Dr. Lisa Briand
Principal 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
Graduate Student

Megan is a second year graduate student in the lab working on projects examining cognitive flexibility, glutamate trafficking and sex differences.  Megan graduated from Albion College in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology.


Anna McGrath
Graduate Student


Jessica Tumolo
Laboratory Manager


Kelsey Lucerne

Kelsey is entering her senior year here at Temple and will be graduating in the Spring of 2018 with a degree in Neuroscience.


Hannah Anderson



Esmeralda Soriano



Nicholas Olimpo

Past Lab Members


Jeff 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.


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.

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 at Temple University in the Laboratory of Dr. Mathieu Wimmer.

Rob 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. Rob is now working at the National Institutes of Health.