Current Lab Members

 

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Dr. Lisa Briand

Principlal Investigator

Dr. Lisa Briand is the head of the Behavioral Neurophysiology Laboratory and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at Temple University. She began her neuroscience career as an undergraduate at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine working under the direction of Dr. John Kelsey. Dr. Briand continued on to receive her doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan, where she studied the ability of cocaine abuse to lead to deficits in cognitive function with Dr. Terry Robinson. She then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratories of Dr. Julie Blendy and Dr. Chris Pierce studying the circuitry and physiological mechanisms underlying reinstatement of cocaine seeking. Dr. Briand “opened” the Behavioral Neurophysiology Lab in 2014. In addition to running the lab, Dr. Briand enjoys spending time with her husband and two young boys, cooking, photography and traveling.

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Dr. Andre Deutschmann

Postdoctoral Fellow

Andre joined us from the University of Bonn in Germany where he received his Ph.D. in cell biology. Andre is working on exploring the role of glutamate trafficking in reinstatement behavior as well as examining the effects of adolescent isolation stress on accumbal physiology.

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Megan Wickens

PhD Student

Megan is a fourth year graduate student in the lab working on projects examining the role of glutamate trafficking within the prefrontal cortex on cocaine seeking.  Megan graduated from Albion College in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology.

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Anna McGrath

PhD Student

Anna is a third year graduate student studying the relationship between adolescent stress and vulnerability to cocaine addiction, with a focus on how stress alters synaptic plasticity in reward-related regions of the brain. She graduated from Bates College in 2011 with a B.S. in Neuroscience, then worked as a research assistant at the FDA and MIT before joining the lab in 2016. 

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Melissa Knouse

PhD Student

Melissa graduated from Villanova University in 2016 with a degree in Psychology.  Following graduation, she worked as a laboratory technician for Dr. Chris Pierce at the University of Pennsylvania where she studied the neural mechanisms underlying cocaine addiction and relapse.  Melissa entered the BCS program in August 2018 and plans to continue studying the neuroscience of relapse behaviors.

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Julia Kirkland

Laboratory Manager

Julia graduated from Temple University with a B.S. in Neuroscience in the Fall of 2017 with minors in Art History and Health Psychology. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in two labs: the Child Adolescent Anxiety Disorders Clinic under Dr. Phil Kendall, and the Neuroendocrinology & Behavior Lab under Dr. Debra Bangasser. While in Dr. Bangasser's lab, Julia developed a passion for Behavioral Neuroscience, and intends to pursue a Ph.D. in it in the coming years. 

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Ezgi Kasimoglu

Master’s Student

Ezgi is a Master’s Student in the laboratory. She graduated from Temple University in the Spring of 2018 with a B.S. in Neuroscience.

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Hannah Anderson

Undergraduate Student

Hannah is a junior here at Temple and will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in computer science and psychology. Hannah was the recipient of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Award to work in the lab over the summer of 2018.

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Morgan Burke

Undergraduate Student

Morgan is entering her junior year here at Temple and will be graduating in the Spring of 2020 with a degree in Neuroscience.

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Lizzie Birmingham

Undergraduate Student

Lizzie is a junior at Temple University and will be graduating in May 2020 with a degree in Psychology, and a minor in cognitive neuroscience.

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Laura Rivera

Undergraduate Student

Laura is a third year undergraduate here at Temple majoring in French and minoring in Neuroscience.


Former Lab Members

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Jeffrey Lenz

Jeff worked in the BNL as our Lab Manager from its inception until the Spring of 2017. He is now working at Rowan University.

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Anne Fosnocht

Anne graduated from Temple University in 2014 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.A. in Spanish. She began work with Dr. Briand as an undergraduate and continued on as a research technician until the Spring of 2017.  Anne is now pursuing a PhD in Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Alexandra Ellis

Lexi worked as an undergraduate in the BNL for two years prior to graduating from Temple University in 2017 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. Lexi is now working pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Kelsey Lucerne

Kelsey worked as an undergraduate in the BNL for three years prior to graduating from Temple University in 2018 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. Kelsey is now pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai.

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Robert Juza

Rob worked as an undergraduate in the BNL for two years prior to graduating from Temple University in 2016 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. After graduating Rob received a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award to work at the National Institutes of Health.