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PEOPLE IN THE LAB

Left to right : Back row - Jasper Heinsbroek, Michael Scofield, Peter Kalivas, Anna Kruyer, Vivian Chioma, Sade Spencer, Douglas Roberts- Wolfe

Front row- Madhura Athreya, Ana Clara Bobadilla, Lauren Beloate, Daniela Neuhofer, Constanza Garcia Keller

Peter Kalivas

Peter Kalivas
kalivasp@musc.edu

Peter received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1980 with Akira Horita, and completed postdoctoral training at the University of North Carolina with Art Prange in 1982.  He moved to Charleston from the West Coast and began his current position as Professor and Chair of Neurosciences in 1998.  Outside the lab, Peter likes to travel to off beat places.

Michael D. Scofield

Michael D. Scofield
scofield@musc.edu

Mike received his bachelor’s degree in biology and biotechnology from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2005 and his Ph.D. in biomedical sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2010. In his graduate work he studied transcription factor assembly at the promoter of the b4 subunit of the neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor. He joined the Kalivas lab in 2011 and is currently investigating the role that gliotransmission plays in mediating the changes in neuroplasticity responsible for relapse. Outside the lab, Michael enjoys music, movies and walking his dog.

Sadé Spencer

Sadé Spencer

spences@musc.edu

Sade received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Alabama and her Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. During her graduate work with Colleen McClung she studied the role of the circadian clock in the regulation of dopamine transmission and mood-related behavior. She joined the lab in 2012 to study the neuroplasticity underlying relapse behavior and is developing a model to dissociate mechanisms of drug-primed versus cued reinstatement in the rat.

Constanza Garcia Keller

Constanza Garcia Keller

garciake@musc.edu

Coti received her B.S. and her PhD from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina in 2014. In her graduate studies Coti investigated acute stress induced long-term changes in nucleus accumbens dopamine and glutamate sensitive drug responses under the guidance of Prof. Cancela Liliana. Coti joined the Kalivas lab in August, 2014 and is currently working on part of a major project to identify the signaling and pathophysiological mechanisms in nucleus accumbens core that link synaptic glutamate spillover and activation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). MMPs induce subsequent transient long-term plasticity (t-LTP) that is necessary for reinstated drug seeking after cocaine. In her spare time, Coti enjoys doing outdoor sports, listening to live music and watching good independent films; her main hobby is photography.

Doug Roberts-Wolfe

Doug Roberts-Wolfe

roberdj@musc.edu

Doug graduated with a BA in neuroscience and physics from Hampshire College (Amherst, MA) in 2008. He worked at the Britton Lab at Brown University (Providence, RI) studying the effects of mindfulness meditation on cognitive bias, and at a private neurofeedback clinic for three years before enrolling in the MD/PhD program at MUSC. Doug joined the Kalivas lab as a graduate student after completing the first two years of medical school. Doug’s current project in the lab is investigating transient plasticity in the infralimbic cortex à nucleus accumbens shell circuit during extinction training from cocaine. Outside of the lab, Doug enjoys running, weight lifting, mindfulness meditation, boogie boarding, playing piano, learning to speak Spanish, and travel.

Jasper Heinsbroek

Jasper Heinsbroek

heinsbro@musc.edu

Jasper received his BSc in Biomedical Sciences (2010) and MSc in Neurosciences (2012) from Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  He joined the lab in 2013 and is using optogenetic and pharmacogenetic circuit dissection strategies to investigating how basal ganglia inputs and subcircuits mediate addiction related behavior.  Jasper likes listening to music, playing guitar and outdoor activities. 

 

Maddy Athreya

Madhura Athreya

athreya@musc.edu

Maddy graduated with a dual B.Sc. Degree in Biotechnology and Zoology from Osmania University, Hyderabad - India in 2009 and continued to pursue her MS at the Medical university of South Carolina. Maddy also earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management from the Institute of Clinical Research India. She joined the Kalivas lab as the lab manager in 2014 after spending a few years in clinical neuroscience working as a study coordinator at the MUSC Stroke Center. Maddy enjoys yoga, macro photography, cooking and trying new foods, hiking, camping and travelling.

