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The Neurobiology of Addiction Research Center

The Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory (SEELAB)

Seelab Staff

Research Fellows

Carmela Reichel, Ph.D.

Carmela rece
ived a B.A. (2002) in Psychology and M.A. (2005) in Experimental Psychology from California State University, San Bernardino.  She then went on to receive her Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2008) before joining the See Lab, where she is currently a Research Assistant Professor.  When she is not working in the lab, she is thinking about the lab.  And, as time permits she enjoys walking her dogs, going to the gym, and writing.

Luyi Zhou, Ph.D.

Luyi (Lily) received her B.A. in Biotechnology (2003) from East China Normal University in Shanghai, before she went to NYC to pursue Ph.D. studies in Biology (2009) at City University of New York.  She joined the See lab for post-doc training after graduation and is leading much of the research on sex differences in cocaine addiction.  She enjoys food and movies while not in the lab.  She lives happily with her husband, who is also a post-doc at MUSC, in West Ashley.

Margaret Gill, Ph.D.

Maggie received her BA (2005) in Psychology from Luther College in Decorah, IA.  She then went on to receive her Ph.D. from Kansas State University (2010) before joining the See lab.  When Maggie is not in the lab she enjoys running, biking and spending time with her goldendoodle, Ollie.

Graduate Students

Aram Parsegian

Aram is a fifth-year graduate student pursuing his PhD in Neurosciences.  He grew up in Washington DC, received his B.Sc. in Psychology from Bates College in Lewiston, ME, in 2004, and spent three years working in Dr. William Carlezon’s Behavioral Genetics Laboratory at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA. Aram’s current research is focused on the effects of chronic methamphetamine self-administration on executive function, drug seeking, and neuronal function in the dorsal medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens.

Brittney Cox

Brittney is a third year student who was born in Detroit, MI and received her B.S. from Michigan State University in 2009. After graduating, she spent a year working in the behavioral pharmacology lab of Dr. Shane Perrine at Wayne State University.  Brittney’s current research is focused on investigating the specific cognitive deficits that occur after methamphetamine self-administration.  Outside the lab, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her dog, Oliver.

Amy Young
Amy Young is a third year graduate student originating from Charlotte, NC.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Appalachian State University. Amy went on to receive her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.  She then returned back to NC and worked in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Wake Forest University.  Amy also worked as a research technician in the Department of Biology at UNC-Charlotte before moving to Charleston.  As a second year graduate student, she is excited with her research focused on the role of oxytocin in cocaine addiction and relapse.  She enjoys working in the lab, hanging out at Folly Beach, and spending time with her kitten Frosty.

Research Specialists

Shannon Ghee
B.S. in Small Animal Science

Shannon was born in Philadelphia, PA.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Small Animal Science from Delaware Valley College in PA.  She moved to Charleston seven years ago and is currently a Research Specialist II.  She lives in West Ashley with her two dogs and her bird, Spice.

Andrew Novak
B.S. in Psychology

Andrew was born in Glendale, CA.  He lived all over the country including NJ, VA, MN, NC, TN, and SC.  He has a strong passion for playing soccer, and at his peak, competed at the international level for several years. He has a BA in Sociology, a BS in Psychology and a Minor in Biology from UNC-Charlotte.  Andrew have worked at MUSC's CDAP conducting addiction research with rodents for five years before transferring to the See lab, where he works as a Research Specialist I.

Jennifer Hergatt
B.S. in Animal Sciences, Clemson University

Research Specialist I

Kyle Brown
B.A. in Psychology, College of Charleston
Research Specialist I

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