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Lasek Lab

Lasek Lab

Amy Lasek, PhD
Assistant Professor
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See Amy Lasek’s Department of Psychiatry faculty page for biography and research interests.

Hu Chen, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
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Hu received his PhD in Medical Sciences in 2004 from the Medical College of Fudan University in China. He joined the lab in 2012 and is examining the role of midkine and perineuronal nets in alcohol use disorder.

Wei-Yang Chen, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Wei-Yang (Jeremy) received his PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology in 2016 from University of Louisville in Kentucky. He joined the lab in 2016 and is studying epigenetic mechanisms in the hippocampus that contribute to alcohol use disorder.

Donghong He, MS
Senior Research Specialist and Lab Manager
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Donghong (Donna) received her MS in Medical Science in 1995 from Tongji Medical University in China. She joined the lab in 2012 and currently produces viral vectors for the NIAAA-funded INIA consortium. Donna is also interested in elucidating cellular signaling mechanisms regulated by the receptor tyrosine kinase ALK.

Elisa Hilderbrand
Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
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Elisa received her BA in Neuroscience from Knox College in 2010. She joined the lab in 2013 and is studying the effects of estrogen on behavioral responses to drugs of abuse.

Rosalba Satta, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Rosalba received her PhD in Physiology and Biophysics in 2008 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She joined the lab in 2012 and is examining the mechanism of action of estrogen in altering behavioral responses to drugs of abuse.

Antonia Savarese
Graduate Research Assistant, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
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Antonia received her BS in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago in 2008 and joined the lab in 2013. She is examining the mechanism of action of the Lmo3 gene in behavioral responses to ethanol.

Rex Tai
Research Specialist
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Rex received his BA in Biological Sciences from Northwestern University in 2015 and joined the lab in 2016. He is studying estrogen receptors in the brain and how their expression in reward circuitry relates to cocaine abuse in females.

Bertha Vandegrift
Graduate Research Assistant, Physiology and Biophysics
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Bertha received her BS in Molecular Biochemistry and Biophysics in 2011 from Illinois Institute of Technology. She joined the lab in 2015. Her thesis project involves work in Dr. Lasek and Dr. Mark Brodie’s (Department of Physiology and Biophysics) laboratories. She is studying the mechanism of action of estradiol in altering the physiology of dopamine neurons in the ventral tegmental area.