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Ben Kolber

Benedict J. Kolber, Ph.D.
kolberb@duq.edu

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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 14 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.

Professional Affiliations

In his spare time, Dr. Kolber likes to do home repairs and read books that contain indexes (i.e. non-fiction).

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Neil Lax
laxn@duq.edu

Neil is a graduate student in Duquesne's biology Ph.D. program 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.

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Anna Polaski
polaskia@duq.edu

Anna is a graduate student in Duquesne's biology Ph.D. program and rotated in the lab Fall 2014 before joining the lab full-time in April 2015. She received a B.S. in Biology from Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. She ran crosscountry at Mercyhurst and is the undisputed running champion of the lab.

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Heather Allen
allenh1@duq.edu

Heather is a graduate student in Duquesne's biology Ph.D. program, rotated in the lab Fall 2016, and joined in Spring 2017. She received a B.S. in Biology from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC.

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Grant Barber
barberg@duq.edu

Grant is a post-bac student at Duquesne and joined the lab in August 2016. He received a B.S. in Biology and minor in Biochemistry from Duquesne University. At one point in his life he could run like the wind. He was on Duquesne's cross-country squad early in his undergraduate career.

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Nadina Robusto
bembicn@duq.edu

Nadina is a technician and joined the lab in June 2016. She received a M.A. and B.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University and worked as a clinical psychologist.

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Marissa Behun
behunm@duq.edu

Marissa is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biomedical Engineering program. She began working in the lab in January 2016 and participated in the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) summer 2016. She is a former hockey enforcer.

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Abby Cox
coxa@duq.edu

Abby is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She began working in the lab in May 2015. She was an awarded a summer undergraduate fellowship from the American Physiological Society (2016) and participated in the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) for two summers. She is a superstar dancer.

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Edward Hilton
hiltone@duq.edu

Eddie is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biochemistry program. He began working in the lab in May 2014 as part of the inaugural Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) program. He was also in the PURE program in summer 2016 and received the Clarkston Consulting PA Undergraduate Award in 2015.

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Jack Klens
klensj@duq.edu

Jack is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Physician Assistant program. He began working in the lab in January 2017. He plays hockey and is from Dayton, which makes him great.

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Sara Leep
leeps@duq.edu

Sarah is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She began working in the lab in January 2017. She is the only person in the lab that had pet mice growing up. Yes, her mice had babies.

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Ifra Malik
iwm5@pitt.edu

Ifra is an undergraduate student in the University of Pittsburgh's neuroscience program. She began working in the lab in January 2017. Ifra has a twin brother who is a student at Duquesne. She is DEFINATELY the better half.

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Anne Roberts
robertsa1@duq.edu

Anne is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She began working in the lab in January 2017.

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Analise Zapakda
zapadkaa@duq.edu

Analise is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She began working in the lab in May 2016.

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Devon Burkholder

Devon was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and worked in the lab from September 2012 to April 2013.

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Patrick Cunningham

Patrick was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. He workedin the lab in Aug 2015 to May 2016. He is currently a Ph.D. student at Lehigh University.

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Antoinette Frye

Antoinette was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Psychology Department. She worked in the lab in May 2014 to August 2014.

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ShyAnn Gajcowski

ShyAnn is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She worked in the lab from May 2015 to August 2015.

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David George

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. While at Duquesne, David was an Undergraduate Research Program fellow.

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Adriana Gulli

Adriana was a high school student at Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh when she worked in the lab December 2014 to May 2016. She is currently an undergraduate student at Duquesne University.

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Christopher Ignatz

Chris was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department, worked in the lab February 2012 to May 2014 when he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. While at Duquesne, he was an Undergraduate Research Program fellow, received a Tri-Beta Research grant and won the John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research. He is currently a Medical Student at LECOM.

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Dana Incelli

Dana is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She worked in the lab Fall 2016.

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Kara Jones

Kara was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She worked in the lab from January 2015 to August 2015. While in the lab, she was a Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) fellow.

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Vishnu Rahul Kannan

Vishnu graduated from Duquesne's Biotechnology M.S. program (2015) and worked in the lab from March to August 2014. Previously, she received a B.Technology in Electronics and Instrumentation at Amrita University, India.

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Tom Kelly
kellyt3@duq.edu

Tom is a graduate student in Duquesne's biology Ph.D. program and rotated through the lab in Spring 2017. He received a B.S. in Biology from Mercyhurst University.

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Mary Kimmel

Mary is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Pharmacy School. She worked in the lab from September 2012 until November 2013. Her hobbies include competitive horseback riding, dance, powerlifting, painting, and 5K events.

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Caela Long

Caela was an undergraduate student from Swarthmore College and worked in the lab from May 2013 to June 2016 (primarily in the summer URP and PURE programs). She is currently a research technician at the University of Pennsylvania in the lab of Dr. Jeffrey Roizen.

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Neal McQuaid

Neal was a graduate student in Duquesne's biotechnology M.S. program and joined the lab in December 2014. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is currently a M.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Rani Rajaram

Rani was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and worked in the lab January 2013 to May 2015 before graduating with a B.S. in Biology. While at Duquesne, she was an Undergraduate Research Program fellow. She is currently a medical student at Temple University.

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Austin Ramsey

Austin was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Psychology department and worked in the lab from September 2013 to December 2014 when he graduate with a B.S. in Psychology (minor in Biology). While at Duquesne, he received a Irene and Eric Simon Brain Research Foundation summer research grant. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at University of Maryland.

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Zach Resko

Zach is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and worked in the lab from August 2014 to May 2016. He likes weightlifting and lacrosse but not necessarily at the same time.

Kate Sadler

Dr. Kate Sadler, Ph.D.

Kate was a graduate student in Duquesne's biology Ph.D. program and joined the lab in January 2012. She received her Ph.D. in 2017 and was funded during her doctoral work by a NIH/NIDDK F31 NRSA fellowship. She is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Medical College of Wisconsin working with Dr. Cheryl Stucky.

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Muzamil Saleem

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. He is currently a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. John Pollock.

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Youstina Seliman

Youstina was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She worked in the lab from August 2015 to December 2017. She will be entering medical school in Fall 2017.

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Jarred Stratton

Jarred was an undergrade student in Duquesne's Biology program. He worked in the lab from December 2011 to December 2013 when he graduated with a B.S. in Biology. While at Duquesne, he was an Undergraduate Research Program fellow and was an American Physiological Society Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University.

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Allison Trouten

Allison was an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology department and worked in the lab from January 2014 to May 2015. She is currently a graduate student in Biotechnology at Case Western Reserve University.

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Melissa Wolz

Missy was an undergrade student in Duquesne's Biology department and worked in the lab May 2013 to May 2015 when she graduate with a B.S. in Biology. She is currently a medical student at West Virginia University.

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Nick Verna

Nick was 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.