Note: We've also had several fantastic visiting research assistants who are not pictured here! Thank you Veronica Price, Marlena Hewgley, Abby Owens, Bahroze Rakeen, Adrienne Visani, Xavier Cox, Samuel Delgado, Kate Woosley, Ciara Archer, Jae Ermer, Karen Vazquez, Darcy Wisecup, Tedla Tyndall, and Austin Young for your contributions!
Rob Ledbetter joined the lab in the spring of 2017. He investigated whether perinatal dietary choline mitigates the effects of prenatal stress on levels of nicotinic acetylcholine receptor levels in the basolateral and central amygdala. Rob is currently a medical student at Wake Forest University.
Ebony Miller was in the lab from 2015-2017 and was a major asset to the project investigating whether choline mitigates the effects of adolescent stress, and contributed to both brain and behavial assays. Ebony recently received Biology and Chemistry degrees from Metropolitan State University in Denver, and is currently pursuing graduate work at Metropolitan State University.
Ashley Ellmaker Ashley was in the lab from 2015-2016 and provided valuable assistance on the project investigating whether adolescent dietary choline supplementation counteracts the effects of adolescent stress on adult behavior. Ashley recently graduated with Biology and Chemistry degrees from Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Danelle Whisenhunt Daniel was in the lab from 2015-2016 and made numerous contributions to our project investigating whether adolescent dietary choline supplementation ameliorates the effects of adolescent stress. Danelle recently received her Biology degree from Metropolitan State University in Denver.
Maria Burke started out as an undergraduate research assistant in 2011 and was the laboratory manager from 2012-2015. She conducted several independent research projects investigating whether prenatal stress impacts levels of alpha7 and alpha4 beta2 nAChRs in the hippocampus and amygdala. Maria has authored a paper published in Developmental Neurobiology and will co-author additional manuscripts currently in preparation. Maria recently received her Masters Degree in Biology from Miami University.
Isabella Ramos was a research assistant as part of the BRAiN Program from 2012-2014. Isabella assisted with several laboratory projects, and also conducted an independed research project investigating the effects of prenatal stress on levels of alpha7 nAChRs in the hypothalamus. Isabella is currently making a difference in the Teach for America Program.
Chakeer Drake-Frazier was a laboratory assistant from 2012-2014. Chakeer's project investigated whether perinatal choline supplementation can mitigate the negative effects of prenatal stress on male social behaviors. Chakeer's work contributed to a publication in Behavioural Brain Research. Chakeer is currently taking a break from research to explore other potential career options, but we are hoping he will return soon!
Kayla Brooks was a research assistant in the lab from 2009-2013. She worked on several projects, and specifically investigated the effects of prenatal and adolescent stress on obesity and adiposity, and presented this work at The Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology (SBN) meeting in 2013. She co-authored a paper publsihed in Behavioural Brain Research, and will also co-author a manuscript currently in preparation. Kayla recently finished her Masters Degree in Research Design and Statistics at the University of Denver.
Mary Gasparrini was a research assistant in the laboratory from 2011-2012. Mary investigated whether perinatal choline mitigates the deleterious effects of prenatal stress on adult anxiety-related behaviors, and co-authored the resulting paper published in Behavioural Brain Research. Mary is currently studying in France.
Alison Kreisler was a research assistant in the laboratory from 2009-2010. Her project investigated the effects of prenatal stress on alpha7 nAChRs in the hippocampus and this work contributed to a publication in Developmental Neurobiology. Alison recently graduated from the Neuroscience Program at the University of Pittsburgh, and is currently a postdoc at the Scripps Research Institute.
Jennifer Pearson started out as an undergraduate research assistant and subsequently was a PRA in the laboratory from 2008-2010. Jennifer was instrumental in developing behavioral paradigms and autoradiography protocols in the laboratory and she authored three papers in our laboratory. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus studying epilepsy and is currently in a postdoctoral position in the Patel laboratory at the University of Colorado Anschutz.