Current Lab Members
Dr. Lisa Briand
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.
Dr. Andre Deutschmann
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lizzie is a senior at Temple University and will be graduating in May 2020 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in cognitive neuroscience.
Laura is a rising senior here at Temple majoring in French and minoring in Neuroscience.
Troy is a rising senior here at Temple majoring in Neuroscience.
Sydnie is a rising junior here at Temple majoring in Neuroscience.
Former Lab Members
Jeff worked in the BNL as our Lab Manager from its inception until the Spring of 2017. He is now working at Rowan University.
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.
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.
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.
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.