Marisa Gallego

Marisa Gallego

Administrative Assistant

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Lauren Smith

Lauren Smith

Graduate Student

E-cigarette and nicotine enzyme

Hassiba Beldjoud

Hassiba Beldjoud

Postdoctoral Fellow

Role of NE in cocaine escalation

Sharona Sedighim

Sharona Sedighim

Research Assistant

GWAS

Mike Arends

Mike Arends

Senior Consortium Coordinator

GWAS/Biobank

Olivier George

Olivier George

Associate Professor

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Sierra Simpson

Sierra Simpson

Graduate Student

Microbiome and addiction

Adam Kimbrough

Adam Kimbrough

Postdoctoral Fellow

Whole brain imaging

Molly Brennan

Molly Brennan

Research Assistant

GWAS

Giordano De Guglielmo

Giordano De Guglielmo

Staff Scientist

Originally from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, I graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Psychology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. During that time, I worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Moriah Szpara's lab, where I completed an undergraduate Honors thesis studying in vitro cellular phenotypes of herpes simplex virus type 1 infection.
I started my PhD at The Scripps Research Institute in the fall of 2017, and spent a year developing my research interests in both neuroscience and metabolism. I look forward to connecting these two fields throughout my PhD research in addiction. Outside of the lab, I enjoy baking/cooking, going to trivia nights, and watching Penn State football.

Kokila Shankar

Kokila Shankar

Graduate Student

Looking at how feeding metabolism and physiology is disrupted by drugs of abuse at different points of the addiction cycle

During my postdoc in epigenetics and molecular biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, I was working on a novel therapeutic approach for the neurodevelopmental disorder, Rett syndrome. In the George lab, I want to delve deeper into neuroscience, trying to better understand and treat substance use disorder, both as a goal on itself and as a model for other disorders.

Lieselot Carrette

Lieselot Carrette

Postdoctoral Fellow

Startup of new project:
- Epigenetic variation (start with looking at MECP2 levels) in the biobank brains. Then try to selectively modulate MECP2 levels and evaluate behavioral change.
Joining in ongoing projects:
- Nociceptin
- Pre-clinical testing of oral compound for alcohol dependence
- Neuronal ensembles

Marc Azar

Marc Azar

Professional Scientific Collab

Lisa Maturin

Lisa Maturin

Senior Consortium Coordinator

Biobank

Marsida Kallupi

Marsida Kallupi

Staff Scientist

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