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2023

Wayne Barnaby
PhD
Wayne Barnaby
B.S. Biology, Westfield State College, 2017

Pronouns: he/him

Research Interests: The structure and function of synaptic and extrasynaptic receptors that regulate motor function and locomotion. Currently targeting GABA receptor subunits with CRISPR gene editing in order to characterize their role in various forms of epilepsy.

Advisor: Gerald B. Downes

@email

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Emma Dauster
Emma Dauster
B.S. Biology, Case Western Reserve University, 2017

Pronouns: she/her

Research Interests: Sex differences in neural circuits regulating attention, specifically through norepinephrine release from the locus coeruleus. 

Advisor: Elena Vazey

@email

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Joseph Dwyer
Joseph Dwyer
B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Umass Amherst 2017 and B.S., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Umass Amherst 2017

Research Interests: Revealing the brain circuitry that controls social behavior

Advisor: Joseph Bergan

@email

 

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Kyle Kainec
Kyle Kainec
BS, Neuroscience, The Ohio State University 2017

Research Interests: I am currently using fMRI and EEG to investigate the effects of sleep on procedural memory consolidation, and how this process changes across normal healthy aging

Advisor: Rebecca Spencer

@email

 

 

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Adaeze Egwuatu
Adaeze Egwuatu
B.S. Psychology, University of Florida, December 2011

Research Interests: The neural mechanisms underlying self-regulation in typical and atypical populations throughout development

Advisor: Jennifer McDermott

@email

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Sumire Dorothy Sato
Sumire Dorothy Sato
B.S. Human Physiology, Boston University, May 2012
D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine, May 2016

Advisor: Julia T. Choi(link is external)

Research Interests: Motor learning, motor control

@email

 

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Andrea Silva-Gotay
Andrea Silva-Gotay
B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras, 2014

Research Interests: I am interested in adolescent brain development and how drugs of abuse, especially alcohol, can interfere with the normal course of myelination during this period.

Advisor: Heather N. Richardson

@email

 

 

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Jessica Caballero-Feliciano
Jessica Caballero-Feliciano
B.A., Psychology, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, 2014

Research Interests: Neurobiological and anatomical mechanisms underlying response execution and inhibition, decision making and working memory.

Advisor: David E. Moorman

Dissertation Title: ROLE OF PREFRONTAL CORTEX IN REWARD SEEKING BEHAVIORS ROLE OF PREFRONTAL CORTEX IN REWARD SEEKING BEHAVIORS

@email

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Len Jacob
Len Jacob
B.S. Biology, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil, 2013

Research Interests: Vision and memory

@email

 

Advisor: David E. Huber(link is external)

 

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Nicole Lee
Nicole Lee
B.A., Biology & English, Cornell University, May 2015

Advisor: Annaliese Beery(link is external)

Research Interests: Neuroendocrinology, social behavior, neuropeptides

@email

 

 

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Sarah Winokur
PhD
Sarah Winokur
B.A., Neuroscience, Smith College, 2015

Research Interests: Neurobiological mechanisms underlying social behaviors, with a particular focus on maternal behavior and postpartum depression

Advisor: Mariana Pereira

@email

Beata Kaminska-Kordowska
PhD Student
Beata Kaminska-Kordowska
B.S. in Developmental Neuropsychology, B.A. in Spanish Communication. University of Connecticut, May 2014

Research Interests: The role of appetitive and aversive conditioning in the neural mechanisms of learning

Advisor: David E. Moorman

@email

 

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Matheus Macedo-Lima
PhD Student
Matheus Macedo-Lima
B.S. Biology, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil, October 2013

Research Interests: Evolutionary neurobiology/endocrinology, song learning and songbird development

Advisor: Luke Remage–Healey

@email

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2019

John Hernandez
PhD Student
John Hernandez
B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, May 2010
M.S. Biology, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, August 2012

Research Interests: Behavioral, Electrophysiological, and Molecular mechanisms underlying sexually dimorphic behavior

Advisor: David E. Moorman

@email

 

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Margaret Ugolini
PhD Student
Margaret Ugolini
B.S., Biopsychology, Cognition, & Neuroscience, University of Michigan, May 2013

Research Interests: Electrophysiological correlates of language comprehension and auditory attention in the developing brain.

