Kamens Lab undergraduates present at the Biobehavioral Health Research Forum

Undergraduate students Colton, Grant, and Aidan presented work from the Kamens lab at the Biobehavioral Health Research Forum at Penn State on April 15th. The purpose of this research forum was to increase recognition of undergraduate student research and provide a forum for students to present their work to each other and to faculty. Great work Colton, Grant, and Aidan!

Honors undergraduate senior Colton Ruggery with his thesis adviser Dr. Helen Kamens

Undergraduate senior Grant Swisher

Undergraduate sophomore Aidan Peat

Constanza awarded The Prevention and Methodology Training Program Fellowship!

Congratulations to 4th year graduate student Constanza Paulina Silva Gallardo on receiving the competitive Prevention and Methodology Training Program (PAMT; T32 DA017629) fellowship! This fellowship is supported through two research centers at Penn State: the Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center and the Methodology Center. The purpose of this fellowship is to make a unique contribution to the nation’s training of prevention scientists and to the NIDA portfolio by fostering careers that focus on integrating drug abuse prevention science and innovative methodology. Congratulations Constanza!

4th Annual Founder’s Endowment for Excellence and Innovation Research Day

Constanza Silva Gallardo a 4th year PhD candidate gave an oral presentation entitled, “Biological Consequences of Reduced Nicotine-Content Cigarettes and Implications for Regulation.” Constanza also was recognized for receiving the Elizabeth J. Susman Enhancement Fund in BB H. Congratulations Constanza!

Undergraduate senior Colton Ruggery presented his entitled, “The Effects of the α3β4 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Antagonist, 18-methoxycoronaridine (18-MC), on Alcohol-Related Behaviors.” This poster encompasses work from Colton’s honor’s thesis and was supported by an Erickson Discovery Grant.

Kylie Stuhltrager awarded Summer Research Funding from the College of Health and Human Development

Congratulations to undergraduate junior Kylie Stuhltrager who was awarded summer research funding from the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University. Kylie will conduct an independent project this summer to determine how adolescent social stress alters the normal developmental trajectory in the brain and neuronal responses to stress in adulthood. Congratulations Kylie!

Article by the Kamens Lab to be published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research

The article entitled, “Pharmacokinetic profile of Spectrum reduced nicotine cigarettes,” was accepted for publication in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Authors include Helen Kamens, Constanza Silva, Russell Nye, Carley Miller, Nayantara Singh, Joseph Sipko, Neil Trushin, Dongxiao Sun, Steven Branstetter, Joshua Muscat, John Richie, and Jonathan Foulds. Read this article Here.

Rachel Bartlett awarded an Erickson Discovery Grant

Congratulations to undergraduate junior Rachel Bartlett who was awarded an Erickson Discovery Grant. Rachel will conduct an independent project this summer to determine how adolescent social stress alters opioid receptor gene expression. Congratulations Rachel!

Kamens Lab outreach at Easterly Parkway Elementary

The Behavioral Neurogenetics Laboratory had so much fun visiting the science fair at a local elementary school to teach K-5th graders about their brains with brain hats, pipe-cleaner neurons, and distortion goggles!

Attending the 2019 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco Meeting

The 25th Annual Meeting of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) was held in San Francisco, CA from February 20-23. This year Dr. Helen Kamens attended and gave both a poster presentation and research talk.

Dr. Helen Kamens presenting her poster entitled , “Pharmacokinetic Profile of Spectrum Reduced Nicotine Cigarettes.”


Dr. Helen Kamens gave a podium presentation for the symposium Factors that influence co-abuse of alcohol and nicotine: a pre-clinical perspective on co-morbidity. Her talk was entitled, “Adolescent Social Stress Influences Later Ethanol and Nicotine Behaviors and miRNA Expression.”