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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.

Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Staff

Sean Monroe, MA
Graduate Student

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.

Kiara Ream, BA
Postbaccalaureate Research Assistant

Education: B.A. Biology, Miami University

Hometown: Lima, OH 

Research interests: I am interested in studying sex differences in behavior, with a new focus on addiction and alcohol drinking.

Fun fact: When I was a kid, my parents had all sorts of animals as pets. Some of the animals included iguanas, parakeets, and a potbellied pig.


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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. 

Publications: Perry et al., preprint

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. 


Roman Zegarelli, BS
Graduate Student

Education: B.S. Psychology, University of Dayton

Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

Research interests: Addiction Research, Alcohol, Sex Differences in Drinking

Fun fact: I play piano and guitar and can juggle four balls. 


Undergraduate Research Assistants

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Cambria Beane, Psychology and Neuroscience 2024
Doctoral-Undergraduate Scholarship recipient 2022
ndergraduate Research Award recipient Spring 2023
Harrison Carvour, Psychology 2024
Undergraduate Summer Scholar 2022
ndergraduate Research Award recipient Spring 2023
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Ezra Eccles
Biology and Premedical Studies 2025

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Yaya Gao, Psychology 2024
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August Ogunnowo, Biology & Neuroscience 2024
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Natalie Shand, Psychology & Neuroscience 2023
Undergraduate Research Award recipient Spring 2022, Dean's Scholarship 2022-2023
Chloe Thach, Biology and Neuroscience 2024
Haynes Scholar
ndergraduate Research Award recipient Spring 2023
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D'Erick Underwood, Psychology 2024


Undergraduate Research Assistants
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
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, pursuing an MD at Burrell College
Marissa Muench, 2021, research technician at University of Tennessee
Brandon Arnold*^, 2022, completing Fulbright Scholarship
Kaila Fennell^, 2022, pursuing an MD at St. Louis University
Brianna Masters*^, 2022, pursuing an MS at Midwestern University
Marissa Howard, 2022
Vasudha Sarvagya, 2022

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