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Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, and Senior Research Associates

  • Beth Bennett
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1986. Molecular identification of genes underlying initial sensitivity to alcohol and alcohol preference.

  • Rebecca Betjemann
    Ph.D. University of Denver, 2005. Component processes of listening and reading comprehension, and how they are impacted in children with learning disabilities.

  • Tanya Button
    Ph.D., Kings College London, 2005. Examination of the relationship between conduct problems and substance use problems,and the interplay of genetic and environmental risks for both conduct problems and substance problems.

  • Nomita Chhabildas
    Ph.D., University of Denver, 2003. Neuropsychological and psychiatric correlates of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as broader comorbidity issues in childhood psychopathology and learning disabilities.

  • Robin Corley
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1987. Longitudinal analysis of specific cognitive abilities and problem behaviors.

  • Jim Cypser
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2002. Discovery and characterization of biomarkers of aging, e.g., physiological or molecular characteristics that predict individual subsequent life span (in the nematode C. elegans). Also the demographic patterns of mortality displayed by long-lived mutants, and the relationship between stress resistance and the rate of aging.

  • Chris Downing
    Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2001. Classical and molecular genetic methods, such as QTL analysis, congenic and transgenic mice, and gene expression techniques to identify and evaluate genes mediating drug-related phenotypes.

  • Naomi Friedman
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2002. Working memory and executive functions, including indiviudal differences and behavioral genetic analyses of executive functions such as inhibition.

  • Heather Gelhorn
    Ph.D. University of Colorado, 2005. Identification of optimal phenotypes for QTL studies of adolescent antisocial behavior and drug abuse.

  • Sharon Grady
    Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1973. Function of nicotine in the central nervous system of mice, specifically, nicotine-stimulated release of neurotransmitters from synaptosomes.

  • Brett Haberstick
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 2005. My research aims to understand genotypic variation for studies of complex traits. My recent work has focused on functional polymorphisms and their contribution to individual differences in substance use disorders (alcohol, tobacco) and other disinhibited behavioral problems. Of long-standing interest is the application of developmental approaches to examining the etiology of these disorders as well their stability and change across the life-span.

  • Christina Hewitt
    Ph.D., Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, 1984. Molecular genetic studies of human behaviors.

  • Nicole Hoft
    Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2004. Identification of genetic mechanisms contributing to alcohol abuse and smoking behaviors, particularly the role of neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.

  • Jeffrey Lessem
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1999. Research into the methodology for detecting quantitative trait loci; particularly in relation to substance abuse disorders and conduct disorders.

  • Christopher Link
    Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 1981. Molecular genetics; modeling of neurodegenerative diseases using transgenic C. elegans.

  • Michael Marks
    Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1974. Genetic influences on molecular, biochemical, physiological, and behavioral factors mediating the responses to nicotine in mice.

  • Maria L. Florez-McClure
    Ph.D., University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2004. Investigating the role of autophagy in neurodegenerative diseases, especially Alzheimer’s disease, using C. elegans as a model organism.

  • Brad Rikke
    Ph.D., University of Texas, 1992. Genetic mapping and identification of genes underlying dietary restriction's ability to retard aging in mice.

  • Stephanie Schmitz
    Ph,D., University of Colorado, 1996. Genetic and environmental influences on the development of temperament, personality, and problem behavior; behavior genetics of psychopathology and health behaviors.

  • Gary Stetler
    Ph.D., University of Utah, 1980. The application and development of high-throughput methods for the identification of genes involved in human behavior and learning.

  • Sally Wadsworth
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1994. Genetic and environmental influences on development of learning disabilities and academic achievement.

  • Deqing Wu
    Ph.D., Peking University, 1995. Statistical and genetic analysis on aging in C. elegans.

  • Susan Young
    Ph.D., University of Colorado, 1998. Genetic and environmental factors underlying the development of conduct disorder, ADHD and substance use problems; links between executive cognitive function and developmental psychopathology.

  • Joanna Zeiger
    Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2001. Genetic and environmental factors, particularly gene-environment interaction, that increase risk to common diseases.
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