Alumni

2011-2014

Cusack 

Corey Cusack

PhD 2014

Title: "The Molecular Intersection Between Axon-specific Pruning and Neuronal Apoptosis"
Previous lab: Deshmukh
Current Position: 

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: 

Lyall 

Amanda Lyall

 PhD 2014

Title: "Trajectories of Early Cortical Development in Healthy and At-Risk Children
Previous lab: Gilmore
Current Position: 

MorganSmith

Megan Morgan-Smith

PhD 2014

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

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: 

Sarah Sinnett 

PhD 2014

Title: "Identification of Novel Molecules that Bind and Regulate AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK)" 
Previous lab: Brenman
Current Position: 

 

Smith

 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: 

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
Current Position: 

 Wallace

Micahel Wallace

 PhD 2014

Title: "Circuit and Neuron Type-specific Roles for Ube3a in the Visual Cortex."
Previous lab: Philpot
Current Position: 

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

Link to Electronic Thesis

Campagnola

Luke Campagnola

PhD 2013

Title: 
Previous Lab: Manis
Current Position: Postdoctoral researcher at Manis Lab, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

 

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: Research Assistant at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

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:

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, The University of Texas at Austin, Morikawa lab


Jarrett

Tom Jarrett

PhD 2013

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

 

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 at Chapel Hill

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: American Journal Experts (AJE), a scientific editing firm in Durham

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

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: Agulhon Lab at the University of Paris

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: Gilden Lab, Univ of Colorado

Link to Electronic Thesis

Buttermore

Elizabeth
Buttermore

PhD 2012

Title: "Organization and Maintenance of Molecular Domains in Myelinated Axons."
Previous Lab: Bhat
Current Position: Boston Children's Hospital, Post-Doctoral Fellow

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: University of Massachusetts Worcester, Freeman lab

Link to Electronic Thesis

Cox

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

Raines

Alex Raines

PhD 2012

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

Link to Electronic Thesis

Taves

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

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

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: Duke Postdoctoral Scientist

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 at Max Planck Florida Institute, Fitzpatrick Lab

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: Columbia University Postdoctoral Scientist

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

Link to Electronic Thesis


2010

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
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 Postdoctoral Fellow, Sur lab, MIT, Cambridge, MA
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 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cepko Lab, Harvard University,

2009

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
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

Postdoctoral Fellow, Lysle lab, UNC-CH

Tiffany Wills 05/10/2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Winder lab, Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN

2008

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
Lauren Anderson 12/16/2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Daniel Laskowitz lab, Duke Medical Center, Division of Neurology
Dante Bortone 05/11/2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, Scanziani lab, UCSD, La Jolla, CA
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 Fellow, Rubenstein lab, Psychiatry Dept,  UCSF
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 Fellow, Matsushima lab, UNCCH

2007

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
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

2006

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
German Garcia-Fresco 05/14/2006 Private Sector, Consultant
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 Fellow, Zhang Lab, UNC-Lineberger Center
Kevin Wright 05/14/2006

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

2005

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
Heather Baudet 05/15/2005 Peadiatric Genetics, MD, UNC Hospitals
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

2004

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
Curtis Balmer 12/30/2004 Free-Lance Science Writer, George Mason University, Arlington, VA
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

2003

NameGraduation DateCurrent Affiliation
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 Partner, MB Venture Partners
Michelle Wing 05/18/2003 Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellow at Nationwide Children's Hospital