Lab Members

Graduate Students

Joanna Medina jmedina2@albany.edu

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I am interested in understanding how parity and lactation alter the postpartum female brain. Currently, my research is focused on how maternal hormones like prolactin may mediate hippocampal neurogenesis and alleviate stress-induced depression-like behavior in rats. Before joining Dr. Workman’s lab, I graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Integrative Neuroscience and worked alongside Dr. Wagner to investigate the role of progesterone in mesocortical dopaminergic pathway development.

 


Undergraduate Research Assistants

Sasha Basdeo

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I am currently a sophomore at U Albany with a major in biology and a minor in neuroscience. I joined the Workman lab to gain experience in the field of behavioral neuroscience and to understand how pregnancy can modify our stress responses and stress signaling. I look forward to learning the various research methods and techniques used in this lab and I plan on applying this knowledge when I attend medical school after graduating. Currently, I enjoy watching or reading anything zombie/apocalyptic related.

 

Esteban Ceballos

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I am currently a junior at the University at Albany with a double Major in Psychology and Human Development and a double minor in Neuroscience and Journalism. I joined Dr. Workman’s lab to further develop my interests and understanding in neuroplasticity and neurogenesis and the multiple factors that can influence them. I plan to continue my education and receive a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology.

 

Ashley Centner

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I am a junior at the University at Albany majoring in Biology with minors in Psychology and Neuroscience. My goal is to attend graduate school after my undergraduate years are finished and continue on to receive my Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience. I am excited to be a part of this lab as I believe it will help me perfect my skills that will be needed for future lab research as well as expand my knowledge in this field of Neuroscience.

 

Karen Garcia

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I’m currently a senior at the University at Albany with a major in Biology and minor in Communications. I plan to go to medical school and become an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. I am especially interested in this lab’s work because it allows me to study the effects of postpartum depression on women’s health. I will use this experience in my career as an Ob/Gyn to better address my patient’s needs and therefore, more accurately provide care for them.

 

Beth Trippi

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I am a second semester junior here at the University at Albany with a major in Psychology and a minor in Medical Anthropology. I joined the research team with Professor Workman to learn more about neurogenesis and the impact it can make on the behavior of an individual. I aspire to become an Occupational Therapist and am looking to attend OT school after I receive my Bachelors. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing in University at Albany Dance Council, hanging out with friends, and hiking.

 

Kristen Unger

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I am a sophomore here at SUNY Albany. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in neuroscience. I have never worked in a research lab before but I am excited to get started! I joined this lab with the hopes of growing my knowledge, experience, and skills in a field like this. I also hope this opportunity will help me to explore and consider my different options for future use of my college degree. I am hopeful that this lab will be a great learning experience and a way to really get into applying my classroom knowledge in a meaningful way.