Health & Behavioral Neuroscience
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.
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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.
Matthew Ford, B.S.
Post-Baccalaureate Volunteer, Joined 2020
Matt graduated from Kent State University with a B.S. in Psychology in 2020, and his research interests primarily focus on genetic predispositions/biological behaviors associated with depressive disorders. Matt's goal in the lab is to seek clarity in pursuing either Behavioral Neuroscience or Clinical Psychology in possible future graduate school endeavors; as well as to help with current projects occurring in the lab.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Is second author on a publication just accepted to Annals of Human Genetics