About Us


Alifya Saify

Alifya Saify: I am the lab manager at WSU Tri-Cities for both the Cheeke Soil Microbial Ecology Lab & the Roley Watershed Biogeochemistry Lab.  Prior to joining WSU, I studied Biology and Psychology at Indiana University (IU).  As an undergrad I did research for two years at Dr. Goldstone’s Concepts & Percepts Lab studying blocked and interleaved learning processes.  Afterwards  I joined Dr. Cheeke in Jim Bever’s lab at IU as a molecular lab assistant and spent a summer interning at Rocky Mountain National Park.  In the future I hope to further my career in environmental research/conservation and plan on pursuing a Masters degree.  I enjoy watching Netflix, reading, hiking, and trying out new restaurants in my free time.


Megan Brauner

Megan Brauner:I am an undergraduate student at WSU Tri-Cities studying biology. I previously worked in the Molecular Research Core Facility at ISU and I am excited to continue expanding my laboratory techniques.


Bryndalyn Corey

Bryndalyn Coreyis currently a student at Washington State University Tri-Cities working on her Bachelor of Science, majoring in biology and chemistry for pre-veterinary medicine. Before transferring to WSU, she received her Associate in Arts and Sciences from Columbia Basin College. She currently works as an assistant at the Animal Hospital of Pasco, and in her free time she enjoys hiking, playing with her two dogs, and singing in choirs. She’s very interested in molecular biosciences and passionate about protecting and restoring the planet, which is one reason that she decided to join the Cheeke lab team.


Jasmine Gonzales

Jasmine Gonzales: I am a current student at Washington State University pursuing a bachelors in Biology and a minor in Psychology. I have previously worked in Dr. Michael Khan Biological Chemistry lab in Pullman and participated in research studying the symbiotic relationship between rhizobacteria and crop plants such as legumes and soybeans. Growing up in Washington state wine country I developed an interest in the local wine industry. After graduation I would like to fine a career in wine science or viticulture. In my free time I brew beer and engage in outdoor activates such as hikes around the Palouse and Columbia Basin in the summer and winter snowboarding adventures.


Catalina Yepez

Catalina Yepez : I am a senior here at WSU-TC. I am pursuing a biological sciences degree and will be applying to Optometry school this summer. My goal is to become a Pediatric Optometrist! I love being outdoors, hiking, bike riding, and spending time with my family. I am a transfer student from Columbia Basin College, and finishing my degree from WSU-TC was one of the best decisions I ever made!