Amanda Kimball
Lab Manager & Animal and Research Technician
Amanda joined the lab in January of 2011 and works tirelessly to manage all matters related to our research projects, rats, the lab, and our INBRE funding. She is our jill of all trades and guru to all things organizational. We are forever grateful for all her hard work in lab!!
  John Gardner '12
Senior Project Reseacher
Research Assistant
Team Hippocampus

John joined the lab in June 2010. He has recently mastered the art of stereotaxic surgery and his senior project will seek to uncover whether choline supplementation exerts effects on learning and emotion in rats following excitotoxic lesions of the hippocampal formation.
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Kristen Erickson '12
Honors Thesis Researcher
Team Depression (LodChod)

KK joined the lab in June 2011. She is working on an honors project in collaboration with Derek Wise to study the ways in which depressive symptoms in rats induced by chronic variable stress is modulated by prenatal choline availability.
 
Derek Wise '12
Senior Project Researcher Team Depression (LodChod)
Derek joined the lab in September 2010. He is conducting his senior project in collaboration with KK Erickson. Together they are studying depressive symtpoms in male and female rats as a function of prenatal choline availability.
       
Katie Palano '12
Independent Study
Team Depression (ACAM)

Katie joined the lab in June 2011. She is also continuing her summer research on adolescent choline supplementation's effects on hippocampal, prefrontal cortical, and amygdala function. She will be focusing on adult hippocampal neurogenesis.
  Chelsea Nickerson '13
Independent Study
Research Assistant
Team Depression (ACAM)

Chelsea joined the lab in June 2011. She is continuing her summer research on adolescent choline supplementation's effects on hippocampal, prefrontal cortical, and amygdala function in rats. She is currently working to develop methods for staining microglia in the prefrontal cortex.
       
Marina Rosengren '12
Research Assistant
Team Depression & Lab MVP

Marina is our Team Depression-LodChod MVP this semester. She just joined the lab in September and we are very happy to have her.
  Sean Padungtin '13
Research Assistant
Sean is also a new addition to the lab, joining us this September. He has helped out with several projects but is mainly assisting Team Depression-ACAM and Team Hippocampus.
         
Angelica D'Aiello '12
Independent Study
Team Alcohol

Angelica joined the lab in the Fall of 2010. She has worked on a variety of projects during her time in the lab. This January she began work on a senior thesis examining choline neuroprotection following fetal alcohol exposure in male rats.
  Meghan Tedoldi '13
Independent Study
Team Alcohol

Meghan joined the lab as a research assistant in September 2011. This semester she is working on the alcohol project with Angelica. She will be studying the females in that study.
         
Robyn St. Laurent '12
Independent Study
Team Cocaine

Robyn is officially joining the lab this semester. She will be continuing a project that she started last semester in my neural plasticity research course examining cocaine-induced conditioned place preference in BDNF knockout rats.
  Sam Helm '12
Independent Study
Team Cocaine

Sam is also joining the lab to continue working on the project he started with Robyn last semester in my neural plasticity research course examining cocaine-induced conditioned place preference in BDNF knockout rats.
         
Ariel Batallan '15
Research Assistant
Colby Research Scholar

Ariel joined the lab this summer as part of the CAPS 2 program. We are really happy to have him continue his work with us and he has mainly been working on neurogenesis following adult choline supplementation.
  Rhiannon Archer '14
Research Assistant
Colby Research Scholar

Rhiannon joined the lab this semester. She was a CAPS 1 student in a different lab but we are delighted to have her join us this year.
         
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Team 2009

Team 2010
 

   
Summer 2008
Research Assistants

Kelly Brooks (SOMAS Awardee)
Duy Lyford
Jennifer Corriveau

Summer 2009 Research Assistants
Jennifer Corriveau
Logan Hunter
Darshini Mahadevia
Ellie Baker (Smith College)
  Summer 2010
Research Assistants

Tory Gray
Nora McCall
Morganne Kraines
John Gardner
Aaron Whitman (Univ. Maine Machias)
Benji Benjamin (CAPS 1)
James Farley (CAPS 1)
Justin LePlante (Muhlenberg College)
Summer 2011 Research Assistants
John Gardner
Kristen Erickson
Derek Wise
Chelsea Nickerson
Katie Palano
Ariel Batallan (CAPS 2)