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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Elizabeth Avegno, PhD


Elizabeth Avegno, PhD
Post-Doctoral Fellow





I received my BS in Biochemistry from Tulane University and my PhD in Pharmacology and Molecular Signaling from Columbia University. While in graduate school, my research focused on heterogeneity of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area and their response to acute and chronic ethanol. To investigate these, I utilized an adolescent binge-like drinking protocol in mice, as well as retrograde tracing and in vitro electrophysiology.

My long-term research interests include understanding the precise neural circuitry involved in alcohol response, both in individuals who develop alcohol use disorders and those who do not. My current project at LSUHSC focuses on the intersection between brain stress and reward systems, and the influence of this circuitry on escalated alcohol-self administration in alcohol dependent rats. In order to study this, I will utilize retrograde tracing, electrophysiology, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and behavioral assays.

Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time with my family, watching the Saints, painting, knitting, and restoring arcade machines.


Lab Instructor - Nicholas GilpinNicholas Gilpin, PhD

I completed my undergraduate training in Psychology at University of Texas at Austin, and my Ph.D. in Psychobiology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. I went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in the labs of Drs. George Koob and...
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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Elizabeth Avegno, PhD Elizabeth Avegno, Ph.D.

I received my B.S. in Biology from Southeastern Louisiana University and my Ph.D. in Physiology from Louisiana State University Health Science Center. My long-term research interest is...
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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Marcus Weera, PhD Marcus Weera, Ph.D.

Marcus received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Purdue University. Marcus's overarching research interest is in...
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Graduate Student - Allyson SchreiberAllyson Schreiber

I received my B.S. in Biological Sciences from Louisiana State University, and am currently working towards my M.D./Ph.D. at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center...
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Graduate Student - Zachary Stielper Zachary Stielper

I received my B.S. from Centenary College of Louisiana in Biology and Neuroscience, and I am currently pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. at Louisiana Health Sciences Center...
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Research Associate - Tom Lobell, M.S. Tom Lobell, M.S.

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience in 2013 and my M.S. in Neuroscience in 2014 from Tulane University. While at Tulane, I worked in the Dohanich lab, studying the role of...
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Research Associate - Brandon Baiamonte Brandon Baiamonte, PhD

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2013.

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Emily Roltsch, PhD Emily Roltsch, PhD

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2014.

Britta Baynes Britta Baynes

Former student that received her Master's degree in 2015.

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Annie Whitaker, PhD Annie Whitaker, PhD

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2016.

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Christy Itoga, PhD Christy Itoga, PhD

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2016.

Research Associate - Renata ImpastatoRenata Impastato

Former technician that left the lab in 2015.