Alumni

2011-2015

Fanelli

Rebecca Fanelli  

PhD 2014

Title:  
Previous lab: Robinson
Current Position:

Jennings

Josh Jennings 

PhD 2014

Title: "Neural Circuit Dynamics and Function of Complex Behavioral States"  
Previous lab: Stuber
Current Position:

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Alice Stamatakis 

PhD 2014

Title: "Delineating Midbrain Circuits Underlying Motivated Behaviors"    
Previous lab: Stuber 
Current Position:

Amelia Bachleda 

PhD 2014

Title:  "SOX2 is Essential for the Maturation and Maintenance of Retinal Müller Glia"
Previous lab: Pevny, Weiss, Anton 
Current Position:

Cusack 

Corey Cusack

PhD 2014

Title: "The Molecular Intersection Between Axon-specific Pruning and Neuronal Apoptosis"
Previous lab: Deshmukh
Current Position: Neuropsychology Instructor for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) at Rice University in Houston, Texas

Dankoski

Elyse Dankoski 

 PhD 2014

Title: "Dynamic Modulation of In Vivo Serotonin Signaling: Neurochemical Responses to Acute and Chronic SSRI Treatment" 
Previous lab: Wightman
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Chakin lab at University of Washington in Seattle, WA

Lyall 

Amanda Lyall

 PhD 2014

Title: "Trajectories of Early Cortical Development in Healthy and At-Risk Children
Previous lab: Gilmore
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Kubicki lab, Psychiatry Department at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA

MorganSmith

Megan Morgan-Smith

PhD 2014

Title: “GSK-3 Regulation of Neuronal Migration and Morphogenesis in the Developing Cortex”
Previous lab: Snider
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Snider Lab at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC

Robinson 

J. Elliott Robinson

 PhD 2014

Title: "A Better Buzz? Bidirectional Effects of the OPRM1 A118G Polymorphism on Opioid and Alcohol Reward"
Previous lab: Malanga
Current Position: UNC Medical Student in Chapel Hill, NC

Sarah Sinnett 

PhD 2014

Title: "Identification of Novel Molecules that Bind and Regulate AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK)" 
Previous lab: Brenman
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Steven Gray Lab, Gene Therapy at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC

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 Chris Smith

PhD 2014

Title: "Neurocognitive Investigation of Immediate Reward Selection Bias, a Putative Intermediate Phenotype for Alcohol Use Disorders"
Previous lab: Boettiger
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Zald Lab at Vanderbuilt University in Nashville, TN

Link to Electronic Thesis

Verde 

Audrey Verde

 PhD 2014

Title: “Structural Abnormalities within the Episodic Prospection and Decision Making Circuitry in Cigarette Smokers: a DTI and sMRI Analysis” 
Previous lab: Boettiger and Styner
Current Position: Medical Student at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC

 Wallace

Michael Wallace

 PhD 2014

Title: "Circuit and Neuron Type-specific Roles for Ube3a in the Visual Cortex"
Previous lab: Philpot
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Sabatini lab at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA

Balter

Rebecca Balter

PhD 2013

Title: Access to Running Wheels Attenuates Spontaneous Morphine Withdrawal in Mice, as Measured by Thermal Sensitivity
Previous lab: Dykstra
Current Position: Postdoctoral Student at Columbia University in the Division on Substance Abuse of the Department of Psychiatry in New York, NY

Link to Electronic Thesis

Campagnola

Luke Campagnola

PhD 2013

Title: "Real-Time Dynamic Clamp Analysis of Synaptic Integration in VCN Bushy Cells"
Previous Lab: Manis
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher in Manis Lab at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC

Cannady

Reggie Cannady

PhD 2013

Title: "Alcohol Self-administration and Relapse-like Behavior: A Functional Role for Enhanced Activity at AMPA Receptors"
Previous Lab: Hodge
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Medical University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC

Link to Electronic Thesis

Cleary

Katie Cleary

PhD 2013

Title: Neurobiology of Sensory Deviance:  Using EEG to Measure Visual and Auditory Mismatch Negativity in Children with Autism
Previous Lab: Belger
Current Position: Swimming Coach at PhD Swim School in Durham, NC

Link to Electronic Thesis

Cook

Jason Cook

PhD 2013

Title: "Ethanol Alters the GABAergic Neuroactive Steroid Allopregnanolone at Local Brain Sites: Significance of Local Allopregnanolone Increases in the Ventral Tegmental Area"
Previous Lab: Morrow
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Morikawa Lab at University of Texas in Austin, TX

