Katharine Liang  

Title: "Intravitreal AAV-mediated Expression of Nrf2 Promotes Retinal Recovery after Light-induced Retinal Damage in Mice"

Previous lab: Samulski
Current Position: UNC-CH Medical Student


Joe Shaffer 

Title:  "Functional MRI Correlates of Schizophrenia Negative Symptoms During Auditory Oddball Task and Resting State"

Previous lab: Belger 
Current Position: 

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Kimberly Williams

Title: "Neurotrophin-Chemokine Receptor Interactions on Macrophages Regulate HIV Neuropathogenesis"

Previous lab: Meeker 
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Meeker Lab, UNC-CH




Dan Bonder

Title: "Astrocytic Gq-GPCR-linked IP3R-dependent Ca2+ signaling does not mediate neurovascular coupling in mouse visual cortex in vivo"

Previous lab: McCarthy
Current Position: Adjunct Instructor, Kean University, New Jersey

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Rebecca Fanelli 

Title: "Activation of Dorsal Striatum by Alcohol and Habit: Reversal with Dopamine Pharmacology"

Previous lab: Robinson
Current Position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, NIAAA 

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Josh Jennings

Title: "Neural Circuit Dynamics and Function of Complex Behavioral States"   

Previous lab: Stuber
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Deisseroth Lab, Stanford University

Link to Electronic Thesis



Alice Stamatakis

Title: "Delineating Midbrain Circuits Underlying Motivated Behaviors"     

Previous lab: Stuber 
Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, Inscopix

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Amelia Bachleda

Title: "SOX2 is Essential for the Maturation and Maintenance of Retinal Müller Glia" 

Previous lab: Pevny, Weiss, Anton 
Current Position: Member of the Outreach and Education Team, University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Science

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Corey Cusack

Title: "The Molecular Intersection Between Axon-specific Pruning and Neuronal Apoptosis" 

Previous lab: Deshmukh
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Dobrowolski Lab, Rutgers University



Elyse Dankoski

Title: "Dynamic Modulation of In Vivo Serotonin Signaling: Neurochemical Responses to Acute and Chronic SSRI Treatment"  

Previous lab: Wightman
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Chavkin lab, University of Washington in Seattle


Amanda Lyall

Title: "Trajectories of Early Cortical Development in Healthy and At-Risk Children"  

Previous lab: Gilmore
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Kubicki lab, Psychiatry Department, Harvard Medical School

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Megan Morgan-Smith

Title: “GSK-3 Regulation of Neuronal Migration and Morphogenesis in the Developing Cortex”

Previous lab: Snider
Current Position: Project Specialist II, INC Research


J. Elliott Robinson

Title: "A Better Buzz? Bidirectional Effects of the OPRM1 A118G Polymorphism on Opioid and Alcohol Reward" 

Previous lab: Malanga
Current Position: UNC-CH Medical Student 

Sarah Sinnett 

Title: "Identification of Novel Molecules that Bind and Regulate AMP-activated Protein Kinase (AMPK)"  

Previous lab: Brenman
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Gray Lab, Gene Therapy, UNC-CH



Chris Smith

Title: "Neurocognitive Investigation of Immediate Reward Selection Bias, a Putative Intermediate Phenotype for Alcohol Use Disorders" 

Previous lab: Boettiger
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Zald Lab, Vanderbilt University 

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Audrey Verde

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: UNC-CH Medical Student


Michael Wallace

Title: "Circuit and Neuron Type-specific Roles for Ube3a in the Visual Cortex" 

Previous lab: Philpot
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Sabatini lab, Harvard Medical School



Rebecca Balter

Title: Access to Running Wheels Attenuates Spontaneous Morphine Withdrawal in Mice, as Measured by Thermal Sensitivity

Previous lab: Dykstra
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Division on Substance Abuse, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University

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Luke Campagnola

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-CH


Reggie Cannady

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, Columbia, SC

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Katie Cleary

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

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Jason Cook

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, Austin, TX

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Thomas Jarrett

Title: "Role of Rodent Vocalizations in Cocaine Induced Maternal Neglect"                              

Previous Lab: Johns
Current Position:

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Beth Knight

Title: “Immune Molecules Regulate Medulloblastoma and Neuronal Apoptosis”

Previous Lab: Deshmukh
Current Position:  Freelance, Butkina Faso Girls' Scholarship 


Lee Langer

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

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Chia Li

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

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Thorfinn Riday

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



Kevin Blauth

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

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Elizabeth Buttermore

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

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Jaeda Coutinho-Budd

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, Worcester, MA

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Elizabeth Cox Lippard

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

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Alex Raines

Title: "Functions of Myosin-X in Neuronal Development" 

Previous Lab: Cheney
Current Position: UNC Medical Student in Chapel Hill, NC

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Sarah Taves Whitely

Title: "Investigating the Glial Contribution on Persistent Pain"

Previous Lab: McCarthy
Current Position: Postdoctoral Neurobiology Student at Duke University in Durham, NC

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Buddy Whitman

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

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Kimberly Carpenter

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

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Amanda Jacob

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


Michael Salling

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

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Sarah Williams

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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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