Paul J. Meyer, Ph.D. // Assistant Professor // Curriculum Vitae
Dr. Meyer is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and received his B.S. in Psychology as a Natural Science from the University of Michigan. After working with Drs. Harriet de Wit and Andrea King at the University of Chicago, he received his Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience under the mentorship of Dr. Tamara J. Phillips at Oregon Health & Science University. He had two post-doctoral fellowships, with Drs. Michael Morgan and Susie Ingram at Washington State University, and with Drs. Wayne Aldridge and Terry Robinson at the University of Michigan. He has been an Assistant Professor at the University at Buffalo since 2012. While he is well-known for his waterskiing abilities, lately he enjoys spending his free time with his family.
Chris King // Graduate Student
Chris is from Grand Island, NY, which is the largest land-locked island in western New York. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology with Highest Distinction from the University at Buffalo (UB) in 2011. Before matriculating into UB’s Behavioral Neuroscience doctoral program, Chris fell in love with research while working with Dr. Alexis Thompson at the Research Institute on Addictions. In the Meyerlab, he is currently working on projects involving cocaine and nicotine self-administration in outbred and genetically modified rats.
Jordan Tripi // Graduate Student
Jordan is from Grand Island, NY. She received her B.S. in Biology and Psychology at Canisius College in 2013. Since joining the Meyer lab, Jordan has been involved in several ongoing projects including an investigation of the relationship between cocaine-induced ultrasonic vocalizations and individual cue responsivity in a Pavlovian Conditioned Approach paradigm.
Hailley Pearson // Graduate Student
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Kyle Z. Pasquariello // Graduate Student
Kyle graduated Clarkson University with a double Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Biology. He worked in a laboratory of Social Health and Development Psychology studying peer relationships and the influences of social pain and pain memories on self-control and indirect aggression. Kyle is currently a Master’s student in Psychology at the University at Buffalo expecting to graduate in May 2017. He is currently interested in the effects of drug use on the neuroplasticity of the brain.
Greg Loney, Ph.D. // Postdoctoral Researcher
Dr. Loney’s research interests are focused on disentangling the neurophysiological mechanisms of dysregulated intake with a heavy focus on complex behavioral paradigms. Specifically, he is interested in the dynamic interplay between the reinforcing and aversive sensory properties of both drugs of abuse and food and, ultimately, how changes in the salience of these reinforcing and aversive properties may lead to the disinhibition of unregulated consumption. He is currently examining the pharmacological and behavioral impact of nicotine on alcohol-associated appetitive and consummatory cues, including, but not limited to, how exposure may change the palatability of the taste of alcohol. His previous training at Florida State University was concentrated on the psychophysical and neural analyses of taste perception and how changes in perception lead to differences in diet choice.
Alex Lamparelli // Research Technician
Garrett Sheehan // Undergraduate Student
Former Lab Members
Nathaniel Roberson // Research Technician
Nathaniel is from Buffalo, NY and graduated from Williamsville South HS in 2012. He graduated from the University at Buffalo with a major in Biomedical Science and a minor in Pharmacology and Toxicology in the Spring of 2016. Nathaniel now attends medical school at the University of Cincinnati.
Cassi Versaggi // Research Technician
Cassi is from Big Bear, CA, and worked in the Meyerlab from 2013-2015. She now works at Roswell Park Research Center in Buffalo, NY
Melanie Glover // Undergraduate Student
Melanie is from Columbus, Ohio and graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s Academy (Kenmore, NY) in 2013. She is an undergraduate at The University at Buffalo studying biological sciences. Melanie plans to graduate Spring of 2017 and further her education in the field of veterinary medicine.
Alexander Bartnik // Undergraduate Student
Sabrina Swenson // Undergraduate Student
James Adegbite // Undergraduate Student
Craig Ashcroft // Undergraduate Student
Gloria Wong // Undergraduate Student