Members of the Bernot Lab. Scroll to the bottom for info on joining the team.


Office: Gant W218

Lab: Gant W201

Storrs, CT 06269

Dr. James “Jimmy” Bernot (Principal Investigator)

Jimmy is an Assistant Professor of Integrative Organismal Biology of Invertebrates in the EEB Department at UConn. Prior to joining UConn, he completed an NSF postdoc fellowship on parasitic copepod evolution and spent one year each at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, the Senckenberg German Center for Marine Biodiversity Research, and the Natural History Museum, London. He completed his PhD in Genomics & Bioinformatics at George Washington University working on crustacean genomics and parasitic copepod evolution with Keith Crandall. Prior to that, he completed a MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a BS in Biology at UConn working with Janine Caira on the taxonomy, systematics, and host associations of tapeworms of triakid sharks. You can find more details on his CV. Jimmy is passionate about science outreach and engagement, you follow him on Twitter and Instagram @JimmyBernot for the latest updates. Jimmy also enjoys growing orchids, playing volleyball and racquetball, and reading sci-fi/fantasy books.

Felix Javier “Javi” Berrios Ortega (PhD student)


Netanya Williams (Masters student)


Interested in joining the team?

The Bernot Lab is based in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EEB) at UConn. Learn more about UConn EEB.

For graduate students:

If you are interested in joining the lab, get in touch with Dr. Bernot at In your email, it would be helpful to include:

  • Background information on yourself:
    • Your preparation for graduate school (e.g., undergraduate education, research experience, etc.)
    • Your research interests
    • Why you think the Bernot Lab would be a good place for your graduate research
    • If known, some ideas for potential research projects
  • A copy of your CV

You can find step-by-step application guide for the EEB graduate program and a related FAQ.

For undergrads:

Undergraduates interested in research in the lab are highly encouraged to take one of Dr. Bernot’s courses: Invertebrate Zoology (EEB 4275) and/or Introduction to Animal Parasitology (EEB 4274). It takes a while to learn techniques and complete a research project. To join the lab, undergraduates should commit to at least 9 hours/week in the lab (3+ independent study credits).