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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 genes, diet, and exposure to environmental stress interact to promote (mal)adaptive behavioral changes.  Such behavioral shifts can include persistent consumption of unhealthy diet, inappropriate responses to stressors, or both, which can contribute to psychiatric disease vulnerability (e.g., depression, anxiety) plus comorbidity with cardiovascular or metabolic diseases.  Specifically, we are investigating how diet- and stress-modulated neuroactive hormones and neuroinflammation,  and genetic differences that influence dopaminergic signaling, can initiate and perpetuate feed-forward pathophysiology that can dramatically impact palatable food consumption, anxiety-related behaviors, and stress responsivity.

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. 

Our first ever lab photos!! 27 Jun 2023

Photo credit: Ida Celliti

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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 also encountered many excellent resources, and gladly share those here.

Jasmin Beaver​, M.A.

PhD Candidate, 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.

Lauren Scrimshaw


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2022

Lauren is an undergraduate student double majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience, with a minor in Biological Sciences. Lauren plans to earn a graduate degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. Lauren's research interests include how neurotransmitters and genes can lead to psychiatric disorders.


Aliyah Ross


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2023

Aliyah is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience. She plans on earning a graduate degree, but she is unsure what field she wants to continue in. Her goal in joining the Gilman Lab is to find a field of psychology that she loves and wants to proceed with her education in.


Anna Crites, B.S., B.A.

Graduate Student, Joined 2023

Anna graduated from Siena Heights University in 2023 with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Biology with a Chemistry minor. Her goals include developing a better understanding of the physiology and etiology of psychiatric disorders in order to improve the diagnosis and treatment methods for individuals.


Grace Sonick, B.S.


Graduate Student, Joined 2023

Grace graduated from Kent State University in 2022 with a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Pre-Medicine. Her research interests include examining how diet can play a role in the development of psychiatric disorders and the reverse, how psychiatric disorders can influence diet.  


Amanda Shafer


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2024

Amanda is an undergraduate student pursuing a dual degree in both Psychology and Neuroscience. She is interested in researching the complex biological and psychological underpinnings of psychiatric disorders. Amanda is interested in pursuing a career that involves clinical psychology, psychiatry, and behavioral neuroscience research, in combination with clinical practice. 


Sydney Anderson


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2024

Sydney is a neuroscience major with a psychology minor.  She is interested in the relationship between nutrition and endocrinology, specifically, how behavior may be influenced. She plans on applying to the graduate program at Kent State.


Bhoomika Patgaonkar


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2024

Bhoomika is an international student at Kent State University who's majoring in Psychology (B.S.) with a minor in Business. Her goal in the Gilman lab is to explore the different fields in psychology and select the one that interests her the most for her future education. 


Elise Simmons


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2024

Elise is a B.S. Psychology and Neuroscience double major. She plans to go to graduate school for Neuroscience. Elise is interested in both neurodegenerative conditions as well as neuropsychology and how certain neurotransmitters' chemical makeup can affect behaviors.


Alex Ogden

Undergraduate Student, Joined 2024

Alex is an undergraduate majoring in neuroscience. Alex’s main research interest is neuropsychopharmacology. He plans to go to graduate school for either clinical psychology or behavioral neuroscience.

Elise Kouris


Undergraduate Student, Joined 2024

Elise is a senior majoring in neuroscience. She is interested in behavioral neuroscience, neuroendocrine functions, and how both interact with neuropharmacology. Elise plans to pursue a Master’s degree in anesthesia.


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.
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Lab Member Activities & Accomplishments

Jasmin Beaver, Ph.D.

Successfully defended her dissertation.
Congrats, Dr. Beaver!!!

Jun 2024


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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