Helen Kamens Promoted

Dr. Helen Kamens will be promoted to Associate Professor with tenure beginning July 1, 2020.

National Cancer Institute Grant Awarded

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.

Kamens Lab ungraduates present research at the 2019 Penn State Undergraduate Exhibition for Research

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.”