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Lab Members

Principal Investigator


Linda Spear, PhD






Graduate Students

MelissaMelissa Morales, MS

I am currently investigating developmental differences for the involvement of the NMDA and GABA neurotransmitter systems in ethanol-induced social inhibition. Previously my research has focused on acute and chronic tolerance development to ethanol-induced social inhibition, as well as investigating the aversive and reinforcing properties of ethanol using the conditioned place preference paradigm. 




JesJes Sweatt, BS

I am interested in developmental differences in heart rate variability. Specifically, I am investigating possible age differences in the effects of stress and alcohol on parameters of heart rate variability in adult and adolescent rats.




Carol DannenhofferCarol Dannenhoffer, BA






Alexander MccloryAlexander Mcclory



Affiliated Research Faculty

lenaElena Varlinskaya, PhD

Laboratory Website


Laboratory Technicians
and Support Staff

LyndaLynda Ruffini, LVT-RVT; lab technician






JudyJudy Sharp, MT, ASCP; lab technician






SuzanneSuzanne Rodriguez, Administrative Assistant to Dr. Spear






Undergraduate Research Assistants

Linda Spears Lab Spring 2012


(Top Row) Melissa Morales, Kelly McCabe, Jessica Sweatt, Dr. Linda Spear, Rachel Anderson
(Bottom Row) Amanda Willey, Lauren Benz, Dr. Elena Varlinskaya, Lee Na Chan, Tom Engels (senior), Peter Bush (senior), Maggie Broadwater, Ging Hoang (senior), Andrew Eng (senior), and Kelcie Shatz




(Third Row) Dr. Linda Spear, Melissa Morales, Maggie Broadwater, Jes Sweatt, Courtney Vetter-O'Hagen, Lynda Ruffini (Second Row) Samantha Wenta, Rita Mogilanski, Kelcie Schatz, Peter Bush, Ging Hoang, Dr. Elena Varlinskaya (First Row) Zach Snide, Steven Stavrou, Abigail Agoglia, Rachel Anderson, Amanda Willey
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Last Updated: 1/24/14