Elizabeth Lucas, PhD

Elizabeth K. Lucas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
Principal Investigator

Dr. Lucas joined NC State in 2018 after completing her B.S. in Psychology and Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and postdoctoral fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is impassioned by how the brain controls behavior and how this behavioral control goes awry in psychiatric illness. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, hiking, traveling, live music, and Eurogames.

Kristen Adcock
Graduate Student

Kristen Adcock is a Genetics PhD student that graduated from Pfeiffer University in 2019 with a degree in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a concentration in Forensic Science. She has always been interested in human health and understanding the underlying mechanisms behind disease. Her project investigates the neural circuits underlying sex differences in emotional memory with a focus on the lateral septum. In her free time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her family, curling up with a good book, and hanging out with her dog.

Mandy Biraud
Senior Research Assistant

Mandy joined the Lucas lab in 2020 as the lab manager. After her graduation from a French university, she worked as a research assistant in different laboratories, studying gastrointestinal disease at INSERM Nantes in France, UCLA in California, and NCSU in North Carolina. Now days, she intends to extend her knowledge in different areas as she was always interested in studying behavior and addiction. Mandy traveled from France to the United States as she likes traveling and discovering new cultures. Her hobbies include sewing, restoring old furniture from the flea market, or swimming at the pool.

Averie Bunce
Research Assistant

Averie obtained her B.S. in biological sciences with a concentration in human biology in May 2020. She joined the Lucas Lab because she has always been interested in understanding psychological disorders and their neurological mechanisms. She also wants to explore the option of research as a future career. Averie enjoys hiking with her dogs, collecting and caring for plants, and exploring new places in her free time.

Kamryn du Plessis
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biological Sciences, Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology Concentration 2022

Kamryn is an NC State sophomore majoring in Biology with a concentration in Integrative Physiology and Neurobiology. She joined the Lucas lab as she is passionate about bettering our understanding of the neurological mechanisms underlying mental illness, and hopes to one day contribute to innovative psychiatric treatment options. Following graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to earn a PhD in Neuroscience. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her cat and watching movies.

Amy Farthing
Graduate Student
CBS Neurosciences

Amy earned her B.A. in Biology from Augustana College in 2014 and her M.S. in Natural Resource Sciences from Tarleton State University in 2017. Following that, she worked at the Environmental Protection Agency where she studied the effects of algal toxins and metalloid bioavailability using in vivo assays. Amy has always been interested in studying animal behavior and is excited to start learning how environmental conditions affect the brain and behavior. Her research project involves examining the role of puberty onset on socioemotional development. In her free time, she attends boxing classes at Title Boxing and enjoys spending time with her husband and dogs.

Elizabeth Lucas, PhD

Sam Lambeth
Research Assistant

Sam joined the Lucas Lab in 2020 as a research assistant after graduating in December 2019. She obtained Bachelor’s degree in Experimental Neuroscience from Virginia Tech, where she also minored in Psychology and Science, Technology, and Law. She previously worked as an undergraduate researcher studying the sex differences in depression. In the future, she intends to further her education by studying Behavioral Neuroscience. Sam enjoys learning about medicine, animals, and insects.

Alex Yankoglu
Research Assistant
NCSU Psychology 2017
NCSU Physiology Masters Program 2021

Alex graduated from NCSU in 2017 with a major in Psychology and minors in Biological Sciences, Sports Science, and Classical Cultures. Her fascination of the human brain and mental illness first led her to pursue a career in medicine. Post-grad she worked in an obstetrics and gynecology office and became interested in the role of female hormones. The lab is the perfect merriment of her two passions. One day she hopes to work as a physician in underserved areas of NC. When she is not in the lab, Alex is working at Triangle Dermatology, spending time with friends, and traveling.


Former Lab Members

Arabelis Wally, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biological Sciences 2019
Kylee Brown, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biochemistry 2020
Haley Edwards, Rotating Graduate Student, CBS Neurosciences
Ka’ayla Jones, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Psychology 2020
Sreetama Basu, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar
Ian McConnell, Rotating Graduate Student, CBS Neurosciences
Sam Harp, Rotating Graduate Student, Genetics
Garret Ryherd, Research Assistant, NCSU Animal Science 2018
Jemma Strauss DeFillipp, Rotating Graduate Student, CBS Neurosciences
Kenny Hlewicki, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Animal Science 2020
Elizabeth Kennelly, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Chemistry 2021
Suzette Ramirez, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Animal Science 2020
Arkady Bilenkin, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biological Sciences 2020