Gilman Lab

Health & Behavioral Neuroscience

Land Acknowledgement
Adapted from Kent State's School of Theatre and Dance

The traditional people this land belongs to include the Nations of the Delaware, Miami, Mingo, Ottawa, Shawnee, Wyandot and Cayuga. This land acknowledgement pays respect to the traditions, ancestors, and contemporary cultural and spiritual practices of Indigenous Americans. Please take a moment to consider the legacies of violence and displacement that have removed Indigenous Americans from their land.  The Gilman Lab recognizes that our work takes place on this land that was forcibly and unlawfully taken from these Indigenous Nations.

Research in the Gilman lab is focused on bridging gaps in knowledge about how consuming unhealthy diets, or experiencing other forms of environmental stress, feed forward to promote maladaptive behavioral changes.  Such behavioral shifts include persistent consumption of unhealthy diet, inappropriate responses to stressors, or both, frequently culminating in psychiatric diseases (e.g., depression, anxiety) that are comorbid with metabolic or cardiovascular diseases.  Specifically, we are investigating how diet- and stress-related neuroactive hormones (e.g., insulin, corticosterone) modulate dopaminergic signaling to initiate and perpetuate this feed-forward pathophysiology that can dramatically impact behavior.

The Gilman Lab advocates for inclusivity, diversity, equity, and  accessibility (IDEA) in neuroscience.  We recognize that IDEA are crucial to the success and advancement of neuroscience, and science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) fields more broadly.  In addition to educating ourselves and continually working to improve IDEA of/in our lab, Dr. Gilman engages in collaborative research to promote IDEA practices in STEAM, and to increase retention of people with historically excluded and minoritized identities in STEAM fields.


People are the most important lab resource.  Meet our essential lab members. 

We are accepting applications for one graduate student slot for the Fall 2023 semester. 
Applications are due 1 Dec 2022. 
Follow the instructions on this website to submit your application 

Our lab does NOT consider GRE scores. 
If you have questions, email us - but do NOT email your application (use the link above to submit applications)!

Applying to Grad School?  Apply to our lab!

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Gilman Lab
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

In the Gilman Lab, we actively work to perpetuate a welcoming, comfortable, and accepting work environment for individuals of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, all cultures and religions, all gender and sexual identities, and all financial and academic backgrounds.  We recognize that everyone has had to learn things - no one is born knowing neuroscience or lab techniques.  We require that all lab members are treated with respect, and are met where they are in their learning path.  Our desire is that every lab member can be their genuine selves in lab, as much as they feel comfortable doing so.  We work to actively educate ourselves about historical and present biases, prejudices, inequities, and abuse against marginalized, oppressed, and minoritized groups through regular lab meeting discussions.  In doing so, we have encountered many excellent resources, and gladly share those here.

Jasmin Beaver​, M.A.

Graduate Student, Joined 2019

Jasmin graduated from Kent State University with a B.S in Psychology and a minor in Biological Sciences in 2018. Her research interests include the impact of stress and diet on behavior as well as how that may contribute to the development of neuropsychiatric disorders and health-related conditions. She is also interested in the development and improvement of pharmacological treatments for different neuropsychiatric disorders.

Jasmin Beaver, B.S.

Anna Anello


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2020

Anna is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience. Her research interests include studying the impact of external factors on behavior, neuropsychiatric disorders, and how the brain regulates behavior.

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Brady Weber, M.S.

Lab Manager, Joined 2021

Brady graduated from Slippery Rock University and from Kent State University, receiving a B.S. in Neuroscience and a B.S. in Biology, respectively. In 2021, he earned his Master’s degree in Pathology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. His goals include attending medical school and pursuing interests in Surgery, Oncology, Neurology, and Cardiology.


Ella Spalding

Undergraduate Student, Joined 2022

Ella is an undergraduate student studying neuroscience and biochemistry. Her research interests include the overlap between genetics, the environment, and behavior. She is also interested in the interaction between diet, mental health, and neuropsychiatric disorders.


Marissa Nicodemus


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2022

Marissa is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in either cognitive or behavioral neuroscience. Her research interests include the effects of environmental stressors on the brain, particularly the development of neurodegenerative diseases.


Julie Reichert, B.S.

Graduate Student, Joining Fall 2022

Julie graduated from Saint Vincent College with a B.S. in Psychology with a Mental Health concentration and minor in Biological Psychology in 2022. Her main research interests include neurotransmitters and how they are affected by stress and behavior, maladaptive eating and its effects on psychiatric disorders, and the role of the dopaminergic system as it relates to reward. 


T. Lee Gilman, Ph.D.


Principal Investigator

There are two equal goals of the Gilman lab.  One goal is to fill in substantial knowledge gaps regarding how exposure to different diets and stressors influence hormones that interact with neurophysiological processes regulating emotions and behaviors.  The other goal is to culture a supportive, diverse, challenging, and multifaceted research experience for trainees, providing them with a broad range of skills that will serve them in whatever career paths they pursue.  

T. Lee Gilman, Ph.D.
Lab Member Activities & Accomplishments

600 Hilltop Dr.

Dept. of Psychological Sciences

Kent State University

Kent, OH 44242

We are located in Kent Hall, in the Department of Psychological Sciences, at Kent State University. 


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Jasmin Beaver 

Published her FIRST first-author empirical paper in Cells!

Jun 2022