Robison Lab

Robison Lab Members

Post-Doctoral Fellows


Andrew Eagle

Andrew Eagle

I completed my B.A. in Psychology at Central Michigan University and then went on to receive a PhD in Experimental Psychology in 2010 from Central Michigan University. While there I worked with Dr. Justin Oh-Lee to investigate cognitive behavioral deficits in pre-symptomatic animal models of Parkinson’s disease. After graduation, I worked for the next few years as a postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Shane Perrine’s lab at Wayne State University School of Medicine. My project consisted of using animal behavioral models and molecular methods to investigate the neurobiological basis of comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder and addiction. I recently joined the Robison lab as a postdoctoral researcher. In my free time, I enjoy camping, running, reading, and spending time with my family.

Graduate Students


Paula Gajewski

Paula Gajewski

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a degree in Cellular Molecular Biology. In 2012 I was accepted into the MSU Genetics PhD Program where I am currently studying the epigenetic regulation of certain genes influenced by learning and memory in Dr. Robison’s lab. Aside from my love for science, I enjoy reading, playing the piano, outreach activities and traveling in my free time.

Claire Manning

Claire Manning

I’m a graduate student in the Neuroscience program. Before entering the program in 2014, I earned a dual-degree at the University of California at Davis in Neurobiology and Psychology. I worked with Dr. Brian Trainor to investigate sex differences in social defeat models of depression. My current research in the Robison lab explores how changes in gene expression in the hippocampus affect depressive-like behaviors seen in social defeat stress. In my free time I’m an avid traveler and enjoy cooking.

Liz Williams

Liz Williams

I attended the University of Michigan from 2008 to 2012 and graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry. During this time, I worked in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology under Dr. Jeff Martens where we collaborated on a project involving oxidation of potassium channels in cardiomyocytes. In 2013, I was accepted to the MD/PhD program at Michigan State University through the College of Human Medicine and Biomedical Sciences program. I joined the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at MSU after coming to the dual degree program, and have since joined the Robison lab after completing a rotation here. While my background is mostly in cardiovascular pharmacology, I took an interest in Dr. Robison’s research and have since dedicated my efforts to neuroscience and the pharmacology of the brain.

Undergraduate Students


Lauren Gron

Lauren Gron

I am an undergraduate senior from Northville, Michigan majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Pharmacology and Toxicology. I am in the MSU Honors College and was awarded the Fowler Fellowship in the summer of 2016 to work in the Robison lab. My past projects have involved ΔFosB expression in the hippocampus and its role in drug responses. Currently, I am performing stereotaxic surgeries on mouse brains used for electrophysiology studies in hippocampal neurons. Outside of the lab, I enjoy spending time volunteering, traveling, and cooking.

Audrianna St. Germain

Audrianna St. Germain

I am an undergraduate Junior studying Physiology, Human Biology, and Neuroscience with a specialization in cell and molecular neuroscience with a future dual degree (Do-PhD) career aspiration. This summer (2016), I was awarded the Beckman Scholarship to fund my studies in the Robison lab for the next two years. I will investigate the role of gene transcription in hippocampal dendritic spine structure. I also have an interest in Artificial Intelligence, and in my spare time I enjoy volunteering, adventuring, motorcycles, playing with my dog, and attending concerts.

Emily Steffke

Emily Steffke

I am a sophomore from Beal City, Michigan majoring in Neuroscience and English. I am a part of the Honor College’s Professorial Assistantship program and am a College of Natural Science Dean’s Research Scholar. My research combines focuses of both the Robison and Mazei-Robison labs: I am investigating the role of the protein SGK1 in the hippocampus and its effects on drug addition, learning, and memory by using mouse models and dendritic spine analysis. Outside of the lab, I am also a runner on MSU’s Varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Teams, and I play flute and piano.

Staff


Ken Moon

Ken Moon

I studied aquatic & fisheries biology and photography at Grand Valley State University. After graduation I began working as a chemistry quality assurance analyst at Mead-Johnson Nutritionals in Zeeland, MI; followed by some research and development work in a cell culture lab at Alticor in Ada, MI. My academic career began at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic medicine where I was fortunate enough to study nicotine and alcohol addiction pathways with Dr. Chris Butt. I enjoyed my first three years at MSU working in the lab of Dr. Barbara Atshaves studying biochemical mechanisms of obesity before joining Dr. Robison and Dr. Mazei-Robison’s labs. I enjoyed a very successful career rowing competitively at the intercollegiate and international levels as well as coaching at Forest Hills Northern high school and GVSU, and still find the opportunity to study photography in my free time.

Alumni


Karina Fernádez

Karina Fernádez

Senior at the University of Puerto Rico in Ponce studying Psychology and Mental Health.

Lorina Gallegos

Lorina Gallegos

Former BPNP summer student. Graduated with B.S. from University of New Mexico, 2016.

Sam Tauscher

Sam Tauscher

Former undergraduate researcher.
Graduated with B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU, 2016.

Mackenzie Thibault

Mackenzie Thibault

Former undergraduate researcher.
Graduated with B.S. in Neuroscience from MSU, 2016.