Rebecca Fanelli  

PhD 2014

Previous lab: Robinson
Current Position:


Josh Jennings 

PhD 2014

Previous lab: Stuber
Current Position:


Alice Stamatakis 

PhD 2014

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:


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


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, University of Washington


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, Harvard Medical School, Psychiatry Department


Megan Morgan-Smith

PhD 2014

Title: “GSK-3 Regulation of Neuronal Migration and Morphogenesis in the Developing Cortex”
Previous lab: Snider
Current Position: 


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: Medical student, UNC- Chapel Hill

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, UNC- Chapel Hill


 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, Vanderbilt University

Link to Electronic Thesis


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, UNC- Chapel Hill


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


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

Link to Electronic Thesis


Luke Campagnola

PhD 2013

Previous Lab: Manis
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Manis Lab, UNC- Chapel Hill


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

Link to Electronic Thesis


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:

Link to Electronic Thesis


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, The University of Texas at Austin, Morikawa lab

Link to Electronic Thesis


Tom Jarrett

PhD 2013

Previous Lab: Crews
Current Position: UNC Med Student; 
Relief Paramedic at Durham County Emergency Medical Services

Link to Electronic Thesis


Beth Knight

PhD 2013

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


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: Team Lead at Research Square

Link to Electronic Thesis


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


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: Agulhon Lab at the University of Paris


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: Gilden Lab, Univ of Colorado

Link to Electronic Thesis



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

Link to Electronic Thesis


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 Fell at the University of Massachusetts Worcester, Freeman lab

Link to Electronic Thesis


Elizabeth Cox

PhD 2012

Title: "Prenatal Cocaine: Effects on Neonatal Vocalizations, Cue-Induced Maternal Response, and Brain Development "
Previous Lab: Johns
Current Position: University of Utah Postdoctoral Scientist, Korenberg Lab

Link to Electronic Thesis


Alex Raines

PhD 2012

Title: "Functions of Myosin-X in Neuronal Development"
Previous Lab: Cheney
Current Position: UNC Med Student

Link to Electronic Thesis


Sarah Whitely

PhD 2012

Title: "Investigating the Glial Contribution on Persistent Pain"
Previous Lab: McCarthy
Current Position: Postdoctoral Student at Duke

Link to Electronic Thesis


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

Link to Electronic Thesis


Kimberly Carpenter

PhD 2011

Title: "Functional Neuroimaging of Social and Executive Neural Circuitry in High-Functioning Autism"
Previous Lab: Belger
Current Position: Duke Postdoctoral Scientist

Link to Electronic Thesis


Amanda Jacob

PhD 2011

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


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: Columbia University Postdoctoral Scientist

Link to Electronic Thesis


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

Link to Electronic Thesis


NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated May 1, 2014)
Sean Barron 05/09/2010 Patent Examiner at USPTO
Leon Coleman 08/09/2010 UNC Med Student
Maile Henson 05/09/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, NIEHS
Jeremy Petravicz 12/19/2010 Graduate Student at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Jacqueline Powell 08/09/2010

Postdoctoral Fellow , Jensen lab, NIEHS, NC

Nate Sowa 05/09/2010 UNC Med Student
Marina Spanos 05/09/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Chemistry Dept. NC State, Raleigh, NC
Stephanie Stagg 05/09/2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Rebecca Wang lab, Duke University
Natalia Surzenko 08/09/2010 Research Scientist at UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute


NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated May 1, 2014)
Manna Beyene 12/20/2009 Technology Transfer Specialist, NIH
Rebekah Corlew 08/10/2009 Research Coordinator, Max Planck Florida Institute
Scott Hutton 12/20/2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Snider lab, UNCCH

Jennifer Thomson 08/10/2009

Assistant Professor of Biopsychology at Messiah College

Tiffany Wills 05/10/2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Winder lab, Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN


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


NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated May 1, 2014)
Jingjun Li 12/18/2007 Senior Scientist at GlaxoSmithKline R&D
Samuel Wolff 08/08/2007 Research Specialist/Lab Manager at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated May 1, 2014)
German Garcia-Fresco 05/14/2006 Owner at Xtreme Kombat Paintball
Sophia Papadeas 05/14/2006 President / CEO at Elaion, LLC
Krystle Strand 05/14/2006 Assistant Professor of Biology, Concordia College
Olena Taranova 05/14/2006 Postdoctoral Research Associate, UNC 
Kevin Wright 05/14/2006

Postdoctoral Fellow , Ginty lab, Dept. of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins


NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated May 1, 2014)
Heather Baudet 05/15/2005 Consultant in Diagnostic Medicine and Genetics, UNC
Rebekah Fleming 05/15/2005 Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University
Samantha Gizerian 08/15/2005 Clinical Assistant Professor at Washington State University
Julie Mclear 05/15/2005 Professor at Hudson Valley Community College
Sheila Plant 05/15/2005 Regulatory Scientist at CATO Research
Garret Stuber 05/15/2005

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, UNC-CH


NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated May 1, 2014)
Curtis Balmer 12/30/2004 Principal Science Writer at Bluegroove Communications
Gloria Haskell 12/30/2004 Stay-at-home mom, Mebane, NC
Michael Howell 05/09/2004 Research Scientist, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Ellen Mchugh 08/16/2004 Stay-at-home mom
Karen Neitzel 08/16/2004 Completing Psychology PhD degree at Baylor University, Waco, TX


NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation (Updated May 1, 2014)
Elaine Gay 05/18/2003 Research Pharmacologist, RTI International, RTP NC
Amy Jassen 12/31/2003 Analyst in Decision Research, Waltham, MA
Stephen Snowdy 05/18/2003 Owner at Ansley Venture Consulting
Michelle Wing 05/18/2003 Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow at Nationwide Children's Hospital