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Our Students

Our PhD students are actively involved in the research goals of our department.  They contribute to the publication of papers in peer-reviewed journals, make presentations at national and international meetings, and have competed successfully for funding for their research.  Most of our students participate in the Neuroscience concentration within the Biomedical Sciences graduate program.


Student Research Interests Current Lab

Haley Anderson

 G-protein coupled signaling as a potential therapy for pain Dr. Ken Walsh

Tyler Anderson-Seig

 Regulation of the basolateral amygdala by cholinergic inputs Dr. David Mott

Joshua Bratsch-Prince

 Impact of acetylcholine on inhibitory interneurons of the amygdala Dr. David Mott

AnnaMarie Buchanan

Alterations of serotonin and dopamine in neurodegenerative disease Dr. Larry Reagan

Coleman Calva

 Neural circuits that regulate orexin's effects on cognitive function Dr. Jim Fadel

Jennifer Erichsen

 Interactions between insulin signaling and aging in memory regulation Dr. Jim Fadel

Julie Finnell

 Mechanisms underlying susceptibility to stress Dr. Susan Wood

Ashley Galloway

 Regulation of astrocytes by dopamine Dr. Pavel Ortinski

Melinda Hersey

 Roles for neuroinflammation and serotonin in depression Dr. Larry Reagan

Nicholas Maxwell

Characterizing brain circuits that regulate feeding behavior Dr. Claudia Grillo

Richard McCain

 Interactions between metabolic stress, glia, and neurodegeneration Dr. Norma Frizzell

Kaitlyn Pilarzyk

 Molecular mechanisms that regulate social behavior and memory Dr. Michy Kelly

Brandy Somera

 Changes in basal forebrain neurochemistry with aging Dr. Jim Fadel

Sarah 'Kitty' Tryon

 Regulation of synaptic transmission in the basolateral amygdala Dr. David Mott