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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

    Samantha Bouknight

    Impact of psychosocial stress on neurological alterations and development Dr. Susan Wood

    Hannah Burzynski

    Circuitry of insulin-mediated neuroplasticity Dr. Larry Reagan

    Tyler Cox

    Interactions between stress an dage-related cognitive dysfunction Dr. Joseph McQuail

    Jennifer Erichsen

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

    Erin Gorman

    The role of brain mitochondrial function in neuropsychiatric disorders Dr. Fiona Hollis

    Carly Halcomb

    Neural circuits and mechanisms of fear learning and generalization Dr. Aaron Jasnow

    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

    Brittany Pope

    Neuroprotective effects of exercise on cardiovascular health Dr. Susan Wood

    Katherine Rentschler

    Gliotransmission and Sleep: Role of Kynurenic Acid Dr. Ana Pocivavsek

    Daniel Joyner

     Master of Science, Biomedical Science Dr. Fiona Hollis

    Ronald Smithwick

    Master of Science, Biomedical Science Dr. Sujit Pujhari

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