Dr. Rebecca Lyczak was honored with the Laughlin Award for Outstanding Research at the 2012 commencement of Ursinus College. Her research focuses on early development in C. elegans, the nematode worm that has proven to be so useful in elucidating genetics and genetic disorders, including in humans. Dr. Lyczak has earned several grants including a grant from the National Institute of Health and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Her current NSF grant is titled: “Centrosome Positioning and Polarity Establishment in the C. elegans Embryo.” Dr. Lyczak has a large number of talented undergraduates doing research in her laboratory.
Dr. Lyczak teaches genetics, developmental biology, molecular genetics, and the freshman seminar, Common Intellectual Experience. She has been very active in organizing the genetics course and currently serves as a CIE coordinator. She earned her Ph.D. with Distinction at the Cornell University, Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, New York, N.Y. in 1999.