Congratulations to undergraduates Anna Wickenheisser and Aidan Peat who were awarded summer research funding from the Penn State Student Engagement Network. Congratulations Anna and Aidan!
Dr. Helen Kamens will be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure beginning July 1, 2020.
Dr. Kamens was the recipient of a National Cancer Institute R21 Grant. The project entitled, “The moderating role of smoking exposure in the relationship between the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor gene cluster and nicotine dependence.” With this funding, will use human genetics to examine the role of acetylcholine receptors in nicotine dependence. This work will be completed with Drs. Lisa Dierker and Jenn Rose at Wesleyan University.
Dr. Helen Kamens presented the talk, “Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors influence nicotine and alcohol behaviors” at Auburn University’s Center for Neuroscience seminar series on September 20th.
The article entitled, “Reduction of ethanol sensitization by α3β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in DBA/2J mice,” was accepted for publication in the journal Experimental & Clinical Psychopharmacology. Authors include Helen Kamens and Carley Miller.
Undergraduates Colton Ruggery, Grant Swisher, and Aidan Peat from the Kamens lab presented their research at the university-wide Penn State 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition for Research.
Undergraduate senior Colton Ruggery presented his work towards his honor’s thesis entitled, “The α3β4 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor antagonist 18-Methoxycoronaridine decreases binge-like ethanol consumption in adult C57BL/6J mice.”
Undergraduate senior Grant Swisher presented his work entitled, “The effect of adolescent social stress and genetic background on morphine consumption in C57BL/6J and BALB/cJ mice.”Undergraduate sophomore Aidan Peat presented his work entitled, “Adolescent social stress and genetic background alter morphine sensitization in C57BL/6J and BALB/cJ mice.”