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Ben Kolber

Benedict 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 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.

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

Kate Sadler

Kate Sadler
sadlerk@duq.edu

Kate is a graduate student in Duquesne's biology Ph.D. program and joined the lab in January 2012. She received a B.S. in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg. In her spare time, Kate loves to bake delicious treats.

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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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Neal McQuaid
mcquaidn@duq.edu

Neal is 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. In his spare time he works 24-hour monster shifts as a certified flight paramedic.

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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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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. 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 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.

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Caela Long
clong2@swarthmore.edu

Caela was an undergraduate student from Swarthmore College and started working in the lab Summer 2013 for the Summer Undergraduate Research Program. Her hobbies include soccer and volunteering with special needs children.

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Youstina Seliman
selimany@duq.edu

Youstina is an undergraduate student in Duquesne's Biology program. She began working in the lab in August 2015. In her free time she enjoys soccer, table tennis, and working with spinal cord patients.

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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.