Lab Members

From top to bottom, left to right: Neil Sekhawat, Eric Kim, James Flowers, Alessandro Jean-Louis, Cory Ardekani,Anosha Ahmed, Miranda Langrehr, Jamie Palmer, Samantha Eck, Debra Bangasser, & Evelyn Ordoñes Sanchez.


Principal Investigator

Debra Bangasser, Ph.D

Dr. Debra Bangasser is an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the College of Liberal Arts Neuroscience Program at Temple University. She earned her PhD in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Rutgers University and did postdoctoral training in the field of Stress Neurobiology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Using techniques from behavioral neuroscience, cellular neuroscience, and neuroendocrinology, her laboratory has identified sex differences in sensitivity to corticotropin releasing factor that bias females towards hyperarousal and males towards cognitive impairments. Her laboratory also investigates how early life experience can promote sex-specific resilience to alterations in cognition and motivation. Dr. Bangasser’s research program received the Janett Rosenberg Trubatch Career Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience, which recognizes originality and creativity in research, and an American Psychological Association Presidential Citation.


Graduate Students

Samantha Eck, B.A.

In May 2016, Sam graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. While at Gettysburg, she worked in a laboratory that studied the neural correlates of social play behavior in rats. During the summer of 2015, Sam contributed to research on the interaction between alcohol consumption and social play behavior at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Her current research investigates the effects of early life adversity on reproductive behaviors and the medial preoptic area.

Evelyn Ordoñes Sanchez, B.S.

Evelyn graduated in 2015 from UC Davis with a B.S in both Neurobiology and Psychology. As an undergraduate, she studied the effects of social stress on behavior by using California mice. She was involved in projects investigating kappa-opioid receptors in the brain and examining extrinsic factors that could cause changes in DNA methylation in the amygdala. Following graduation, Evelyn worked for two years at The Jackson Laboratory (JAX), where she helped lead important studies in areas, such as neurobiology, oncology, and toxicology. Her current interests include studying the long-term effects of early life stress on impulsivity and neurobiological mechanisms associated with impulsive behaviors.

Jamie Palmer, B.S.

Jamie graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in 2017 with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience.  While at Saint Joe’s, she worked with California mice and played a role in projects investigating post-partum antidepressant usage, parenting, and resilience.  She focused mainly on a study observing the effects of maternal SSRI usage on the oxytocin receptors of offspring.  Jamie ultimately would like to pursue a long-term career in research, and her current interests lie in the examination of sex differences in behavior and brain morphology.

Research Technician

Cory Ardekani, B.S.

Cory graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Temple University in 2018. During his undergraduate studies, he investigated children’s cognitive development in Temple’s Cognition & Learning Lab and spent a summer assessing the morphology of Kenyon cells of the Drosophila Melanogaster at HHMI. Cory also served as a Diamond Peer Teacher in 2018, which allowed him to be an undergraduate teaching assistant for Cellular Neuroscience. In the future, Cory would like to pursue a career in neuroscience either in the clinical field or academia.

James Flowers II, B.A.

James graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Temple University in 2019. During his undergraduate studies, he investigated impulsivity and early life adversity in the Neuroendocrinology & Behavior lab at Temple. James would like to pursue a career in neuroscience research.


Undergraduate Research Assistants
Anosha Ahmed
Alessandro Jean-Louis
Eric Kim
Miranda Langrehr
Charleanne Rogers
Neil Sekhawat


NBL Alumni

Graduate Students
Alexander Telenson, M.S.,  Doctoral Student in Neuroscience, Northwestern University
Brittany Wicks, M.S., Material Cell Culture Scientist, Eurofins
Kimberly Wiersielis, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Mentor: Troy Roepke, Department of Animal Sciences, Rutgers University

Research Technicians
George McClung, B.S., Critical Care Research Fellow at Clinical Investigation Facility, David Grant USAF Medical Center
Madeleine Salvatore, B.S., Research Technician, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Undergraduate Students
Nausheen Baksh, B.S., The Lewis Katz School of Medicine Postbaccalaureate program, Temple University
Joy Bergmann, B.S., PsyD Program, LaSalle
Attilio Ceretti, B.S., Doctoral Student in Integrative Biology, Lehigh University
Sarah Cohen, B.S., Statistical Analyst, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Nina Duncan, B.S., Research Technician, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Sydney Famularo, B.S., Research Technician, Temple University
Alexa Fritz, B.S., Pediatric ER Research Intern, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Arron Hall, B.A., Research Technician, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Adam Hawkins, B.S., Project Manager, University of Pennsylvania
Harah Jang, B.S., Scientist, Samsung Bioepis
Sabina Khantsis, B.S., Animal Biologist, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, NIH
Julia Kirkland, B.S., Research Technician, Temple University
Demetrius Lee, B.S., Research Technician, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Hanna Lefebo, B.S., Pharmacy School, University of Maryland
Mikala Moorech, B.A., Project Manager, Epic Company
Marni Shore, B.S., Clinical Care Technician, Tufts Medical Center
Hannah Simko, B.S., Occupational Therapist, Lehigh Valley Health Network
Lindsey Tepfer, B.S., Research Technician, Temple University
Kyle White, B.S., Doctoral School in Clinical Psychology, Syracuse
Mina Youssef, B.S., Clinical Trial/Project Manager, DOCS Pharmaceuticals