Link to Electronic Thesis

Jarrett

Tom Jarrett

PhD 2013

Title: "Neurobiology of Sensory Deviance: Using EEG to Measure Visual and Auditory Mismatch Negativity in Children with Autism"                                                                                                 Previous Lab: Johns
Current Position: UNC Medical Student;
Relief Paramedic at Durham County Emergency Medical Services in Durham, NC

Link to Electronic Thesis

Knight

Beth Knight

PhD 2013

Title: “Immune Molecules Regulate Medulloblastoma and Neuronal Apoptosis”
Previous Lab: Deshmukh
Current Position:  Neurobiology Scientist at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC 

Langer

Lee Langer

PhD 2013

Title: "The Role of Sox2 in the Development of the Optic Cup, Hypothalamus, and the Secondary Palate"
Previous Lab: Pevny
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Chromatin and Gene Expression Group at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Link to Electronic Thesis

LiChia

Chia Li

PhD 2013

Title: Modulation of Periaqueductal Gray Dopamine Neurons and Their Potential Roles in Addiction-Related Behaviors
Previous Lab: Kash
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institutes of Health

Link to Electronic Thesis

Riday

Thorfinn Riday

PhD 2013

Title: "Cortical Experience-Dependent Plasticity and Mesostriatal Dopaminergic Dysfunction in a Mouse Model of Angelman Syndrome"
Previous Lab: Philpot
Current Position: Postdoctoral ENP in Agulhon Lab at the University of Paris in Paris, France

Blauth

Kevin Blauth

PhD 2012

Title: "CX3CL1 Upregulates ICAM-1 on CD4+ T Lymphocytes: Implications for the Immunopathogenesis of Multiple Sclerosis" 
Previous Lab: Markovic-Plese
Current Lab: Postdoctoral Fellow in Gilden Lab at University of Colorado in Boulder, CO

Link to Electronic Thesis

Buttermore

Elizabeth
Buttermore

PhD 2012

Title: "Organization and Maintenance of Molecular Domains in Myelinated Axons."
Previous Lab: Bhat
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA

Link to Electronic Thesis

Countinho

Jaeda Coutinho-Budd

PhD 2012

Title: "Membrane Deformation and Lipid Signaling: Functions of srGAP Family Proteins and PI (4, 5)P2."
Previous Lab: Zylka
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow in Freeman Lab at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester, MA

Link to Electronic Thesis

Cox

Elizabeth Cox Lippard

PhD 2012

Title: "Prenatal Cocaine: Effects on Neonatal Vocalizations, Cue-Induced Maternal Response, and Brain Development "
Previous Lab: Johns
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University in New Haven, CT

Link to Electronic Thesis

Raines

Alex Raines

PhD 2012

Title: "Functions of Myosin-X in Neuronal Development"
Previous Lab: Cheney
Current Position: UNC Medical Student in Chapel Hill, NC

Link to Electronic Thesis

Taves

Sarah Taves Whitely

PhD 2012

Title: "Investigating the Glial Contribution on Persistent Pain"
Previous Lab: McCarthy
Current Position: Postdoctoral Neurobiology Student at Duke University in Durham, NC

Link to Electronic Thesis

Whitman

Buddy Whitman

PhD 2012

Title: "Neuroimmune Consequences of Chronic Alcohol Exposure and its Relationship to Stress"
Previous Lab: Breese
Current Position: Science Liaison at WHEATON Industries in Millville, NJ

Link to Electronic Thesis

Carpenter

Kimberly Carpenter

PhD 2011

Title: "Functional Neuroimaging of Social and Executive Neural Circuitry in High-Functioning Autism"
Previous Lab: Belger
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC

Link to Electronic Thesis

Jacob

Amanda Jacob

PhD 2011

Title: "The Organization of Proteins Involved in Synaptic Plasticity."
Previous Lab: Weinberg
Current Position: Research Specialist in Fitzpatrick Lab at Max Planck Florida Institute in Jupiter, FL

Petravicz

Michael Salling

PhD 2011

Title: "Alcohol Drinking and the Amygdala Proteome: A Mechanistic Role for CaMKII in the Reinforcing Properties of Alcohol."
Previous Lab: Hodge
Current Position: Postdoctoral Scientist at Columbia University, New York, NY

