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.

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.

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.

Arkady Bilenkin
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Biological Sciences, Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Concentration 2020

Arkady joined the Lucas lab in order to experience laboratory work and to study neuroscience in an engaging, hands-on environment, all while helping to progress ongoing research into the pathophysiology of fear disorders. Upon graduating, he intends to further his education by attending graduate school or medical school. His pastimes include hiking, reading, and running.

Averie Bunce
Undergraduate Research Assisant
Biological Sciences, Human Biology Concentration 2020

Averie is currently a junior here at NC State. She is studying biological sciences with a concentration in human biology and is on track to graduate 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.

Kendall Hlewicki
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Animal Science, Veterinary Bioscience Concentration 2020

Kenny Hlewicki is an undergraduate at NC State University and hopes to go to Veterinary School. She joined the Lucas Lab because of her interest in preventative medication for mental illness as well as a chance to get experience working in a laboratory. Kenny rides on the NC State Hunt Seat Team and in her free time you can probably find her out at the barn or hidden away with a good book.

Elizabeth Lucas, PhD

Suzette Ramirez
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Animal Science, Veterinary Bioscience Concentration 2020

Suzette is a senior at North Carolina State University, where she is majoring in Animal Science. She is 22 years old and has lived in North Carolina her whole life. In her free time, she enjoys being with family, watching movies, or visiting new places.

Alex Yankoglu
Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant
NCSU Psychology 2017

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 Assistant, NCSU Biological Sciences 2019
Kylee Brown, Undergraduate Assistant, NCSU Biochemistry 2020
Haley Edwards, Rotating Graduate Student, CBS Neurosciences
Ka’ayla Jones, Undergraduate 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