Staff & Students
Benedict Kolber, Ph.D.
Full Kolber CV
Ben Kolber serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Research and Education Coordinator for the Chronic Pain Research Consortium. Dr. Kolber came to Duquesne in 2011 from Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Kolber has over 10 years experience doing neuroscience research.
His graduate work with Dr. Louis Muglia, M.D., Ph.D. looked at the role of the endocrine stress response in the modulation of stress adaptation, depression, and anxiety. His post-doctoral work with Dr. Robert Gereau IV, Ph.D. focused on understanding the role of the amygdala in the modulation of acute and chronic pain. Dr. Kolber also has extensive experience teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level. His teaching interests focus on teaching neuroscience, endocrinology, physiology, and in utilizing innovative teaching techniques in the classroom.
In his spare time, Dr. Kolber likes to do home repairs and read books that contain indexes (i.e. non-fiction).
Kate is a graduate student in Duquesne's biology department and joined the lab in January, 2012. She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg.
Neil is a graduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and rotated through the lab in the Fall of 2012 before joining the lab full-time in April, 2013. He received a B.S. in Chemistry, Ecology, and Evolution at the University of Pittsburgh. In his spare time he enjoys being outdoors, gardening, and bird-watching.
Chris is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and joined the lab in February 2012. He has completed one half and one full marathon, and although he enjoys exercising and working out, his claim to fame at Duquesne is that he has eaten 5.5 pounds of spaghetti in a single sitting. Thus, he lived up to his longtime nickname of "Chubbz."
Mary is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Pharmacy department and joined the lab in September 2012. Her hobbies include competitive horseback riding, dance, powerlifting, painting, and 5K events.
Rani is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and joined the lab in January 2013. Apart from science, she has a passion for dance, which she has been doing for over 12 years.
Jarred is an undergrade student in Duquesne's Biology department and joined the lab in December 2011.
Missy is an undergrade student in Duquesne's Biology department and joined the lab in May 2013. She enjoys horseback riding, fox hunting, and playing the saxophone.
Devon is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and worked in the lab from September 2012 to April 2013.
David was an undergraduate in Duquesne's Pre-Med and Biology programs. He worked in the lab from January 2012 to May 2013 when he graduated with a B.S. in Biology.
Caela is an undergraduate student from Swarthmore College and worked in the lab May-July 2013 for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Her hobbies include soccer and volunteering with special needs children.
Muzamil is a graduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and rotated in the lab Spring 2013. Muz received a B.Sc. in Clinical Sciences from King's College, London and a M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London. In his free time, Muzamil actively engages his passion of photography, enjoys live music and, on occasion, writes.
Nick is an undergrade student in Duquesne's Biology department and worked in the lab from May 2013 to August 2013. He enjoys watching movies and bouldering.