Advisor: Lisa Sanders

@email

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Daniel Vahaba
PhD Student
Daniel Vahaba
B.S. Psychology, Wayne State University, May 2011

Research Interests: The role of brain-derived estradiol in songbird vocal communication learning across development

Advisor: Luke Remage–Healey

@email

 

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2018

Chaia Flegenheimer
PhD Student
Chaia Flegenheimer
B.A. Neuroscience and Behavior, Vassar College, May 2013

Research Interests: The development of attention in typically and atypically developing populations

Advisor: Jennifer McDermott

@email

 

 

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Elina Kaplan
PhD Student
Elina Kaplan
B.S. Neuroscience, Brandeis University, May 2007

Research Interests: Multimodal processing and attention.

Advisor: Alexandra Jesse

@email

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Matthew LaClair
PhD Student
Matthew LaClair
B.A. Psychology, Eastern Connecticut State University, May 2006

Research Interests: Neuroendocrinology, cognition and goal-directed behavior

@email

 

Advisor: Agnès Lacreuse(link is external)

 

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Janna Mantua
PhD Student
Janna Mantua
B.A. Psychology, West Virginia University, May 2011

Research Interests: Sleep, memory consolidation, and aging

Advisor: Rebecca E. Ready

Dissertation Title: Assessing the long-term sequelae of mild traumatic brain injury

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research

@email

 

 

Akshata Sonni
PhD Student
Akshata Sonni
B.A. Psychology, West Virginia University, May 2011

Research Interests: Sleep, Memory and Aging; Sleep and Movement Disorders; Role of the cerebellum in time perception

Advisor: Rebecca Spencer

@email

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2017

Amanda Cremone
PhD Student
Amanda Cremone
B.S. in Psychology & Biology, Merrimack College, May 2012

Research Interests: Role of sleep and early experience on development and cognitive functioning

Advisor: Jennifer McDermott, Rebecca Spencer

Dissertation Title: The role of sleep on inhibitory control in young children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

@email

 

Amanda A. Krentzel
PhD Student
Amanda A. Krentzel
B.S. Neuroscience, Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport (May 2011)

Research Interests: Molecular and Behavioral Neuroendocrinology; Sexual Differentiation and Sexual Dimorphism

Advisor: Luke Remage–Healey

Dissertation Title: Sex differences in rapid estradiol signaling in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia Guttata) auditory cortex

@email

 

 

Amy M. Ryan
PhD Student
Amy M. Ryan
B.S. Biology, College of William & Mary (May 2007)
M.A. Psychology, Hunter College-City University of New York (May 2011)

Advisor: Melinda Novak

Dissertation Title: The effects of predictability on stereotypic behavior in nonclinical adult humans (Homo sapiens) and rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

@email

Amarylis Velez-Perez
PhD Student
Amarylis Velez-Perez
B.A. Psychology, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, May 2009

Research Interests: Effects of stressors during puberty on adult behavior

Dissertation Title: Estradiol enhances inflammation during pubertal development in female mice

@email

 

2016

Mary C. Catanese
PhD Student
Mary C. Catanese
B.A. English, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2008)

Research Interests: Cellular and Molecular Signaling Pathways

Dissertation Title: Alterations to maternal behavior and brain by exogenous estrogen exposure

Position: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mary_Catanese

@email

 

 

Yi-Ling Lu
PhD Student
Yi-Ling Lu
B.S. Biology, National Cheng Kung University, June 2004
M.S. Institute of Neuroscience, National Yang-Ming University, June 2006

Research Interests: Stress Response in Prefrontal Cortex

Advisor: Heather N. Richardson

Dissertation Title: Characterization of corticotropin-releasing factor cells in the medial prefrontal cortex of rats

@email

Wanette Vargas
PhD Student
Wanette Vargas
B.S. Psychology, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez, May 2009

Research Interests: Neurobiological Mechanisms of Alcohol Addiction

Advisor: Heather N. Richardson

Dissertation Title: Alcohol, binge drinking during adolescence and prefrontal myelination