Link to Electronic Thesis

Williams

Sarah Williams

PhD 2011

Title: "Effects of Alcohol/Nicotine on Maternal Aggression and Preference Behavior in Rats"
Previous Lab: Johns
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Mental Health, Washington, D.C

Link to Electronic Thesis

2010

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
Sean Barron 05/09/2010 Patent Examiner at United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA
Leon Coleman 08/09/2010 UNC Medical Student in Chapel Hill, NC
Maile Henson 05/09/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC
Jeremy Petravicz 12/19/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow at Mriganka Lab in Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA 
Jacqueline Powell 08/09/2010

Postdoctoral Fellow in Jensen lab at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

Nate Sowa 05/09/2010 UNC Medical Student in Chapel Hill, NC
Marina Spanos 05/09/2010 Postdoctoral Coordinator for SOARS-B Trial at Aspire in Durham, NC
Stephanie Stagg 05/09/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow and Research Associate at Duke University in Durham, NC
Natalia Surzenko 08/09/2010 Research Scientist at UNC Nutrition Research Institute in Chapel Hill, NC

2009

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
Manna Beyene 12/20/2009 Technology Transfer Specialist at National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MA
Rebekah Corlew 08/10/2009 Research Coordinator for Neuroscience at Max Planck Florida Institute in Jupiter, FL
Scott Hutton 12/20/2009

Postdoctoral Fellow in Snider lab at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC

Jennifer Thomson 08/10/2009

Assistant Professor of Biopsychology at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA

Tiffany Wills 05/10/2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Winder lab at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN

2008

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
Lauren Anderson 12/16/2008 Postdoctoral Fellow in Daniel Laskowitz lab, Division of Neurology at Duke Medical Center in Durham, NC
Dante Bortone 05/11/2008 Research Specialist at Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Durham, NC
Stacey Foti Herzer
05/11/2008 Postdoctoral Fellow in Roskams lab at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada
Ashton Powell 05/11/2008 Biology Instructor at North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics in Durham, NC
Amelia Stanco 05/11/2008 Postdoctoral Researcher in Neurobiology at University of California in San Francisco, CA
Jennifer Stevenson 05/11/2008 Assistant Professor in Psychology, Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA
Rebekah Stevenson 05/11/2008 Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA
Lorelei Taylor 12/16/2008 Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNC Neuroscience Center in Chapel Hill, NC

2007

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
Jingjun Li 12/18/2007 Senior Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline R&D in Shanghai City, China
Samuel Wolff 08/08/2007 Research Specialist/Lab Manager at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC

2006

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
German Garcia-Fresco 05/14/2006 Owner at Xtreme Kombat Paintbal in Morrisville, NC
Sophia Papadeas 05/14/2006 President / CEO at Elaion, LLC in Chapel Hill, NC
Krystle Strand 05/14/2006 Assistant Professor of Biology at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN
Olena Taranova 05/14/2006 Postdoctoral Research Associate at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC
Kevin Wright 05/14/2006

Postdoctoral Fellow , Ginty lab, Dept. of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD

2005

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
Heather Baudet 05/15/2005 Consultant and Writer in Diagnostic Medicine and Genetics at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC
Rebekah Fleming 05/15/2005 Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University in Duke, NC
Samantha Gizerian 08/15/2005 Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University in Pullman WA
Julie Mclear 05/15/2005 Biology Professor at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY
Sheila Plant 05/15/2005 Regulatory Scientist at CATO Research in Raleigh-Durham, NC
Garret Stuber 05/15/2005

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Cell Biology & Physiology at UNC in Chapel Hill, NC

2004

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
Curtis Balmer 12/30/2004 Principal Science Writer at Bluegroove Communications in Potomac Falls, VA
Gloria Haskell 12/30/2004 Stay-at-home mom in Mebane, NC
Michael Howell 05/09/2004 Postdoctoral Researcher at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA
Ellen Mchugh 08/16/2004 Stay-at-home mom
Karen Neitzel Luley
08/16/2004 Completing Psychology PhD Degree, Class of 2015 at Baylor University in Waco, TX

2003

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated Oct 1, 2014)
Elaine Gay 05/18/2003 Research Pharmacologist at RTI International in Durham, NC
Amy Jassen Turncliff 12/31/2003 Independent Consultant at CNS Therapeutic Areas in Waltham, MA
Stephen Snowdy 05/18/2003 Owner at Ansley Venture Consulting in Atlanta, GA
Michele Wing 05/18/2003 Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH