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Anna Radke, PhD

2006          BA in Biology, St. Olaf College

2011          PhD in Neuroscience, University of Minnesota

2012          Postdoctoral fellowship, University of Minnesota

2016          Postdoctoral fellowship, NIAAA


I have considerable experience in rodent measures of behavior, with a specific focus on motivational brain systems. I am interested in how changes in these systems lead to maladaptive behaviors such as uncontrollable drug seeking. Additionally, I have a strong interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in research. At home, I stay busy teaching and mentoring two small human beings and experimenting with photography and gardening.

Elizabeth Sneddon, MA
Graduate Student

Education: BA in Psychology & Sociology, University of New Mexico

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Research interests: My interest is in brain systems which control our behavior and how substance abuse can alter these brain systems and the neural networks associated with behavior. I’m especially interested in the neuroplasticity of alcohol addiction.

Awards: SfN Trainee Professional Development Award 2018 & 2021, RSA Student Merit Travel Award 2019, MPA Graduate Student Research Award 2020, RSA Outstanding Paper by an Early Career Investigator Award

Funding: NIH F99/K00 DSPAN Award

Publications: Sneddon et al. 2019, Radke et al. 2020, Sneddon et al. 2020, Sneddon et al. 2021a, Sneddon et al., 2021b, Radke et al., 2021a, Radke et al. 2021b

Fun fact: My sophomore year of college I was offered a position as an audio engineer for the on-tour Broadway show Chicago.

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Sean Monroe, MA
Graduate Students

Education: B.S. Neuroscience and Substance Misuse & Addiction, The Ohio State University

Hometown: Vienna, WV

Research interests:  I am interested in the neural structures and pathways involved in drug addiction, with an emphasis on opioids. In particular, I am interested in how these areas play a role in chronic drug use in the face of punishment, as well as relapse.

Awards: International Behavioral Neuroscience Society Travel Award 2021

Publications: Monroe and Radke 2021, Radke et al. 2021

Fun fact: If I were not pursuing a scientific career, I would probably own a bakery.


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Thomas Perry, BA
Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant

Education: B.A. Neuroscience, Colorado College

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

Research interests:  I am interested in all things neuroscience but am still finding my focus. Right now I am interested in systems in the brain that allow us to represent and understand our own feelings and the feelings of others. In the RAD Lab, I hope to investigate the role of these systems in the cycle of addiction. 

Fun fact:  I love to ferment. My favorite thing to make is fermented hot sauce but I also make my own yogurt, sourdough bread, and sauerkraut. 




Brandon Arnold, Psychology 2022​
Undergraduate Summer Scholar 2019, Undergraduate Research Award recipient Spring 2020, PSAAA winner, Dean's Scholar, Fulbright Scholar
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Cambria Beane, Psychology and Neuroscience 2024
Doctoral-Undergraduate Scholarship recipient 2022
Kaila Fennell
Biochemistry 2022
Undergraduate Summer Scholar 2021
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Brianna Masters, Biology and Neuroscience 2022
Undergraduate Research Award Fall 2020, Undergraduate Summer Scholar 2021
Marissa Howard, Psychology and Neuroscience 2022
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Natalie Shand, Psychology & Neuroscience 2023
Undergraduate Research Award recipient Spring 2022
Chloe Thach, Biology and Neuroscience 2024
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Vasudha Sarvagya, Psychology and Neuroscience 2022


Robert White, 2017
Bridget Dames, 2017, pursuing an MD at Wright State University
Colleen Foley, 2018
Austin Nader*, 2019, pursuing a PsyD at University of Indianapolis
Jack Frankel*, 2019
Josh Setters, 2019, currently at Lock 27 Brewing
Olivia Ramsey†*, 2019, pursuing an MD at University of Louisville
Kristen Schuh†*^2020, pursuing a PhD at University of Michigan
Annemarie Thomas*^, 2021
Roshika Bhattarai, 2021
Lindsay Gibb, 2021
Jenelle DeMedio*, 2021
Lindsay Rasizer*, 2021
Audrey King*, 2021
Marissa Muench, 2021, research technician at University of Tennessee

*Undergraduate Research Award Recipient
^Undergraduate Summer Scholar
†Dean's Scholar​​
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