@email

 

2015

Amanda F. Hamel
PhD Student
Amanda F. Hamel
B.S. Animal Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2008

Research Interests: Primate Cognition and Behavior

Advisor: Melinda Novak

Dissertation Title: Interactions between the hypothalmic-pituitary-adrenal axis, oxytocin system, and behavior in differently reared rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta)

@email

 

 

Emily Manoogian
PhD Student
Emily Manoogian
B.A. Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley, June 2010

Research Interests: Circadian Rhythms and Neuroendocrinology: Melatonin Influence on the Brain and Reproductive Axis

Advisor: Eric L. Bittman

Dissertation Title: Behavioral, neurobiological, and genetic analysis of the circadian mutant duper

@email

2014

Laura B. Kurdziel
PhD Student
Laura B. Kurdziel
B.S. Zoology, University of Maryland, 2005
M.S. Animal Behavior, Bucknell University, 2007
Ph.D. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

Research Interests: Cerebellar Ataxia/Movement Disorders; Aging, Sleep, Primate Cognition

Advisor: Rebecca Spencer

Dissertation Title: The role of napping on memory consolidation in preschool children

@email

 

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PhD Student
Patrick Taylor

Research Interests: Temporally Selective Attention

Advisor: Lisa Sanders

Dissertation Title: Effects of Auditory and Visual Temporally Selective Attention on Electrophysiological Indices of Early Perceptual Processing 

 

 

2013

Ahren B. Fitzroy
PhD Student
Ahren B. Fitzroy
B.S. Psychology/ Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2007

Research Interests: Cortical Organization of Music and Speech Perception

Advisor: Lisa Sanders

Dissertation Title: The Effects of Metric Strength on the Allocation of Attention Across Time

Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow; Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

@email

Bryan Monesson-Olson
PhD Student
Bryan Monesson-Olson
B.S. Neuroscience, University of Miami, May 2006

Research Interests: The genetics and development of motor behavior

Advisor: Gerald B. Downes

Dissertation Title: Forward and Reverse Genetic Approaches to Studying Locomotor Behavior: SERCA and GABAA Receptors in the Zebrafish Embryo

Position: Director of the Honors Program and Lecturer, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, UMass Amherst

@email

 

Erica Y. Shen
PhD Student
Erica Y. Shen
B.A. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dartmouth College, December 2005

Research Interests: MDMA Sensitization Using CPP Paradigm

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience/Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

@email

 

 

Nina M. Shinday
PhD Student
Nina M. Shinday
B.S. Biopsychology, University of California at Santa Barbara, June 2005

Research Interests: The Role of GABA in Cocaine Addiction

Dissertation Title: Neuroadaptations and Behavioral Profiles Associated with Cocaine Self-administration in ...

Position: Harvard Medical School: New England Primate Center

@email

2012

William S. Bush
PhD Student
William S. Bush
B.A. Cognitive Science, Hampshire College, May 2002
M.S. Computer Science, UMass Amherst (Feb 2006)

Research Interests: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Investigations of Visual Selective Attention

Advisor: Kyle R. Cave, Lisa Sanders

Dissertation Title: Gradients and ranges of visually selective attention based on location, objects, color, and size:  Gradients are universal, but range is uniquely spatial

Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar with Shaun Vecera, Visual Attention and Perception, University of Iowa

@email

 

Carrie E. Mahoney
PhD Student
Carrie E. Mahoney
B.S. Sports Science, University of Connecticut-Storrs, May 2001
M.A. Kinesiology, University of Connecticut-Storrs, December 2005

Research Interests: Circadian Rhythms

Advisor: Eric L. Bittman

Dissertation Title: Lateralization of central circadian pacemaker output

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Sleep Medicine and Program in Sleep, Circadian, and Respiratory Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

@email

 

 

Ying Zhou
PhD Student
Ying Zhou
B.S. Biology, Fudan University, July 2002

Research Interests: The Role of Morgue, A Novel Gene in the Development of Drosophila Nervous System

Position: MS at Cornell on Information Science, now applying to "Data Science for Social Good" at Univ. of Chicago 

