The Kentner ENRICHED Laboratory

[Environmental Neuroprotection from Immune Challenges in Early Development]

Collaborators
Some of the lovely people from home, and far away places, that we work with...

Mattia Migliore is an Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the School of Pharmacy at MCPHS University. Her research focus is on neurodegenerative diseases and the mechanisms which may underlie the slowing or complete cessation of disease progression.  In particular her investigations center on the role of the cerebellum in balance and coordinated movements in Parkinson’s disease and autism spectrum disorder. 
 
Susie Brummelte's research focuses on the effects of early adverse life experience on brain development and the subsequent behavioral and neuroanatomical changes in both males and females. She is particularly interested in the consequences of exposure to depression, stress or glucocorticoids during pregnancy or the postpartum period and how this affects brain neurochemistry and stress responsivity later in life. Further, her lab studies the effects of early pain exposure as well as medications such as anti-depressants on brain development using rats as the animal model of choice. The research addresses important questions on how exposure to early adverse conditions such as pharmacological treatments can influence the maturation of the nervous system and the long-term outcome of the offspring.

Dr. Debra Bangasser

Debra Bangasser is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience Program at Temple University and the Associate Director of the Master’s Program in Neuroscience: Systems, Behavior, and Plasticity. She received her doctorate in Biopsychology and Behavioral Neuroscience from Rutgers University, where she worked with Dr. Tracey Shors investigating the neuroanatomy underlying sex differences in the effects of stress on learning. Dr. Bangasser completed postdoctoral research in the laboratory of Dr. Rita Valentino at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she researched sex differences in corticotropin releasing factor receptor structure and function as a mechanism underlying sex differences in vulnerability to psychiatric disorders. Her current research program examines the neurobiological basis of sex differences in stress regulation of attention, learning, and anxiety.

Dr. Richard Hunter

Richard Hunter is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His work   has focused on gene environment interactions in the brain in animal models of human neuropsychiatric disorders, and most recently includes substantial work with multiple NGS methods and large gene expression data sets.

Dr. Nafissa Ismail
Nafissa Ismail is an Assistant Professor at the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests relate to neuroimmunology, neuroendocrinology and critical periods of development.

Contact Information

School of Arts & Sciences
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston Massachusetts
02115

email: amanda.kentner@mcphs.edu
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