Current

Ben Sachs, Principal Investigator.  Dr. Sachs first got involved in research in Dr. James Cherry’s Laboratory of Molecular Neurobiology & Behavior at Boston University, where he majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Psychology. He then joined the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at the University of California-San Diego where he joined Dr. Katerina Akassoglou’s lab in the Department of Pharmacology. After completing his dissertation describing a novel signaling pathway downstream of the p75 neurotrophin receptor, he joined Marc Caron’s laboratory in the— Department of Cell Biology  at Duke University where he first began performing research related to mental health – investigating the consequences of brain serotonin deficiency. Dr. Sachs came to Villanova in 2015 and started his lab here in 2016. When not demonstrating gross violations of laboratory safety guidelines to his children, Dr. Sachs enjoy spending time with his wife, two daughters, and African Grey parrot.

 

Graduate Students

Allison Warner, MS candidate – Psychology. Allison is performing her Master’s thesis in the lab investigating the effects of brain 5-HT deficiency on exercise-induced alterations in behavior and neurogenesis.

Kerry Buckhaults, MS candidate – Psychology. Kerry is performing her Master’s thesis in the lab investigating a mouse model of postpartum depression.

Kristen Allen, MS candidate – Psychology. Kristen has been performing research aimed at understanding the factors that govern susceptibility to stress.

Undergraduates

  Emily Boyland, Biochemistry and CBN, 2022. Emily started in the lab           towards the end of 2019 and is working on a senior thesis project evaluating neurochemical alterations induced by genetic inhibition of tryptophan hydroxylase 2  activity.

 

 

 

Jordan Case, Biochemistry, 2023. Jordan started in the lab in the Spring of 2020 and has been working on several projects looking at the effects of stress,  alcohol, and brain serotonin deficiency on gene expression and behavior.

 

 

Abigail Sullivan, CBN, 2023. Abigail started in the lab in the Spring of 2020 and has been working on several projects related to understanding stress susceptibility and evaluating ketamine’s antidepressant effects.

  • Sophia Pellechia
  • Isabella Quatela
  • Evelyn Poncio
  • Lindsay Scally
  • Elise Miller
  • Michael Correia
  • Avelina Petri
  • Madeline Wujek
  • Iris Wainston