@email

2011

Lori B. Astheimer
PhD Student
Lori B. Astheimer
M.S. Neuroscience & Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Feb 2008

Advisor: Lisa Sanders

Position: Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts Previous postition:  Postdoctoral Fellow, York University, Department of Psychology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

@email

 

Karlie A. Intlekofer
PhD Student
Karlie A. Intlekofer
B.S. Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, May 2005

Research Interests: The Effect of Dioxin on the Developing Neuroendocrine Brain and Subsequent Deficits in Reproduction

Advisor: Sandra Petersen

Position: Lecturer, Psychology/Neuroscience Department, University of Vermont Previous position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Irvine, Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia, Research and Graduate Studies

@email

 

 

2011

Molly B. Johnson
PhD Student
Molly B. Johnson

Advisor: Richard van Emmerik

Dissertation Title: "Effect of Head Orientation on Dynamic Postural Stability and Torso Coordination"

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine

@email

Elaine K. Murray
PhD Student
Elaine K. Murray

Dissertation Title: "The Role of Histone Acetylation in Sexual Differentiation of the Mouse Brain"

Position: Lecturer in Stratified Medicine(Mental Health) at University of Ulster, School of Medicine, Aberdeen, Scotland

@email

 

Eliza L. Nelson
PhD Student
Eliza L. Nelson

Dissertation Title: "Examining the Development of Handedness in Rhesus Monkey and Human Infants Using Behavioral and Kinematic Measures"

Position: Assistant Professor at Florida International University, Developmental Science, Department of Psychology

@email

 

 

Benjamin D. Rood
PhD Student
Benjamin D. Rood

Dissertation Title: "Vasopressin Anatomy of the Mouse Brain"

Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

@email

2009

Dominik K. Biezonski
PhD Student
Dominik K. Biezonski

Dissertation Title: "Investigations into the Potential for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine to Induce Neurotoxic Terminal Damage to Serotonergic Neurons"

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Columbia University Medical Center

@email

 

Destinee L. Chambers
PhD Student
Destinee L. Chambers

Dissertation Title: "Understanding Occlusion Inhibition: A Study of the Visual Processing of Superimposed Figures"

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wesleyan University, Department of Psychology, Middletown, Connecticut

@email

 

 

Amanda M. Dettmer
PhD Student
Amanda M. Dettmer

Position: Post Doctoral Fellow at National Institutes of Health

@email

 

 

Iris L. Price
PhD Student
Iris L. Price

Dissertation Title: "Visuospatial Reasoning in Toddlers: A Correlational Investigation of Door Task Performance"

Position: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Coordinator, Office of Research Affairs, University of Massachusetts, 

Marianne Seney
PhD Student
Marianne Seney
B.A. Biology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts (May 2001)
Ph.D. Neuroscience and Behavior, UMass Amherst (September 2009)

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2008

Dena A. Jacob
Dena A. Jacob

Dissertation Title: "The Role of Cell Death in the Development of a Sexually Dimorphic Neuromuscular SysteN"

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Weinberg Institute for ALS, Thomas Jefferson University

@email

Brian J. Kelly
Brian J. Kelly
B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2003
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2006
Ph.D. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2008

Dissertation Title: Thesis: Comprehension of a Scale-Model Task by Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta) Dissertation: Processing Spatial Information from Photographs, Video, and Scale Models: Complex Mental Representation in Children (Homo sapiens) and Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)

Position: Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Fitchburg State University 

@email

 

Julie Laroche
Julie Laroche

Dissertation Title: Neuroendocrine Effects of Peripubertal Stress Exposure in the Female Mouse

Position: Canadian Government

@email

 

 

Ashvin K. Shah
Ashvin K. Shah

Dissertation Title: "Biologically-Based Functional Mechanisms of Motor Skill Acquisition"

Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Adaptive Behaviour Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, U.K.

