Biomolecular Pharmacology Graduate Student
Lisa is a fifth year Biomedical Neuroscience doctoral candidate at Boston University in the Department of Pharmacology. She completed her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience, with a minor in Mathematics at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. During her undergraduate career, Lisa worked closely with Dr. Holloway in the Psychology department studying the effects of play deprivation on oxytocin and neurogenesis in rats. Additionally, she completed a summer internship at Harvard’s New England Primate Research Center in Southborough, MA, where she worked with Dr. Gregory Miller investigating the role of trace -amine associated receptor 1 in a mouse model of methamphetamine abuse. During this time, Lisa also worked with Dr. Donna Platt training squirrel monkeys, Saimiri sciureus, in alcohol discrimination to study alcohol addiction. Lisa is currently completing her thesis work with Dr. Camron Bryant in the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics. Lisa’s work focuses on understanding the genetic underpinnings of behavioral traits associated with substance abuse by combining gene mapping with behavioral assays such as conditioned place preference. Currently, she is focusing on differentiating the opposing regulatory roles of the delta and epsilon isoforms of casein kinase 1 in sensitivity to drugs of abuse.