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Graduate Student - Ben Knapp

 

Maria Elena Secci, MSc., PhD
Lab Manager
msecci@lsuhsc.edu

 

 

 

 

 

I have received my MSc in Neuropsychobiology from the University of Cagliari (Italy) and the PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Siena (Italy) where I focused on the neurochemical and behavioral effects of antidepressants in animal models of bipolar disorders. In 2012 I flew to the United States where I worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute on Drug Abuse to investigate the role of kynurenines in cannabis and nicotine addiction.

My ongoing research at LSUHSC includes understanding the neurocircuitry of pain development in adolescent and adult alcohol exposed animals. Techniques such as chemogenetics, retrograde tracing and behavioral assays will be utilized at this scope.

Beside the lab life, I love playing music, taking pictures, cooking and learning new things.

 

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Lab Instructor - Nicholas GilpinNicholas Gilpin, PhD
ngilpi@lsuhsc.edu

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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INSTRUCTORS
Post-Doctoral Fellow - Elizabeth Avegno, PhD Elizabeth Avegno, Ph.D.
eavegn@lsuhsc.edu

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...
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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Marcus Weera, PhD Lucas Albrechet-Souza, MSc., PhD.
ldesou@lsuhsc.edu

I received my B.S. in Biology and my Ph.D. in Psychobiology from University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. . I went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Marcus L. Brandao at...
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LAB MANAGER
Post-Doctoral Fellow - Elizabeth Avegno, PhD Mary Secci, Ph.D.
msecci@lsuhsc.edu

I have received my MSc in Neuropsychobiology from the University of Cagliari (Italy) and the PhD in Molecular Medicine from the University of Siena (Italy) where I focused on the neurochemical and behavioral effects of...
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POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS
Post-Doctoral Fellow - Marcus Weera, PhD Marcus Weera, Ph.D.
mweera@lsuhsc.edu

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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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Udita Datta, PhD Christian Montanari, PhD
cmont6@lsuhsc.edu

I received my BS and MSc in Psychology from Sapienza University of Rome in Italy, where I also obtained my PhD in Pharmacology. Following a brief experience as a...
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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Udita Datta, PhD Alejandra Jacotte, PhD
mjacot@lsuhsc.edu

I received my B.S. in Pshychology from Universidad Central de Venezuela and my Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. Currently, I am working as a...
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GRADUATE STUDENTS
Graduate Student - Allyson SchreiberNathan Sharfman
nsharf@lsuhsc.edu

I received my B.S. from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN in Neuroscience, a M.S. from Tulane also in Neuroscience, and I am currently pursuing an M.D./Ph.D. at...
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Graduate Student - Zachary Stielper Zachary Stielper
zstiel@lsuhsc.edu

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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Graduate Student - Zachary Stielper Taylor Templeton
ttemp2@lsuhsc.edu

I received by B.S. in Biopsychology from University of California, Santa Barbara. Now I am pursuing my Ph.D. at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. I am currently researching...
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RESEARCH ASSOCIATES
Research Associate - Tom Lobell, M.S. Connor Schrat
cschr1@lsuhsc.edu

I received my B.S. in Neuroscience from Rhodes College in 2016. I began my research career in 2017 at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, investigating..
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Research Associate - Tom Lobell, M.S. Sarah Mozingo
sfor11@lsuhsc.edu

I received my bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from Southeastern Louisiana University. During my graduate studies, I studied under..
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PAST LAB MEMBERS
 
Research Associate - Brandon Baiamonte Brandon Baiamonte, PhD

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2013.

Britta Baynes Britta Baynes

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

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

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2016.

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Christy Itoga, PhD Tom Lobell, M.S.

Former research associate that left the lab in 2019.

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

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2019.

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

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2014.

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

Former post-doc that left the lab in 2016.

Research Associate - Renata ImpastatoRenata Impastato

Former technician that left the lab in 2015.

Research Associate - Renata ImpastatoAllyson Schreiber

Former graduate student that left the lab in 2019.