@email

2007

Melissa A. Birkett
Melissa A. Birkett

Dissertation Title: "Investigation of Serotonergic and GABA-ergic Interactions in Physiological and Bheavioral Measures of Anxiety"

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

@email

 

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Angela N. Duke

Dissertation Title: "GABA A Receptor Mechanisms in Benzodiazepine Physical Dependence and Tolerance"

Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Mentor Dr. Mike Nader Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

@email

 

 

Jeremy D. Houser
Jeremy D. Houser

Dissertation Title: "The Invasion of Linyphia triangularis (Araneae Linyphiidae) in Maine: Ecological and Behavioral Interactions with Native Species"

Position: Native Plant Nursery Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, Martha's Vineyard, Primary Job; Vineyard Conservation Society, Communications Coordinator

@email

Veronica Lopez
Veronica Lopez

Dissertation Title: "Transiently Expressed Progestin Receptors in the Perinatal Rat Isocortex"

Position: Formerly Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Arts/Art History Graduate Student at Stanford University

@email

 

Brian J. Piper
Brian J. Piper

Dissertation Title: "Adolescent 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or Ecstasy) Exposure in Rats: Behavioral, Neurochemical, and Pharmocokinetic Activity

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Husson Univeristy, Bangor, Maine

@email

 

 

Christa D. Skow
Christa D. Skow

Dissertation Title: "Jumping Spiders and Aposematic Prey: The Role of Contextual Cues During Learned Avoidance"

Position: Laboratory Instructorship, Department of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

2006

Matthew D. Davenport
Matthew D. Davenport

Dissertation Title: "Physiological Aspects of Chronic Stress in the Rhesus Monkey: Effects of Self-Injurious Behavior"

Position: Senior Scientist at Biotrofix, Inc. 

@email

Christina Metevier
Christina Metevier

Advisor: Melinda Novak

Dissertation Title: "Tool Using in Rhesus Monkeys and 36-Month-Old Children: Acquisition, Comprehension, and Individual Differences"

Position: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

@email

 

Heather A. Molenda-Figueira
Heather A. Molenda-Figueira

Dissertation Title: "Nuclear Receptor Coactivators Modulate Hormone-Dependent Gene Expression in Brain and Female Reproductive Behavior in Rats"

Position: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

@email

 

 

Robert J. Polewan
Robert J. Polewan

Dissertation Title: "Physiological and Behavior Studies of Rabbit Eyeblink Conditioning Under Temporal Uncertainty: Purkinje Cell Response and Compound Conditioning"

Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX Previous position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

@email

Trisha K. Prunty
Trisha K. Prunty

Dissertation Title: "Comparison of Child (Homo sapiens) and Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Search Strategies on Invisible Displacement Tasks"

Position: Associate Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Lindenwood- Belleville University 

@email

 

Sarah C. Strand
Sarah C. Strand

Dissertation Title: Impact of Early Rearing Environment on the Behavior and Physiology of Juvenile and Adolescent Mother-Peer, Surrogate-Peer, and Peer-Only Reared Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)

Position: Staff Research Associate III-Supervisor, Brain, Mind and Behavior Unit, California National Primate Research Center, Davis, California Lecturer in Psychology, California State University Sacremento

@email(link sends e-mail)

2004

Princy Quadros Mennella
Princy Quadros Mennella

Dissertation Title: "New Insights into Steroid Hormone Regulation of Progesterone Receptor Expression: Age, Sex and Region Predict Estradiol Action in the Rat Brain"

Position: Director, Neuroscience Program, Bay Path College

@email

Erich N. Ottem
Erich N. Ottem

Advisor: Sandra Petersen

Dissertation Title: "Glutamatergic and GABAerigic Regulation of Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone Neurons"

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

@email

 

2003

Stephan Froggett
Stephan Froggett

Dissertation Title: "Endocytosis Dependent Critical Periods Mediated Proper Giant Fiber Escape Circuit Development in Drosophila melanogaster"

Position: Science Advisor, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA/OSTA/NTPMD, Washington, D.C.

