Trisha Staab
Assistant Professor of Biology

(317) 955-6544
Marian Hall, Room 062


Trisha Staab earned her B.S. in Molecular Biology from Harvey Mudd College in 2006. She then went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Integrative Physiology of Disease from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine. Her research investigated molecular stress pathways and how these pathways affect synaptic transmission at the neuromuscular junction in the model C. elegans. In 2019, she joined the faculty at Marian University where she works alongside Dr. Jason Chan to investigate lipid metabolism and the role lipids play on healthy aging in C. elegans.


  • Ph.D. Integrative Biology of Diseases, University of Southern California School of Medicine, 2014
  • B.S. Molecular Biology, Harvey Mudd College, 2006


  • BIO 204 Cell Biology
  • BIO 204L Cell Biology Lab
  • BIO 291 Biology Career Seminar
  • BIO 360/460 Biology Internship


  • Brabec JL, Vos MR, Staab TA, and Chan JP. (2018) Analysis of student attitudes of a neurobiology themed inquiry based research experience in first year biology labs. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 17(1)

  • Chan JP, Brown J, Hark B, Nolan A, Servello D, Hrobuchak H, and Staab TA. (2017) Loss of sphingosine kinase alters life history traits and locomotor function in Caenorhabditis elegans. Frontiers in Genetics 8(132)

  • Staab TA, Evgrafov O, Knowles JA and Sieburth DS. (2014) Regulation of synaptic nlg-1/neuroligin abundance by the skn-1/Nrf stress response pathway protects against oxidative stress. PLoS Genetics 10(1):e1004100

  • Chan JP, Staab TA, Wang H, Mazzasette C, Butte Z and Sieburth DS. (2013) Extrasynaptic muscarinic acetylcholine receptors on neuronal cell bodies regulate presynaptic function in C. elegans. The Journal of Neuroscience 33(35):14146-14159

  • Staab TA, Griffen TC, Corcoran C, Evgrafov O, Knowles JA and Sieburth DS. (2013) The conserved SKN-1/Nrf2 stress response pathway regulates synaptic function in Caenorhabditis elegans. PLoS Genetics 9(3): e1003354

  • Pickering AM, Staab TA, Tower J, Sieburth DS, and Davies KJ. (2012) “A conserved role for the 20S proteasome and Nrf2 transcription factor in oxidative stress adaptation in mammals, C. elegans and D. melanogaster.The Journal of Experimental Biology 216(Pt 4): 543-553

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