Elizabeth K. Lucas, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
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.
Nina Baumgartner, PhD
Nina Baumgartner joined the Lucas Lab after completing her PhD in Neuroscience at Tulane University in May 2021. She is interested in all things behavioral endocrinology, with a special focus on gonadal hormones and cognition. In her free time, she enjoys cooking Cajun food, sewing, and spending time with her husband and their three pets.
Kristen Adcock Binion
Kristen Adcock graduated from Pfeiffer University in 2019 with a degree in Biology, a minor in Chemistry, and a concentration in Forensic Science. She then obtained her M.A. in Genetics from NCSU in 2021. 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.
Kamryn du Plessis
Undergraduate Research Assistant
T34 U-TEAM Trainee
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 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.
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Communication Media 2022
Anna Rose is a senior at NC State studying Communication Media, with a triple minor in Journalism, Cognitive Science, and Science Communication. Her main interests lie within the study of neuropsychology, as well as the interactions between the mesolimbic reward pathway and flow state activities, particularly as they pertain to past trauma survivors. Following her undergraduate career, she plans to pursue a PhD in Cognitive Science, before hopefully working in the UK with the BBC as a science communicator. In her free time, Anna loves hosting her radio show on 88.1 FM, ‘The Riot Hours with Rainbow Riot,’ surfing, cooking, roller skating, and playing the drums.
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
Samantha Lambeth, Research Assistant, Virginia Tech Experimental Neuroscience 2019
Averie Bunce, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biological Sciences 2020
Fatima Baloch, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biological Sciences 2022
Dylan McDonald, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biological Sciences 2022
Alex Yankoglu, Research Assistant, NCSU Psychology 2017, NCSU Physiology Masters Program 2021
Hugh Johnson, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biological Sciences 2022
Ari Ogunda, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biochemistry & Biology 2022
Zakiyah McCullough, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Plant Biology 2024
Mandy Biraud, Research Assistant
Gaven Bell, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Biology Sciences 2023
Camille Brinkley, Undergraduate Research Assistant, NCSU Animal Science 2024