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quoteGenius is 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration.quote

Thomas Edison


Lab Members

Lab Director

Christa McIntyre, PhD

Christa McIntyre, PhD



Graduate Students

Amanda Dieppa AlvarezAmanda Dieppa Alvarez

Molecular Mechanisms of Memory and Extinction


Amanda is investigating the molecular changes that contribute to synaptic plasticity and memory consolidation during fear conditioning and extinction. This basic research is designed to enhance our understanding of the neural processes involved in pathological states of anxiety.


Lindsey Noble

Lindsey Noble

Effects of Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Memory and Anxiety


Lindsey is examining the effects of acute vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) on anxiety and extinction of conditioned fear in rats. This preclinical work tests the effects of VNS on extinction of conditioned fear in a rat model of PTSD.


Lab Alumni

Jayme McReynolds

Jayme McReynolds

Thesis: Basolateral Complex of the Amygdala Modulation of Encoding Emotional Valence and Arc Protein Expression - Earned PhD May, 2012

Crystal HollowayCrystal Holloway

Thesis: Interaction of the Amygdala and the Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex in the Consolidation of Long-Term Memory - Earned PhD December, 2011


Dave Pena

Dave Peña

Thesis: The Use of Vagus Nerve Stimulation to Enhance the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - Earned PhD April, 2013


Shawn Willett

Shawn Willett

Laboratory Research Technician from 2012-2014

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