Karla R Kaun, PhD
Karla R Kaun, PhD

Lab Head Associate Professor Dept. Neuroscience 401-863-5825 karla_kaun@brown.edu Office: Rm 362, 185 Meeting St.

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Reza Azanchi
Reza Azanchi

Lab Manager 401-863-5832 reza_azanchi@brown.edu

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Amanda Waterman
Amanda Waterman

Research Assistant Department of Neuroscience I'm investigating localization of dopamine receptors and provide molecular support for lab members. amanda_waterman@brown.edu

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Tariq Brown
Tariq Brown

Graduate Student Neuroscience Graduate Program I'm interested in how alternative splicing of the dopamine 2 receptor affects circuit dynamics during appetitive behavioral responses. tariq_brown@brown.edu

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John Hernandez, PhD
John Hernandez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow Department of Neuroscience I'm looking at the neural circuit mechanisms underlying individual variation in operant responses to volatilized drugs of abuse in Drosophila. john_hernandez@brown.edu

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Rohan Freedman
Rohan Freedman

Undergraduate Student Neuroscience Concentration I'm investigating D2 Receptor expression in the Drosophila brain using an intersectional genetic approach. rohan_freedman@brown.edu

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We are a fun, diverse and scientifically eclectic group of researchers. If you are interested in becoming part of our laboratory, please contact Dr. Kaun!

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Nelson Le
Nelson Le

Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program Student Biomedical Sciences I'm adapting a single fly operant assay for use with optogenetics to understand the behavioral features associated with activation of the brain's reward systems. nelson_le@brown.edu

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Owen Wogmon
Owen Wogmon

Undergraduate Student Neuroscience Concentration I'm investigating cell-type specific localization of dopamine receptors within mushroom body circuitry. owen_wogmon@brown.edu

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Gilad Barnea: Sidney A. Fox and Dorthea Doctors Fox Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Brown University

Sarah Certel: Associate Professor, Division of Biological Science, University of Montana

Carolina Haass-KofflerAssociate Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University

Erica Larschan: Associate Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry, Brown University

John McGeary: Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University

Kate O'Connor-Giles: Provost's Associate Professor of Brain Science, Brown University

Rohan Palmer: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Emory University

Emily Petruccelli: Assistant Professor, Dept. Biology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Kristin Scaplen: Assistant Professor, Dept. Psychology, Bryant University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. Neuroscience, Brown University

Galit Shohat-Ophir: Associate Professor, Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, Bar-Ilan University, Israel

Norma Velazquez-Ulloa: Associate Professor of Biology, Lewis & Clark College

Tara White: Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Social Sciences (Research), Brown University



Natalie D'Silva: Kaun Lab, Dept. Neuroscience 2018-21 (Vascular Research Laboratory, Providence VA Medical Center)

Kristin Scaplen: Kaun Lab, Dept Neuroscience, 2014-20 (Assistant Professor, Dept. Psychology, Bryant University)

Emily Petruccelli: Kaun Lab, Dept Neuroscience, 2016-18 (Assistant Professor, Dept. Biology, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)


Kavin Nunez: PhD Brown University, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Graduate Program, 2016-21, Postdoc with Nagel Lab at NYU.

Jacqueline Howells: PhD Candidate, Brown University, Co-supervised with Dr. Marc Tatar, Pathology Graduate Program, 2019-22

Jamie Catalano: PhD Candidate, Brown University Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology Graduate Program, 2018-21

Katie McCullar: PhD Candidate, Brown University Neuroscience Graduate Program, 2018-21

Nicholas Mei: MSc Brown University Neuroscience Graduate Program, 2014-17 (Software Engineer Allen Institute for Brain Science)

Sarah Salamon: MSc University of Cologne, 2017 (PhD Candidate, University of Cologne)


Yanabah Jaques (Cognitive Neuroscience 2016-18, PREP 2018-19 (Graduate School in Neuroscience, University of California Berkeley)

Nishell Savory: PREP 2016-17 (Graduate Student, Drexel University College of Medicine)


Honors Thesis:

Eve Glenn: Neuroscience, Brown University 2022 (Research Technician, Brown University)

Raffee Wright: Behavior Genetics, Brown University 2021 (University of Edinburgh Graduate School)

Vaishnavi Sankar: Neuroscience, Brown University 2021 (Baylor Medical School)

Sophia Song: Neuroscience, Brown University 2019 (Warren Alpert Medical School, Brown University)

Sydney Gang: Neuroscience, Brown University 2019 (Research Assistant, Dana Farber Institute)

Ryan Cohen: Biology, Brown University 2019 (Software Developer Engineer, Adobe)

Nicolas Ledru: Biology, Brown University 2016 (Medical Scientist Training Program, Washington University)

Rachel Muster: Neuroscience, Brown University 2016 (Medical School, University of California San Francisco)

Independent Study

Mariel Magdits: Neuroscience, Brown University 2021 (MS in Human Nutrition, Columbia University)

Tyler Blackwater: Computational Biology, Brown University 2019

Fahim Mahmud: Neuroscience, Brown University 2018

Karen Gutierrez: Neuroscience, Brown University 2017 (Stanford Medical School)

Gina Chieffallo: CLPS, Brown University 2017

Hayley Bounds: Neuroscience Brown University 2015 (Graduate School in Neuroscience, University of  California Berkeley)

Edward Lee: Biology, Brown University 2014 (Medical School, Loma Linda University)

Summer Students:

Anthony Walley: Neuroscience, Presidential Scholar, Brown University 2020 (Research Assistant, UMass Medical School)

Jack Martin: Biology and Native American and Indigenous Studies, Brown University 2019 (Research Technician, University of New Mexico)

Destinee Semidey: Hunter College 2019 

Breanna Demestichas:  Binghampton University 2019

Jaclyn Dell: University of South Florida, St. Petersburg 2016 (Graduate School in Clinical Psychology, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg)

Samantha Huynh: Brown University 2015

Sophie Yan: Brown University 2015

Alex Chen: New York University 2014 (Graduate School in Neuroscience, University of Michigan)


Edward Anderson: Kaun Lab, Dept Neuroscience, 2017 (University of North Carolina Catalyst for Rare Disease Postdoctoral Research Associate)

Michael Feyder: Biochemist research assistant 2014-17 (Graduate School in Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts Medical School)