ARTEP Alumni

Alcohol Research Training Grant in Epigenetics and Pathophysiology (ARTEP)

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ARTEP Alumni

Jordan Barone BA

  • Graduate Research Assistant
Jordan came to UIC in 2018 as an MD/PhD student in UIC’s Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). Currently, Jordan is a PhD candidate preparing her dissertation for the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. Prior to joining the CLEAR lab, Jordan graduated from Vanderbilt University with double majors in Neuroscience and Child Development, then completed a post-baccalaureate research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), studying sex differences in brain development across puberty. Under Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul's training, Jordan has studied how the menstrual cycle interacts with modulators of GABAergic systems, including alcohol use and neuroactive steroids. For her dissertation research, Jordan is interested in identifying if sensitivity of the GABA-A receptor serves as a peripheral biomarker of menstrual cycle-related psychiatric symptoms.After defending her PhD in Neuroscience, Jordan will return to medical school with the goal of becoming a primary care physician who focuses on the intersection of mental and reproductive healthcare.

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Julia Brooks MA

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Clinical Neuropsychology Extern
  • Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
  • Department of Psychology, UIC
Julia Brooks is a Clinical Neuropsychology Extern in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). Julia is a 4th year student in the UIC doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, and received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2020. Julia is interested in understanding how neuropsychological processes such as inhibitory control and executive functioning influence behavioral outcomes, and her research is focused on understanding brain-behavior relationships in the context of young adult substance use.

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Hagar Hallihan PhD, RN

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Director, Alcohol aBSTinence And braIN (ABSTAIN) Laboratory
  • Department of Medicine, College of Medicine, UIC
Dr. Hallihan is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and directs the ABSTAIN Lab. Her overall research interests focus on alcohol use disorders among young adults. She is interested in: (a) examining the neural mechanism underlying the susceptibility to alcohol addiction and (b) developing behavior change interventions to improve the health and outcomes of young adults with problematic drinking. Her current research involves a study aimed at improving alcohol abstinence that is funded by a K99/R00 career development award from National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Kana Hamada PhD

  • Neuroscience Program, Class 2020
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Kana Hamada successfully defended her dissertation, entitled Impact of Ethanol Drinking on ALK and STAT3 Signaling in the Mouse Brain, on October 29th, 2020. Kana was advised by Dr. Lasek during her doctoral training in the Neuroscience Program at UIC. Prior to her doctoral studies, she received her Master of Health Science at Johns Hopkins University in 2013.

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Elizaveta Mangutov BS

  • Graduate Research Assistant/Graduate Student
  • Graduate Program in Neuroscience
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC

Elizaveta received her Bachelors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Chemistry from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2019. She joined the Pradhan Lab in 2020 and her work focuses on the effect of delta opioid receptors on opioid induced hyperalgesia, cortical spreading depression, and migraine.

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Ryan Patwell

  • Graduate Research Assistant / PhD Candidate
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Ryan Patwell successfully defended his thesis titled Involvement of DNA methylation in Alcohol Withdrawal-induced Behavioral Changes in Rats on June 30th, 2021. Ryan was advised by Dr. Subhash Pandey and Dr. Elizabeth Glover. As a graduate student, Ryan focused on the effect of alcohol on DNA methylation in the amygdala and operant ethanol self-administration in rodent models. Prior to joining the Graduate Program in Neuroscience, Ryan received his B.S. in Biological Sciences from UIC in 2013.

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Valeria C Torres Irizarry

  • Predoctoral Fellow
  • Graduate Student
  • Graduate Education in Medical Sciences (GEMS) PhD Program
  • Department of Medicine, UIC
Valeria is a graduate student from the Integrative and Translational Physiology (ITP) Research Concentration. She received her bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey. Valeria is part of the Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences (GEMS) Program and is doing her predoctoral training under the mentorship of Dr. Pingwen Xu. Her work consists of using optogenetic tools and neuronal tracing techniques to understand the role of estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) signaling in the brain and elucidate the mechanisms by which ERα-expressing neurons regulate adipose tissue function and energy homeostasis. Valeria is also an NSF Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Program Fellow.

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Joel Shillinglaw PhD

  • Post Doctoral Research Associate
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Joel completed his BA at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010, and subsequently worked as a research assistant studying alcohol seeking behavior in rodents under the mentorship of Dr. Donita Robinson. He earned his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2019 from The University of Texas at Austin where he investigated the effects of acute and chronic ethanol on synaptic transmission in the Insular Cortex under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Morrisett and Dr. Regina Mangieri. Broadly speaking, Joel is interested in elucidating how brain regions and circuits of motivational significance change to underlie, at last in part, various psychiatric disease states.

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