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Director
Dr. Jefferson Kinney

Jefferson W. Kinney Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology, UNLV

Contact Dr. Kinney: Jefferson.Kinney@unlv.edu


Dr. Kinney earned his Ph.D. in 2000 from Colorado State University. He was then awarded an Intramural Research Training Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health working in the Section of Behavioral Genetics directed by Dr. Jacqueline Crawley. Research topics in the laboratory focused on both behavioral pharmacology projects as well as extensive behavioral phenotyping of several transgenic mouse models. In October of 2002 Dr. Kinney was awarded the Helen Dorris Fellowship in schizophrenia research in the Department of Neuropharmacology at The Scripps Research Institute in the laboratory of Dr. Tamas Bartfai. Research projects in the laboratory focused on the cellular and molecular alterations in not only schizophrenia but also several other neurological disorders. In August of 2007 Dr. Kinney joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

 

Graduate Students
Chelcie Heaney

Chelcie Heaney, M.A.

Chelcie received her B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Boston University in 2007 and joined the Experimental Psychology program with an emphasis in Neuroscience in the fall of 2009. She earned her M.A.from the program in the spring of 2012. She is primarily interested in mechanisms of learning and memory, as well as drugs and behavior.

Contact Chelcie: Chelcie.Heaney@unlv.edu

Monica Bolton

Monica Bolton, M.A.

Monica graduated from UNLV with a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine and a B.A. in Psychology. She started the Experimental Psychology program in the fall of 2010 with an emphasis in Neuroscience. She earned her M.A. from the program in the spring of 2013. Her research focuses on neurodevelopmental animal models of schizophrenia.

Contact Monica: Monica.Bolton@unlv.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Andrew Murtishaw

Andrew Murtishaw, B.A.

Andrew graduated from UNLV with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Biology. He started the Experimental Psychology program in the fall of 2011 with an emphasis in Neuroscience. His research interests include elucidating how certain risk factors, primarily diabetes mellitus and neuroinflammation, contribute to Alzheimer's disease.

Contact Andrew: Andrew.Murtishaw@unlv.edu


Lab Personnel

Fall 2013

Fall2013

Lab members, from left to right: (Back) Lisa Bosely, Krystal Belmonte, Stephanie Nagl, Andrew Murtishaw, Kimberly Temple, Patrick Hagins
(Middle) Kavosh Rouhani, Ernesto Bedoy, Dr. Kinney, John Avant, Kirsten Calvin, Michael Langhardt, Jillian Christian, Monica Bolton, Chelcie Heaney (Front) Geoff Powell

Not Pictured: Tory Toles

Head Research Assistant

Michael LanghardtMichael Langhardt

Michael is a senior undergraduate student pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology. He is the recipient of a 2013 McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute scholarship. After graduating, Michael intends to obtain his Ph.D. in neuroscience. His research interests include animal models of neuropsychiatric dysfunction.

Contact Michael: langhar2@unlv.nevada.edu

Current Research Assistants

Stephanie NaglStephanie Nagl graduated from UNLV in the Spring of 2013 with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research interests include hippocampal learning and memory and adult neurogenesis. She plans on attending graduate school.

 

 

 

Krystal BelmonteKrystal Belmonte is a senior undergraduate at UNLV pursuing a degree in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and minoring in Mathematics. She is the recipient of a 2013 McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute scholarship, as well as a 2013 NIH INBRE UROP scholarship. After graduating, Krystal intends to obtain her PhD in neuroscience. Her research interests include neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer's disease.

Jillian ChristianJillian Christian is a senior undergraduate at UNLV pursuing a degree in Psychology and pre-professional Biology. She plans to attend medical school after graduating, and her interests include neurology and trauma medicine.

Tory Toles

Tory Toles graduated from UNLV with a B.S. in pre-professional Biology in Spring 2013. She intends to attend medical school and is interested in neurology and the nervous system.

Ernesto BedoyErnesto Bedoy is currently an undergraduate at UNLV studying Psychology and Biology. After graduating, he plans to earn a Ph.D. in computational neuroscience. His research interests include brain-computer interfaces.

Kirsten CalvinKirsten Calvin is a post-baccalaureate student completing a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine. She hopes to obtain an M.D./Ph.D. and pursue a career in neurological sciences. Her research interests include improving the translation of animal models to facilitate the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.

Patrick HaginsPatrick Hagins is a senior undergraduate at UNLV pursuing a B.A. in Psychology. After completing his degree, he intends to pursue a graduate degree and career in neuroscience. His research interests include learning and memory and the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders.

