Daniel R. Marenda, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
- Department of Biology
- Drexel University

Associate Professor
- Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy
- Drexel University College of Medicine

PI
- Grant Writer
- Captain of the ship


- Dan grew up Italian-American in the corn and bean fields of Spring Valley, Illinois. He spent the first part of his life (in traditional Mendelian fashion) among the Benedictine monks of St. Bede Academy, learning the quiet pleasures of navel contemplation and scientific inquiry. After a brief stay with the Jesuits of Chicago, Dan moved to the snowy fields of upstate New York. There, he was seduced by the ruby-eyed temptress, Drosophila. Dan chased his newly acquired addiction to Atlanta, taking a position alongside the infamous crew of the pirate ship Moses. After mastering his craft and his chosen model system, Dan dropped anchor within the port of Philadelphia, where he continues to use the irresistible Drosophila as a lure to people his crew, and to seek his fortune.

 

 

 

 

 


Nina Latcheva

-Ph.D. Student
-Lt. Commander

Nina was born in Sofia, Bulgaria and traveled across the Atlantic in 1998. In 2007, she attended Rutgers University in the port of New Jersey where she first learned of her love of fruit flies. Despite spending the majority of her life plundering the Jersey shores, she never learned how to swim and in 2013 crossed the Delaware River to try her luck in the land-locked state of Pennsylvania among the crew of the Marenda pirate ship.

 

Edward Waddell

-Ph.D. Student
-Lt. Commander

Edward was born and raised on the shores of New Jersey, where he got his first taste of research as an undergraduate at Drexel University in 2012. After bouncing around between what life of treachery to pursue, he decided to request permission to come aboard the Marenda pirate ship to get a taste of the pirating lifestyle. Falling in love with the crews’ muse, the elegant fruit fly, Edward has decided to stay aboard and continue to sail the high seas searching for elusive treasure.

 

Kaytie Innamorati

-Ph.D. Student
-Lt. Commander

Kaytie was born and raised in Carlisle, Massachusetts, not too far from the harbors of Boston, though she has no accent (other than the occasional slip of "wicked"). As a young lass, she dreamed of sailing the scientific seas as a marine biologist. At age 17, she left her home in search of treasure, spending four years at Gettysburg College as a biochemistry and molecular biology major. She made her way upstream to Philadelphia, and dropped anchor for the present in the Marenda Lab, where she studies compounds for the treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.

 

 

Phuong Nguyen

-BS/MS student
-Lieutenant

Coming from a successful family of privateers of the South China Sea. Phuong Nguyen, researcher by day, pirate by night, walks a treacherously tight rope in her double life. As a sailor she roamed the east coast for two years before becoming a captive aboard the Marenda pirate ship during the summer of 2014. She quickly taught herself the ways of the formidable Drosophila crew as the hunt for the treasure continued. Cleverly disguised as a sweet, mild-mannered biology student, Phuong’s fellow shipmates will never unmask her insurgent motives.

 

 

Jennifer Viveiros

-Undergraduate Researcher
-Lt. Junior Grade

Growing up in the small town of Mendham, New Jersey, Jennifer wanted to venture out to new lands and oceans to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology. Once at Drexel University, Jennifer ventured onto the Marenda pirate ship, eager to plunder the uncovered riches of neurobiology. Under the command of a Lt. Commander, Siddhita Matre, she has been learning the code of the Marenda crew

 

 

Allsion Law

-Undergraduate Researcher
-Lt. Junior Grade

Originating from Roxbury, NJ, Allison, too, was kidnapped aboard the Marenda ship by Lt. Commander D'Rozario. Under his cruel and evil direction, she has learned to Lay Down the Law and keep the Drosophila in line. If trouble is afoot, she sends mutinous Drosophila to walk the plank. As an education major, she hopes to learn the ways of the ship, run away with her fortune, and to be able to teach future generations of scallywags how to face and conquer the stormy seas.