Welcome to Our Lab


The Behavioral Neurogenetics Lab is interested in how genes modulate complex behaviors.

Research in the lab focuses on the role of genetics in complex disorders. We examine if genetic variation influences behaviors and try to elucidate the biological mechanism through which this is occurring.

We investigate how genetic variation influences behaviors, by asking the questions:

  1. Do genes modulate behaviors?
  2. What is the biological mechanism through which this occurs?

Our lab utilizes a number of levels of analysis including preclinical models, cell culture models and human genetics.  Through integration of all of approaches we hope to better understand the biological basis of behavior.



Our Team


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Helen Kamens, PhD

Laboratory Director

Brad Fetherston

Laboratory Technician

Constanza Gallardo

Graduate Student Researcher

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Carley Miller

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Colton Ruggery

Undergraduate Student Researcher

Sonali Patel

Undergraduate Student Researcher


Kylie Stuhltrager

Undergraduate Student Researcher


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