Current ARTEP Fellows

Alcohol Research Training Grant in Epigenetics and Pathophysiology (ARTEP)

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Current ARTEP Fellows

Karl Y. Bosque-Cordero PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Karl obtained his bachelor's in biology at the University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla. For his Ph.D. in Biology, he attended the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras Campus and completed his dissertation in the laboratory of Dr. Carlos A. Jimenez-Rivera. His thesis explored the contribution of the hyperpolarizing cationic current in cocaine-induced excitability on dopaminergic neurons of the ventral tegmental area using both in vivo single-unit recordings and ex vivo patch-clamp electrophysiology. He joined the Glover Lab in September 2022 and is interested in exploring the basic mechanisms of reward and aversion in alcohol use disorder, focusing on the role that astrocytes may play in altering neurotransmission in the Rostromedial tegmental nucleus and the Lateral Habenula during alcohol withdrawal.

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Emir Malovic PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Emir Malovic received his PhD in neuroscience from Iowa State University. Broadly, he studied the neuroinflammatory mechanisms of astrocytes and microglia in Parkinson’s disease and manganism. His primary focus was in elucidating the mechanistic connections between N’6-methyladenosine (m6A) mRNA modifications and the inflammatory responses of manganese exposed astrocytes. With these new insights, Emir wishes to investigate m6A epitranscriptomic mechanisms of regulation in alcohol use disorder (AUD) for the purposes of therapeutic intervention.

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Kathryn Przybysz PhD, MS

  • Postdoctoral Research Associate
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Kathryn received her BA from Buffalo State College, and subsequently earned her MS and PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Binghamton University. Her research focus was on the long-term impact of early life alcohol exposure on emotional processing and social behavior, with a specific interest in amygdala and prefrontal cortex dysfunction. As a postdoctoral research associate in the Lasek lab, Kathryn is interested in understanding the individual variability associated with vulnerability for developing alcohol use disorder via molecular and epigenetic mechanisms.

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Lindsey Ramirez PhD, MS

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois Chicago
Lindsey Ramirez is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth Glover. Lindsey earned her B.A. in Applied Psychology at UIC. During her undergraduate training, she worked at the Substance Use Research Lab and became interested in substance abuse. Lindsey went onto have a diverse research experience. She studied pain during her Master’s training. Her doctoral work focused on the role of inflammatory immune cells to promote increases in fat tissue and blood pressure in female and male rodents. As a postdoctoral fellow, Lindsey is interested to understand the circuitry that mediates aversion in substance use disorder. Lindsey is also interested in science communication and making science accessible to everyone regardless of background.

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Sean Schrank PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Sean Schrank received his PhD in Neuroscience from Rosalind Franklin University in 2021 studying molecular and electrophysiological pathologies in Alzheimer’s Disease, and then transitioned into a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin studying spinal cord injury. In 2023, Sean began a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Illinois Chicago researching alcohol use disorders, and is currently interested in understanding the inflammatory consequences of binge ethanol consumption and how that impacts changes synaptic physiology throughout the extended amygdala. Ultimately, Sean would like to run his own research program focusing on the relationship between inflammation, synaptic communication, and the neurobiology of substance abuse.

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Shiva Edalatian Zakeri MA

  • Predoctroal Research Felllow
  • Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology
  • The Chicago Alcohol and Trauma (CHAT) Lab
  • Department of Psychology, University of Illinois Chicago
Shiva Edalatian Zakeri is a predoctoral research fellow in the Department of Psychiatry via receiving a T32 fellowship (ARTEP) in 2022. She is a Ph.D. candidate and 4th year student in Clinical Psychology program at UIC. Shiva is interested in alcohol use problems and alcohol use disorder and comorbid conditions, namely posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among adults. Specifically, she is interested in learning about treatment response and other health outcomes in PSTD-SUD populations.

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Braeden Rodriguez

  • Graduate Research Assistant, the CoNECt lab
  • Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Braeden Rodriguez is a PhD student in the Graduate Program in Neuroscience. At Kalamazoo College they majored in chemistry, concentrating in Biochemistry, and a completed a minor in Psychology. At the University of Chicago, they worked on projects investigating the dorsolateral striatum’s role with respect to Parkinsonian motor deficits, nicotine aversion, and nociception. In the CoNECt lab, Braeden studies the intersection of Internalizing Psychopathologies (Depression, Anxiety, etc.) and Alcohol Use Disorder by means of global brain connectivity. 

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Rachel M. Donka BS

  • Graduate Student, Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Department of Psychology
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research Training Grant in Epigenetics and Pathophysiology (ARTEP)

Rachel Donka is a graduate student in Dr. Jamie Roitman’s laboratory in the department of Psychology. She received her bachelor’s degrees in psychology and economics from Seattle Pacific University, where she conducted research on animal foraging behavior and risk-based decision making.

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Joshua P. Sevigny BS

  • Graduate Student, Graduate Program in Neuroscience
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research Training Grant in Epigenetics and Pathophysiology (ARTEP)

Josh received his B.S. in Ecology with a minor in Psychology from Seattle Pacific University in 2019. His undergraduate research was focused on risk-sensitive behavior and the neural circuitry of motivated decision making.

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Krista Miloslavich

  • Graduate Student, Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow, Alcohol Research Training Grant in Epigenetics and Pathophysiology (ARTEP)
Krista Miloslavich is a predoctoral research fellow in Dr. Margaret Wardle's lab in the Department of Psychology. She is a Ph.D. candidate and 4th year student in the Clinical Psychology program at UIC. Krista is interested in the affective correlates of substance use, namely anger and aggression. Krista's current work focuses on elucidating underlying mechanisms of anger-related alcohol use.

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