Geoff PowellGeoff Powell is a senior undergraduate at UNLV pursuing a major in Biology and a minor in Psychology. He had previously worked in labs for tissue, eye, organ, and blood banks for over a decade, but has since moved on to focus on academics and research full-time. His goal after graduation is to obtain a Ph.D. in neuroscience/biomedical engineering.

 


Previous Lab Members

Previous Graduate Students

Jon Sabbagh

Jonathan Sabbagh, B.S.

Jonathan entered the Experimental program in 2007 with a B.S. in Neuroscience from Tulane University. His research interests include elucidating mechanistic features of Alzheimer's disease. Jon graduated in the spring of 2013 and is currently a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Molecular Medicine USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute.

Previous Head Research Assistants

Christy Magcalas

Christy Magcalas, B.A.

Christy graduated from UNLV in 2012 and is currently a graduate student at the University of New Mexico. She was a recipient of a McNair Scholars Summer Research Institute scholarship.

Contact Christy: magcala4@unm.edu

Previous Research Assistants

Nathan Van Arsdale, Micah Nicole King, Cris Neblina, Erik Ringdahl, Farhood Forooghi, Tara Farah, Kara Thompson, Sarah Tomlinson, Tiffany Ambrose, Davina Shebah, Eddie Kresyman, Nadia Ayala, Alexander Gill, Cheng Yang, Maxym Myroshnychenko, Raisa Hinck, Elyse Safko, Kyle Dayton, Bradley Davey, Sahar Azim, Isaac Santa Ana, Jennifer Ure, Dale Golding, Charmaine Loja, Lea Estefanos, Liz Wright, Stephanie Olson, Megan Buckley, Brian Trinh, Kelsey Wakuzawa, Christopher Paragnan, Christy Magcalas, Rana Khanbolo, Jesus Mendez, Kimberly Maribbay, Arianna Rodriguez, Christopher Kaplon, Lori McFadden, Lisa Bosely, John Avant, Kimberly Temple, Kavosh Rouhani

 

Previous Lab Photos

Spring 2013Spring 2013
Lab members from left to right:
(Front) Chelcie Heaney, Kimberly Temple, Krystal Belmonte, Stephanie Nagl, Monica Bolton (Back) Michael Langhardt, Andrew Murtishaw, Tory Toles, Christopher Kaplon, Dr. Jefferson Kinney (Not pictured: Arianna Rodriguez, Kimberly Maribbay, John Avant, Jillian Christian)

Fall 2012Fall 2012
Lab members from left to right:
(Front) Jonathan Sabbagh, Michael Langhardt, Jesus Mendez, John Avant, Andrew Murtishaw (Back) Kimberly Maribbay, Jillian Christian, Stephanie Nagl, Rana Khanbolo, Chelcie Heaney, and Monica Bolton (not pictured: Arianna Rodriguez)
Spring 2012Spring 2012
Lab members from left to right:

(Front) Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Jonathan Sabbagh, Christopher Paragnan, Stephanie Olson, Megan Buckley, Monica Bolton, Andrew Murtishaw, Chelcie Heaney (Back) Kimberly Maribbay, Liz Wright, Rana Khanbolo, Kelsey Wakuzawa, Arianna Rodriguez, Brian Trinh, and Christy Magcalas
Spring 2011 Spring 2011
Lab members from left to right:
(Front) Dale Golding, Liz Wright, Stephanie Olson, Monica Bolton, Jonathan Sabbagh, Chelcie Heaney, Andrew Murtishaw (Back) Isaac Santa Ana, Sahar Azim, Jennifer Ure, Kyle Dayton, Kimberly Maribbay, Charmaine Loja, Rana Khanbolo (not pictured: Lea Estefanos and Bradley Davey)
Fall 2010Fall 2010
Lab members from left to right:
(Front) Jennifer Ure, Elyse Safko, Sahar Azim, Raisa Hinck (Back) Jonathan Sabbagh, Chelcie Heaney, Monica Bolton, Andrew Murtishaw, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Isaac Santa Ana (not pictured: Arianna Rodriguez and Maxym Myroshnychenko)
Spring 2009Spring 2009
Lab members from left to right:
(Front) Kara Thompson, Tara Farah, Tiffany Ambrose, Isaac Santa Ana, (Back) Chelcie Heaney, Andrew Murtishaw, Dr. Jefferson Kinney, Monica Bolton, Jonathan Sabbagh
Fall 2008Fall 2008
Lab members from left to right:
Kara Thompson, Tara Farah, Tiffany Ambrose, Monica Bolton, Cris Neblina, Jonathan Sabbagh, Farhood Forooghi, Erik Ringdahl, Isaac Santa Ana