Master's Recipients

2014

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Avelino Cardoso Amado

B.S. Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2010

Research Interests: The Effects of Disrupted Posture on Bi-Manual Coordination.
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Richard Van Emmerik
Thesis Title: Postural instabilities and the maintenance of bi-manual rhythmic movements
Position:
Courtney Begnoche

Courtney Begnoche

B.S. Pre-Veterinary and Animal Sciences, UMass, May 2012

Research Interests: Primate Behavior and Cognition
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Melinda Novak
Thesis Title: Behavioral effects of construction activity on...
Position:
Christina Gagliardi

Christina Gagliardi

B.A. Studio Art, Mount Holyoke College (May 2002), B.S. Biology, University of Maine Orono (May 2010)

Research Interests: Modeling and assessing chronic stress in rodents
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Blaustein
Thesis Title: Increased body weight in adulthood following a peripubertal stressor and proposed mechanism for effects of increased adiposity on estrogen-dependent behaviors
Position:
Bethany Rappleyea

Bethany Rappleyea

B.S. Biology; Secondary B.S. Psychology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst , May 2012

Research Interests: The enduring effects of stress during puberty on female mice
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Blaustein
Thesis Title: The role of ER-Alpha and the ovaries in the enduring altered behavioral response to pubertal immune stress 
Position:

2012

André Boulay

André Boulay

B.S. Psychology/Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2007

Research Interests: Motor Control and Coordination, Motor Speech Disorder Apraxia
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Richard Van Emmerik
Thesis Title: Motor Control and Coordination, Motor Speech Disorder Apraxia
Position: Owner of YoYoExpert; Co-owner of YoYoNews
Chrisanthi A. Karanikas

Chrisanthi A. Karanikas

B.A. Psychology, Michigan State University, May 2009

Research Interests: Neurobiological and Behavioral Effects of Alcohol Addiction
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Heather Richardson
Thesis Title:
Position: Senior Associate, Scientific Communications; Eli Lilly and Company
Emily D. Merchasin

Emily D. Merchasin

B.S. Biology, San Francisco State University, January 2005
M.S. Biology, San Francisco State University, May 2009

Research Interests: The Effects of Stress During Puberty on Adult Behavior
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Blaustein
Thesis Title:
Position:

2011

Sean W. Burton

Sean W. Burton

B.A. Psychology, Kent State University, May 2006

Research Interests: Axon/Glial Interactions in Axon Guidance
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Rolf Karlstrom and Dr. Michael Barresi
Thesis Title:
Position:

2010

Michael J. Cunningham

Michael J. Cunningham

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Regulation of Trio Splice Variants by 17beta-Estradiol and 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-P-Dioxin
Position: First year medical student (class of 2015) University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

2009

Jamie L. Berkowitz

Jamie L. Berkowitz

B.S. Biology, minor Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor: Dr. Melinda Novak
Thesis Title: Sexually Differentiated Object Preference in Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca Mulatta)
Position: Physician Assistant in Urgent Care
Christina S. Henderson

Christina S. Henderson

B.S. Biology,University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: MDMA and Methamphetamine: An Investigation of a Neurochemical and Behavioral Cross-Tolerance in the Rat
Position: Research Associate, R&D, Seaside Therapeutics, Cambridge, Massachusetts
John C. Richiedei

John C. Richiedei

B.S. Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Event=Related Potential Indices of Attentional Gradients Across the Visual Field
Position: First year medical student, UMass Medical School. 

2007

Lauren R. Ditzian

Lauren R. Ditzian

B.S. Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: The Time-Course of Developmental Cell Death in the Spinal Nucleus of the Bulbocavernosus of Mice
Position: Intern, Planned Parenthood International, Santiago, Chile
Lauren M. Gasbarro

Lauren M. Gasbarro

B.S. Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Thesis Title: Female Sexual Receptivity: The Effect of Stress at Puberty on Sexual Receptivity in Female Mice
Position: Pharmacovigilance Associate, Genzyme, Cambridge, Mass.
Christine A. Major

Christine A. Major

B.S. Animal Science (minor Psychology), University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Seeing and Knowing Ability of Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca Mulatta)
Position: Research Technician II, Division of Neuroscience, Laboratory of Behavioral Biology at Harvard Medical School's New England Regional Primate Research Center, Southborough, Massachusetts
David M. Whitehead

David M. Whitehead

B.S. Biochemistry & Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: What Mediates the Interaction Between Semaphorin and Rac at the Developing Synapse?
Position: Surgery residency program, Albert Einstein College of Medicine - Montefiore, Bronx, New York. 

2006

Scott Baver

Scott Baver

B.S. Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Colorado State University, September 2009

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Melanopsin-Immunoreactive Retinal Ganglion Cells in the Mongolian Gerbil Retina
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Division of Endocrinology
Maria Furman

Maria Furman

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: The Role of Ghrelin in Estrous Behavior Interactions with Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone
Position: Clinical Development Associate, US Exploratory Implementation, Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
Arthur W. Seelig

Arthur W. Seelig

B.S. Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Neurochemical Identity of c-Fos Expressing Neurons in the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus
Position: Instructor & Laboratory Manager Science Department, Sierra Nevada College

2003

Mohammed Reza

Mohammed Reza

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Role of Cell Death in Respect to Sexual Differentiation of the Vasopressin Neurotransmitter System
Position: Medical student at SABA University of Medicine
Patricia L. Seymour

Patricia L. Seymour

B.S. Biology (minor Psychology), University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: The Role of Corticotropin Releasing Factor Receptors in the Suppression of Estrous Behavior
Position: Second year primary care/family practice resident, Worcester Program for Family Medicine and Community Health
Christina M. Veino

Christina M. Veino

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: A Systematic Exploration of Tool Use in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca mulatta)
Position:

2002

Shaun Gaipo

Shaun Gaipo

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Do the Vasopressin Cells of the Mouse Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis and Medial Amygdala Contain Androgen and Progesterone Receptors: An Immunocytochemical Study
Position:
Ernie Pedapati

Ernie Pedapati

B.S. Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: The Effect of Endogenous Neurotrophic Factors on the Development of the Rat Perineal Muscles
Position: Medical Student, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Peter S. Wu

Peter S. Wu

B.S. Psychology (minor Biology), University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2001
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: The Effects of Flashing Light on c-Fos Expression in the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus of the Mongolian Gerbil
Position: Baystate Surgical Residency Program, Baystate Medical Center

2001

Hanna M. King

Hanna M. King

B.A. Psychology, Loyola University, December 2007
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, September 2010

Research Interests: The Influence of Peripubertal Stress on Altered Adult Response to Estradiol
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Jeffrey Blaustein and Dr. Agnes Lacreuse
Thesis Title:
Position: Medical Student, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Maria Peroulakis

Maria Peroulakis

B.A. Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Characterization of Perineal Muscles and Motoneurons in the Nakes Mole-Rat (Heterocephalus Glaber)
Position: Consultant, Global Enrollment Optimization, Clinical Development Organization, Eli Lilly & Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
John Ribadeneyra

John Ribadeneyra

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Effects of 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-Dioxin on Estradiol Induction of Progesterone Receptor Gene Expression in the Hypothalamus and Preoptic Area of the Rat Brain
Position: Cell Biology Department (Lab of Gary Stein), UMass Medical School, Worcester

1999

Kathryn Larsen

Kathryn Larsen

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chair/Advisor:
Thesis Title: Sensory Axon Growth During Drosophila Metamorphosis
Position: Admission Committee Interviewer, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut