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Jacqueline is working towards an Associates Degree in Social Science with an anticipated completion of December 2018. She will then pursue her Bachelor's Degree. 

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.

Devin Evans

Virginia Commonwealth University Undergraduate
VCU IMSD Program

Devin is working towards his Bachelor of Science in Biology

Outside of the lab, Devin enjoys cardio at the gym, reading books and comics, hanging with friends and family, travel, and performing cursive calligraphy.

Jacqueline Ninkundiye

Thomas Nelson Community College Associates Program
Virginia Commonwealth University Bridges to Baccalaureate Research Program
Deepika Mukhara
Thomas Jefferson H.S. for Science and Technology 2014
VCU Bachelors of Science Program
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018

Deepika is an Undergraduate Biology and Psychology Major, with a minor in Chemistry and Philosophy at Virginia Commonwealth University. 

She is currently working to understand sexual dimorphism in stress responses. In the future, she is interested in identifying the role stress plays in the development of depression in individuals with and without a genetic propensity for the disorder. She hopes to further research the relationship between depressive disorder and fight or flight response. 

Outside of work, Deepika enjoys writing poetry, watching Ted talks, working out, and psych thrillers.

Anum is an undergraduate student studying biology at Virginia Commonwealth University.


She is interested in studying the different effects that stress plays on the body, both physiologically and psychologically. In the lab, she hopes to see how certain stresses effect lab rats.


Her personal interests include drawing, painting, reading, and going on spontaneous adventures.

Charlie Salome-Sanchez
VCU Bachelors of Science Program
B.S., Virginia Commonwealth University, 2018

Charlie an undergraduate student studying Biology at Virginia Commonwealth University graduating in May of 2018.  


He is interested in learning how stress effects the neurological activities of the brain.


In his free time, Charlie  enjoys running, spending time with friends, listening to music, and outdoor activities.

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 2019

Paul is a laboratory technician and assists the lab in all benchtop research and engineering applications. His current research involves investigating the effect of stress and HIV on estrogen and progesterone receptor expression. 


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

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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