Alexis Kollasch is a senior from Memphis, Tennessee pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Psychology at the University of Missouri. She joined the lab in the fall of 2015. Her research interests include recording and inspecting the various feeding vibrations of herbivorous insects. Her research project compared the effects of feeding vibrations from two caterpillars, Pieris rapae and Trichoplusia ni,on the production of defensive chemicals of model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.
Alexis also serves as the Initiate Advisor of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity and volunteers in the memory care unit of a local nursing home, The Bluffs. Her future goals include attending medical school and pursuing a career in pathology or infectious diseases.
Her other passions include drawing, painting, baking, and scuba diving. Her favorite animal is the shark, but she’s a serious cat lover.