@email

Susan Kralian
Susan Kralian

Dissertation Title: "Stabilization of the Frog Neuromuscular Junction: Terminal Schwann Cells and the Actin Cytoskeleton"

Position: President and Chief Medical Writer, Oncology Medical Writing Services, Inc., New York 

@email

 

2002

Amy L. Bennett
Amy L. Bennett

Dissertation Title: "An Investigation of the Mechanisms by Which Mating Stimulation Facilitates and Terminates Sexual Receptivity in Female Rats"

Position: Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Villa Julie College, Stevenson, Maryland

@email

 

 

Tina Han
Tina Han

Dissertation Title: "Sexual Differentiation of Arginine Vasopressin Expression in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis and Medial Amygdala in Rats"

Position: Field Applications Specialist, Affymetrix, Inc. Santa Clara, California

@email

Juli Jones
Juli Jones

Dissertation Title: "Neuroendocrine Bases of Nutritional Infertility in Syrian Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus)"

Position: Principal Scientist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals

@email

 

Alison McReynolds
Alison McReynolds

Dissertation Title: "An in vivo Investigation of the Role of the 5-HT 1A Receptor in Brain Development"

Position: Professional Education Scientific Manager, Teva Neuroscience (field based position in Aurora, Colorado)

@email

 

 

Susan L. Zup
Susan L. Zup

Dissertation Title: "The Role of Bcl-2 Family Members in Sexual Differentiation and Adult Neural Plasticity"

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

@email

 

 

2001

Meredith Curran-Rauhut
Meredith Curran-Rauhut

Dissertation Title: "The Role of Brainstem Noradrenergic Neurons in Communicating Steroid Hormone Signals to Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone Neurons"

Position: Adjunct Faculty, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

@email

Skirmantas Janusonis
Skirmantas Janusonis

Advisor: Katherine Fite

Dissertation Title: Anatomical and Functional Analysis of the Subdivisions of the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus in the Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara

@email

 

Stefan Tiefenbacher
Stefan Tiefenbacher

Dissertation Title: "The Pathophysiology of Self-Injurious Behavior in Rhesus Macaques"

Position: Associate Vice Presiden, Labcorp, Esoterix, Inc., Englewood, Colorado

@email

 

 

2000

Jerry Russell Keath
Jerry Russell Keath

Dissertation Title: "An Analysis of the Desensitization of PC12 Cells to ATP"

Position: Study Director, ChanTest Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio

@email

 

Young-Ho Koh
Young-Ho Koh

Dissertation Title: "Synapse Assembly: Role of DLG in Synaptic Plasticity and its Regulation by Ca2+/Calmodulin-Dependent Kinase II"

Position: Associate Professor, Ilsong Institute of Life Science, Hallym University, Republic of Korea

@email

 

 

Yue Ma
Yue Ma

Dissertation Title: "Characterization and Functional Analyses of Sox Genefish-hook in Drosophila Embryonic Development"

Position: Professor, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China

@email

Constanza A. Villalba
Constanza A. Villalba

Dissertation Title: "Neurochemical Control of Social Behavior in Male and Female Prairie Voles"

Position: Medical Writer and Editor, Health Dialog, Inc. Boston, Ma; Executive Editor, Health News at Massachusetts

 

1999

Catherine J. Auger
Catherine J. Auger

Dissertation Title: "The Role of Progestin Receptors in Arginine Vasopressin Cells in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminals and the Centromedial Amygdala of Rats and Mice"

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

@email

 

Darlene H. Brunzell
Darlene H. Brunzell

Dissertation Title: "The Long-Term Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure on Learning in Rats"

Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

@email

 

 

June Seek Choi
June Seek Choi

Dissertation Title: "Classical Eyeblink Conditioning with Mixed Interstimulus Intervals: Temporal Integration of Response Topography and Neuronal Correlates"

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea

@email

Lucille M. Collins
Lucille M. Collins

Dissertation Title: "Neurotensin Gene Expression in a Rat Model of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure"

Position: Educational Information Consultant, Medical University of the Americas, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies

@email

 

 

Anitha K. Panicker
Anitha K. Panicker

Dissertation Title: "Neural Mechanisms Regulating Metabolic Fuel Deprivation-induced Infertility in Syrian Hamsters"

Position: Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

@email

Anthony S. Rauhut
Anthony S. Rauhut

Dissertation Title: "A Reanalysis of Cue-Competition Effects in Pavlovian Fear Conditioning in Rats: Implications for Neuronal Theories of Learning and Memory"

Position: Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Neuroscience Program, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

