JoAnn Banda, Great Lakes Genetics Lab
GK-12 Fellow (2009-2010, partnered with Paulette Cole, Toledo Early College High School)
CV - 2010
JoAnn became interested in the Great Lakes while earning her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science at Bowling Green State University. During a summer internship with United States Geological Survey (USGS) in Sandusky, Ohio, she realized she would like to work with fish. She was was introduced to genetics and her current research while participating in the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates in Dr. Carol Stepien’s Great Lakes Genetics Laboratory. Her Master’s research looked at the temporal and spatial genetic patterns among Lake Erie Walleye spawning groups. She extracted DNA from a small piece of fin, amplified segments of nuclear DNA called microsatellite loci using Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), and used genetic software to analyze allele frequencies and detect patterns. JoAnn is currently employed as a Biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.