD (2021) in Clinical Anatomy at LSUHSC; Current position: Assistant Professor, Tulane University School of Medicine

Former MS Students

  • Jazmine Aguilar MS (2023) in Biomedical Sciences at LSUHSC​​


Former medical and veterinary students

  • Farid Abou-Issa (LSUHSC School of Medicine)

  • Arsys E'Etessam (LSUHSC School of Dentistry) 

  • Jonathan Bergeron (LSUHSC School of Medicine)

  • Brandon Bergeron MD (2020-2022) LSUHSC School of Medicine): Resident at U of Alabama SOM

  • O'Shea Cleveland DVM (2016) LSU School of Veterinary Medicine: Private practice


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