 

Ana Clara Bobadilla

bobadilla@musc.edu

Ana Clara received her PhD in Neurosciences from the Pierre & Marie Curie University (Paris, France) in 2014. The main topic of her doctoral work, supervised by Dr. Jean-Pol Tassin, involved the long-term modifications of the serotonergic and noradrenergic transmissions induced by chronic amphetamine treatment. Ana Clara joined the Kalivas lab in November of 2014 to start her first post-doctoral position studying the role of glutamatergic uptake in reinstatement of cocaine self-administration. Outside of the lab, Ana Clara enjoys shooting portraits, dancing tango, listening to good music and discovering new places. 

 

DanielaNeuhofer

Daniela Neuhofer

neuhofer@musc.edu

Daniela graduated in Biology from University of Vienna, Austria. In 2010 she received her Ph.D. in Neurobiology from the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. At the Behavioral Physiology group of Prof. Dr. Bernd Ronacher she investigated the impact of noise on auditory signal processing. For her first Post Doctoral Fellowship, she moved to Marseille, France to work at the INMED in the team of Olivier Manzoni. Using slice electrophysiology, pharmacology and optogenetics, she investigated the dysfunction of synaptic transmission and plasticity in the nucleus accumbens in a mouse model for Fragile X syndrome. She joined the Kalivas lab in 2015 and is using electrophysiological and optogenetic techniques to investigate synaptic plasticity in the ventral pallidum before and after cocaine abuse. Besides science, Daniela enjoys running, watching Dolphins at the battery and music: from Afrobeat to psychedelic Cumbia. 

Anna Kruyer

Anna Kruyer 

kruyer@musc.edu

Anna received her BA in Natural Sciences from Fordham University in 2008 and her PhD in Neurobiology and Genetics from the Rockefeller University in 2015. During her thesis work, Anna explored the role of the glutamate receptor subunit GluK4 in anxiety-related behaviors and excitotoxicity in the lab of Dr. Sidney Strickland. During her time in the Strickland lab, Anna became interested in the pathological changes that occur within the microvasculature as a result of Alzheimer’s disease. For this reason, she began studying the molecular and ultrastructural changes induced by hypertension in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, under the co-mentorship of Dr. Erin Norris. Anna joined the Kalivas lab in 2016 and is using various imaging techniques to examine the glial changes that underlie synaptic glutamate spillover and lead to relapse.

Lauren Beloate

Lauren Beloate

beloate@musc.edu

Lauren, or "Nikki", received her B.A. in psychology at the University of Mississippi in 2010 and Ph.D in neuroscience at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2016. Under the mentorship of Dr. Lique Coolen, she used a multidisciplinary approach to study the neural mechanism of the effects of loss of the natural reward, sexual behavior, on drug-seeking behavior in male rats. Nikki joined the Kalivas lab in 2016 and plans to continue studying the neural mechanism of drug abuse. In her free time, she enjoys working out, brunching, outdoor activities and spending time with her dog, Macy, and cat, Luna.

Vivian Chioma

Vivian Chioma

chioma@musc.edu

Vivian received her Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: Neuroscience from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Baltimore, MD in 2014. During this time, she worked in the lab of Joseph Cheer investigating the role of endocannabinoids and dopamine in motivation and reward-seeking behavior using a shock avoidance behavioral paradigm. She then enrolled in the MD/PhD program at MUSC. Vivian joined the Kalivas lab in 2016 after completing the first two years of medical school. Her current project in the lab focuses on elucidating the neurobiology underlying THC self-administration and relapse in rodents. Outside of lab, Vivian enjoys Tae Bo, cooking, listening to music, and traveling. 

Davide Amato

Davide Amato

amatod@musc.edu

Davide received a M.Sc. in Experimental Psychology in 2003 and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 2008 from Sapienza - University of Rome, Italy. Also, he worked as a scientist in Sigma-tau, a large pharmaceutical company, during the Ph.D. program. Davide completed a postdoctoral training in Psychiatry Neuroscience at King´s College London, UK, in 2010. He moved on to Germany working as Head of the Laboratory at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg until 2017. In the same University he gained the title of Lecturer (Privatdozent). Davide joined the Kalivas Lab in April 2017 as Research Assistant Professor. He will be studying the cortico-striatal thalamo-cortical loop neurocircuitry in the context of cocaine addiction, psychosis and related treatments. Outside the lab, Davide enjoys cycling, swimming (triathlon and other outdoor activities), reading, eating and engaging in social life.

