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Michael Rosario, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Dr. Rosario received his B.A. in Integrative Biology from the University of California Berkeley, his M.Sc. in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Biology at Duke University. He earned several awards throughout his academic career including a fellowship from the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology. Dr. Rosario's research interest began with understanding the mechanisms of energy storage in biological structures. After postdoctoral training at Brown University, he has incorporated muscle-spring interactions into his research interests. Dr. Rosario has experience in teaching comparative vertebrate anatomy, scientific computing at both the graduate (SOURCE workshop) and undergraduate (biomechanical programming labs) levels, and Human Anatomy and Physiology. He is currently teaching Bio 259 - Human Anatomy and Physiology 1.


Abby Downs

Masters Student
Abby is a second year Master's student in the Accelerated B.S/M.S in Integrative Biology Program. She works in the Liquid Life Laboratory at West Chest University under the advisement of Frank Fish. Her thesis is based on the maneuverability and flexibility of Bluefin tuna. Abby's interests include biomechanics, animal morphology, and animal wellness. Her future plans are to attend Veterinary School and specialize in large animal surgery. Abby will be assisting Dr. Rosario on his project researching energy storage in mice tendons.

Past lab members

Olivier Nguyen

Olivier Nguyen is currently a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Exercise Science (Pre-PT concentration) at West Chester University. He is interested in biomechanics, specifically aquatic potential in mammals. He will be assisting Dr. Rosario to design and build the equipment needed to analyze various forms of data regarding energy storage in biological structures.