Tessa Foti is a senior from Joplin, Missouri pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish. She joined the Schultz-Appel lab 2016 in the fall of her sophomore year working in collaboration with the Cocroft lab and joined the Cocroft lab officially a year later. Her project studies the ability of vibrations from butterfly egg-laying to induce a defensive chemical response in plants, fondly referred to as the Eggsperiment around the lab.
Outside of the lab, she also serves as the Co-President of the organization MU Student Wellness Advocates, which seeks to educate college students on healthy habits and resources, and as the chair of the Community Outreach Committee of the service organization Puppies with Purpose, which raises and socializes service dogs-in-training.
Her favorite animal is the sloth and she loves musicals.