@email

 

1998

Anthony P. Auger
Anthony P. Auger

Dissertation Title: "A Novel Pathway for Progestin Receptor Activation that influences Both Neuronal Response and Behavior in Female Rats"

Position: Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

@email

 

 

Horacio O. de la Iglesia
Horacio O. de la Iglesia

Advisor: Eric L. Bittman

Dissertation Title: "Interactions Between the Circadian and Reproductive Systems of the Female Syrian Hamster"

Position: Professor, University of Washington, Department of Biology, Seattle

Ping Jin
Ping Jin

Dissertation Title: "Neural Plasticity and its Molecular Mechanisms in Drosophila"

Position: Clinical Pain Fellow, MGM Pain Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), Boston, Massachusetts

@email

Robert Mangels
Robert Mangels

Dissertation Title: "Effect of Photoperiod on Steroid Receptors and Responsiveness to Sociosexual Stimuli in Female Syrian Hamsters"

Position: Assistant Dean, Science & Engineering, Yale University Graduate School, New Haven, Connecticut

@email

 

Janice E. McPhee
Janice E. McPhee

Dissertation Title: "Latently Inhibited Stimuli are Weakened in their Ability to Serve as Blockers and Second Order Reinforcers in Pavlovian Fear Conditioning"

Position: Professor of Psychology, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft Myers, Florida

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Suman Reddy
Suman Reddy

Dissertation Title: "Characterization of stalled, A Grooming Mutant that Interacts with Laminin"

Position: Associate Scientist, Cambria Biosciences, Bedford, Massachusetts

@email

1997

Yuzhi Chen
Yuzhi Chen

Dissertation Title: "Simian Virus 40 Signaling Promotes Viral Entry to Caveolae and MAB Against MHC Class I Induces Adhesion of Fibroblasts to T Cells"

Position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Geriatrics and Dept of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

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Anna Dunaevsky

Dissertation Title: "The Role of Target Muscle Fibers in the Maintenance of the Frog Motor Nerve Terminals"

Position: Associate Professor of Developmental Neuroscience at the Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center

@email

 

Lei Zhou
Lei Zhou

Dissertation Title: "Programmed Cell Death and Central Nervous System (CNS) Midline Function in Drosophila Embryonic Development"

Position: Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida, Gainesville

@email

 

 

1996

José E. Burgos
José E. Burgos

Dissertation Title: "Computational Explorations of the Evolution of Artificial Neural Networks in Pavlovian Environments"

Position: Full Professor and Researcher, Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones en Comportamiento, Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Andrew A. Hill
Andrew A. Hill

Dissertation Title: "Synaptic Dynamics and Neuronal Integration in the Cricket Cercal Sensory System"

Position: Assistant Professor, Dept Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey

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Zheng Li
Zheng Li
PhD, University of Massachusetts, 1996

Dissertation Title: "GABAergic Organization in the Visual System of the Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens"

Position: Vice President, Head of Neuroexcitation Discovery Performance Unit, R&D Neuroscience, GlaxoSmithKline

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Lauren P. Shearman
Lauren P. Shearman

Dissertation Title: "Cocaine-Sensitive Monoamine Transporters in Rat Placenta Labeled with [125I]RTI-55 and [3H]Nisoxetine

Position: Associate Director, Scientific Liaison, External Scientific Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc West Point, Pennsylvania

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Joanne C. Turcotte
Joanne C. Turcotte

Dissertation Title: "Projections From the Estrogen Receptor-Rich Region of the Hypothalamus to Other Estrogen-Containing Sites in Female Guinea Pigs"

Position: Formerly Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass

Christopher J. Tyler
Christopher J. Tyler

Dissertation Title: "The Retinofugal Projection in Rana Pipiens: I. The optic projection within the perichiasm and evidence for the realignment of the dual retinotopic organization. II. Morphological Organization of the optic nerve and tract."

