2 main areas of research

  • Developmental Patterning of C. elegans and Similar Nematodes
  • Local Nematode Isolation, Characterization, and Identification

Students who currently work in the Grana lab

  • Mejgan Mukhtarzada
  • P. Cole Eskridge

Former Students

  • Erika Baardsen, currently a medical student at Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Sean Freeman, researcher at the University of Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris for the 2011-12 school year; beginning medical school in 2012.
  • Erin Haynes, currently a PT student at VCU.
  • Ann Wang, currently a Ph.D student in Biomedical Engineering at VCU.

Important links for the lab:



C, elegans Webserver

Nematode Isolation Guide

Felix Lab Strain Database

Worm Systematics

959 Nematodes – Blaxter lab

The Prize

Examples of uses of worms: Neuroboiology