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Helen Kames, Ph.D.

Lab Director


Helen M. Kamens earned her Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University in 2007 where she focused on the genetics of initial drug sensitivity. She completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Yale University and the Institute for Behavioral Genetics before joining the Department of Biobehavioral Health at Penn State as assistant professor in the fall of 2013. Dr. Kamens has received numerous awards including the International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award, the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Young Investigator Award, and the Research Society on Alcoholism Enoch Gordis Research Recognition Award.