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Gretchen N Neigh, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology

B.A., Biology, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA, 1998
Ph.D., Neuroscience, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2004
FIRST Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine, 2005-2007




Postdoctoral Fellow, joined the research group in 2016


Molly's research interests are centered around how different experiences, such as stress, social interactions, or environmental conditions, drive plasticity of the hippocampus.


In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and eating all kinds of food, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. 

Gladys Shaw

B.S., Biology, The College of William & Mary, 2015
M.S., Biology (Neuroscience Concentration), George Mason, 2017
VCU PhD Student

VCU PhD student, matriculated 2017

Gladys is interested in how stress-induced epigenetic alterations impact behavior and the incidence of stress disorders.


When not in the lab, Gladys is a classical violinist and food blogger who enjoys performing, cooking, and finding new and unique places around the city.

Susie Turkson

B.A., Biology, University of Chicago, 2012
M.S., Biomedical Science, EVMS, 2017
VCU MD-PhD Student

VCU MD-PhD student, matriculated 2017

Susie is interested in the role of chronic stress in susceptibility and recovery from neurotrauma.

Susie is an avid baker who enjoys DC comics, spending time with friends and family and experiencing different cultures through food, art and travel.

Samya Dyer

B.S. in Biology and Psychology with Honors 

Virginia Commonwealth University 2015

Samya is a laboratory technician, who is interested in combining her knowledge of biology and psychology with her interest in animal behavior. 


In her free time, she enjoys watching tv, playing with her dog, and hanging out with her family and friends. 

Paul Howell 

B.S. Biomedical Engineering VCU 2015

M.S. Biomedical Engineering VCU expected 2020

Paul is a laboratory technician and assists the lab in all bench-top research and engineering applications. His current research involves investigating the relationship between stress (both immunological, HIV, and psychosocial, PTSD) and glucocorticoid/estrogen receptors. 


Outside of work he is an avid rock-climber and biker, and enjoys hiking, sailing, and generally all things outdoors. 

Charanya Uppalapati

Virginia Commonwealth University Class of 2022

Charanya is an undergraduate student majoring in Biology and Psychology with a minor in Chemistry. She is part of the Guaranteed Admission Program for Medicine and is expected to graduate in May of 2022. 


She is interested in understanding the effects of chronic adolescent stress on the fear learning system. 


In her free time, Charanya enjoys baking, traveling, and running.

Could you see yourself here?


Dr. Neigh's research group is open to considering highly motivated and talented junior scientists to join the team on a rolling basis. Positions available depend on training stage, skill set, and project match.  


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