Principal Investigator


Dr. Alexis pasulka


  • B.S., Arizona State University (Biology)

  • Ph.D., Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego (Biological Oceanography)

  • Postdoc, California Institute of Technology (Microbial Ecology and Geobiology)




I'm excited to be part of the Pasulka Lab for my master's work. My research focuses on characterizing the response of marine phytoplankton to various stressors using ‘omic approaches. I received my BA in Biology from Occidental College. During my undergraduate I conducted research in microbial symbiosis and marine environmental monitoring for the Symbiosis Laboratory and Vantuna Research Group, respectively. Before starting the master's at Cal Poly, I worked in sexual violence prevention and education in Los Angeles developing educational programs and providing direct advocacy to survivors for two years. When I'm not in lab or out at sea, I find peace listening to records, hiking and traveling. 

Undergraduate Students

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Mason Wright

I am a third-year Biological Sciences major focusing in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Cal Poly, SLO. I facilitate various levels of biology workshops at Cal Poly. Some of my extracurricular activities include participation in the American Medical Student Association and practicing Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu at my local Paragon Jiu-Jitsu gym. Currently, I am interested in exploring the distributions and spatial arrangements of marine microorganisms using epifluorescent microscopy.


Laura Lodolo

I am a third year Biological Sciences major at Cal Poly SLO. I was born in Milan, Italy and can speak Italian fluently. During the winter season, I am an Elephant Seal Ambassador at San Simeon State Beach and get to observe elephant seals and educate tourists and locals about them. Outside of class I am on Cal Poly’s Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Team. I am interested in marine life and the wondrous capabilities of the ocean’s microorganisms.



I am a second year Biological Sciences major at Cal Poly, SLO. I am a Frost Scholar and am also completing the coursework necessary to obtain a Spanish minor. In my free time, when I'm not studying chemistry or cooking, I like to go backpacking in the Trinity Alps and am a member of the Wildlife Club. I'm interested in exploring the diverse array of marine microorganisms and their trends through time.