THE TEAM

Kristen Pleil

Principal Investigator

Kristen began her position as an Assistant Professor in the Pharmacology Department at WCM in June 2016. She received her PhD in 2010 from Duke University, where she studied estrogen-mediated neural plasticity during learning and memory. She then completed her postdoc in the laboratory of Thomas Kash at the UNC School of Medicine, where she characterized neuropeptide signaling mechanisms of binge alcohol drinking and investigated the effects of chronic exposure to stress and alcohol on limbic circuits.      Kristen Pleil CV

krp2013@med.cornell.edu

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Jean Rivera

Graduate Student (Neuroscience)

Jean joined the lab in 2017. He is this happy even when he is in the midst of running a massive mouse behavior experiment.

jkr2004@med.cornell.edu

Sydney Rowson

Postdoctoral Research Associate

sar2058@med.cornell.edu

Lia Zallar

Graduate Student (Pharmacology)

Lia joined the lab in fall 2019. She graduated from Reed College with a degree in Neuroscience, and her undergraduate research focused on ghrelin signaling in appetitive reward and alcohol use. Lia did a post-baccalaureate fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, where she conducted translational research collaborations in Dr. Lorenzo Leggio’s laboratory at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism and Dr. George Koob’s laboratory at the National Institute on Drug Abuse. She is interested in aromatase activity in estrogen modulation of circuits linked to alcohol use and neuropsychiatric disorders.

ljz4001@med.cornell.edu

Scottie Nelson

Research Technician

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Matt Hartmann

Postdoctoral Research Associate

mch4001@med.cornell.edu

Dezhi Liu

Research Technician

del4004@med.cornell.edu