RECENT POST DOCTORAL FELLOWS

Behnam GhasemzadehBehnam Ghasemzadeh
PhD UPenn
1996-03
Associate Professor,
Marquette U
Roberto MelendezRoberto Melendez
2002-06
Assistant Professor,
U Puerto Rico
Dave BakerDave Baker
PhD Ariz St U
1999-02
Associate Professor,
Marquette U
Hao-Wei ShenHao-Wei Shen
2004-2012
Assistant Professor,
Peking U, Beijing
Krista McFarlandKrista McFarland
PhD UCSB
1999-03
ACADIA Pharm Inc
Alejandra PacchioniAlejandra Pacchioni
2004-08
Assistant Professor, U Rosaria
Jiang-Xiang XiJiang-Xiang Xi
2000-05
Scientist, NIDA IRP
Ryan LalumiereRyan Lalumiere
2005-10
Assistant Professor, U Iowa
Karen SzumlinskiKaren Szumlinski
2000-05
Associate Professor, UCSB
Mary TorregrosaMary Torregrosa
2005-07
Assistant Professor, U Pittsburg
Xing-Chun TangXing-Chun Tang
2001-06
Psychiatry Fellow
UT Southwestern
Lori KnackstedtLori Knackstedt
2005-12
Assistant Professor, U Florida
Kate ReissnerKate Reissner
UC Irvine, 2008-2013
Assistant Professor
University of North Carolina
Robyn Brown

Robyn Brown
2012-13
Postdoctoral Fellow
Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Australia

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith
2010-13
Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University

Yonatan Kupchik

Yonatan Kupchik
2010-14
Professor
The Hebrew University of Israel


 
Cassandra Gipson
2011-2015
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
  

 

RECENT Ph.D. AND M.D./ Ph.D. STUDENTS

Scott BowersScott Bowers
Ph.D. 2003
Assistant Professor, VCU
Megan MoranMegan Moran
Ph.D. 2006
Assistant Professor, MUSC
Mary Lee GregoryMary Lee Gregory
Ph.D. 2006
Neurology Fellow
Johns Hopkins
Jamie PetersJamie Peters
Ph.D. 2008
Assistant Professor
Medical University of South Carolina
Armina OmoleArmina Omole
Ph.D. 2010
Neurology Resident
University of Pennsylvania
Khaled MoussawiKhaled Moussawi
Ph.D. 2010
Neurology Resident, Harvard
Michael Stefanik

Michael Stefanik
Ph.D. 2014
Postdoctoral Fellow
Rosalind Franklin University

Alexander Smith
Ph.D. 2015
Postdoctoral Fellow
Mount Saini Hospital

RECENT VISITING SCIENTISTS

Liliana CancelaLiliana Cancela
2004-05
Professor
U Cordoba
Gabriel QuinteroGabriel Quintero
2012
Associate Investigator
Panama
Wenua ZhouWenua Zhou
2006, 2008
Dean
Ningbo U
Mike BardoMike Bardo
2002-03
Professor
U Kentucky
Louis AlguacilLouis Alguacil
2002-03
Chair
San Pablo U
Madrid
Sam KombianSam Kombian
2006
Professor
U Kuwait
Shigenobu TodaShigenobu Toda
2000-2009
Associate Professor
Kananzawa Med School
Japan
 

 

RECENT LAB MANAGERS AND TECHNICIANS

Megan HensleyMegan Hensley
2008-12
Graphic Artist
Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas
2010-2014
Lab Manager
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Harvard University

Neringa Stankevicuite

Neringa Stankevicuite
2012-15
Medical Assistant, Greenville-SC

Nic Allen
2014-15
Student, LECOM Scool of Dental Medcine - Bradenton,FL

Eric DereschewitzEric Dereschewitz
2017-Present
Research Technician
  
 
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