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 enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, son, and African Grey parrot.


Graduate Students

Benjamin Swack, MS candidate – Psychology. 

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




  • Sophia Pellechia
  • Evelyn Poncio
  • Annie Eby
  • Matthew Domanico
  • Gemma Krautzel
  • Abby Keevins
  • Iris Wainston
  • Isabella Quatela
  • Lauren Iskander
  • Hannah Borrelli