Tara Byrum, Laboratory Manager
Originally from Pennsylvania, Tara earned Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Marine Science at Coastal Carolina University.She next graduated with a Master’s degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from Tulane University. In the lab, she is responsible for isolating and culturing cyanobacteria collected from locations all over the world. Also, she tests novel compounds extracted from these cyanobacteria in bioassays, NAMEly Voltage Gated Sodium Channel and Cytotoxicity assays. Outside the lab, Tara loves music, traveling, photography and yoga, and enjoys pretty much any outdoor activity, especially diving, snorkeling, hiking, and skiing.