Position: Biology Teacher, Harrison High School, Harrison, New York

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1995

Rocio Vegas
Rocio Vegas

Dissertation Title: "Appetitive Vlassical Conditioning of the Swallowing Response in the Pigeon (Columba Livia): Effects of the CS-US and CS-UR Relations"

Position: Director of the Institute of Psychology, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Caracas, Venezuela

 

1994

Graeme W. Davis
Graeme W. Davis

Dissertation Title: "Synaptic Matching in the Cricket Cercal Sensory System"

Position: Albert Bowers Professor and Chair Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics University of California San Francisco

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Thomas P. Goodness
Thomas P. Goodness

Dissertation Title: "The Neural Response of Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster) to Conspecific Odors"

Position: Development Assistant Director, Technology Transfer, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

@email

 

 

Frank W. Grasso
Frank W. Grasso

Dissertation Title: "PAN: A Model of Knowledge Representation in the Visual Cortex"

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Director of Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab, Brooklyn

@email

Hui-Yun Yi
Hui-Yun Yi

Dissertation Title: "Neural Mechanisms and Pathways Involved in Fuel Restriction-Induced Changes in Estrous Behavior in Syrian Hamsters"

Position: Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon

 

1993

Hussien A. Al-Shamma
Hussien A. Al-Shamma

Dissertation Title: "The Development of Morphology of the Sexually Dimorphic Vasopressin System of the Rat Brain"

Position: Senior Director of Pharmacology, Arena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, California

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Sandra J. Berriman

Dissertation Title: "Expression of fos-like Proteins in Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GNRH) Neurons in Syrian Hamsters: Effects of Estrous Cycles and Metabolic Fuels"

Position: Senior Regional Medical & Research Specialist, Urology/Sexual Medicine, Pfizer US Medical, Highland Park, Illinois

@email

 

 

Rick A. Bevins
Rick A. Bevins

Dissertation Title: "A Simple Model System for Studying Pavlovian Conditioning: One-trial Context Fear Conditioning"

Position: Willa Cather Professor & Chair of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Kathleen A. Parks
Kathleen A. Parks

Advisor: Melinda Novak

Dissertation Title: "Longitudinal Study of the Social Aspects of Aging in Captive Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)"

Position: Senior Research Scientist, SUNY Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, New York

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Kirsten Ricciardi

Dissertation Title: "Progestin Receptor and Substance P Containing Neurons in the Ventrolateral Hypothalamus and their Efferents in Guinea Pigs"

Position: Formerly Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physiology and Biophysics Dept, University of Washington, Seattle

Thomas N. Ricciardi
Thomas N. Ricciardi

Dissertation Title: "Neural Elements and Motor Patterns Underlying Egg Progression in the Cricket, Acheta Domesticus"

Position: Consultant & Director of Informatics, Blackbird Solutions, Inc. Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University

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Marc J. Tetel
Marc J. Tetel

Dissertation Title: "Intraneuronal Convergence of Environmental and Hormonal Stimuli Associated with Female Reproduction in Rats"

Position: Associate Professor, Neuroscience Program, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

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1992

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Anita J. Bhatia

Dissertation Title: "Effects of Pregnancy and Ovarian Steroids on Energy Balance in Syrian Hamsters"

Position: Health Insurance Specialist, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement Group, Division of Quality Improvement Policy for Acute Care, Baltimore, Maryland

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Kevin C. Clements

Dissertation Title: "Patch Departure Decisions of Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) Foraging in a Multiple Patch, Closed Economy System"

Position: 1995-present Computer Consultant, Pen-Link, Ltd., Lincoln, Nebraska

Yvon Delville
Yvon Delville

Dissertation Title: "Localization of Sites for Estradiol Priming of Progesterone-Facilitated Sexual Receptivity in Female Guinea Pigs"

Position: Professor, Psychology Department, University of Texas Austin

@email

1991

Walter J. Atwood
Walter J. Atwood

Dissertation Title: "Major Histocompatibility Complex Encoded HLA Class I Proteins Are Cell Surface Receptors for the Simian Virus 40"

Position: Professor of Medical Science Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

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Diane Hayden-Hixon

Dissertation Title: "Glucocorticoids and Agonistic Responding in Male Hamsters: A Behavioral Neuroanatomical and Neurochemical Analysis"

Position: Team Leader, Research, Osteoporosis Progressive Resistance Training (PRT) Exercise Program

@email

1991