I am an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology at Washington University in St. Louis (WashU), the Department of Pharmaceutical and Administrative Sciences at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP), and the Center for Clinical Pharmacology at STLCOP and WashU School of Medicine.
I started my path here by completing undergraduate degrees (in Biology and Psychology) and a Masters of Public Health Policy and Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
From there I did my PhD in Neurosciences at WashU with Michael Bruchas. The two main focuses of my research in the Bruchas lab was on the neural circuitry responsible for the anxiolytic effects of beta-blockers and in pioneering new wireless technology to manipulate neural circuitry, the latter in close collaboration with John Rogers group of amazing materials scientists and engineers. I stayed at WashU as postdoctoral research associate with Rob Gereau studying pain neurophysiology and developing new approaches to behavioral analysis.
My plan is to lead a multidisciplinary research program aimed at understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the emotional distress associated with stress, chronic pain, and addiction. The long-term goal of the laboratory is to take basic, circuit-level neuroscience research and actively apply these findings to advance therapeutic options for patients. In large part, this goal will be achieved through the development of new neural interfacing technologies through collaborative efforts with materials scientists, chemical and electrical engineers, mathematicians, computer scientists, and clinicians.
I do my best to carve out free time with my family and try to reduce my BMI (though I know that’s a flawed metric).
THE TEAM (in order of appearance)
Most of these fine people also work as part of the Al-Hasani lab, which will one day have its own website (probably).
Gray Gereau, BA - Research Technician I
My research interests involve the influence of gut microbiota on stress, pain, and drug abuse. In my free time I enjoy biking as well as playing disc golf and video games.
Marie Walicki, BS - Research Technician I
I’m a recent graduate of Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics from Wash U and a past lab member of the Bruchas Lab at WUSM. I am interested in the underlying neural mechanisms associated with anxiety, stress, and addiction. Ultimately, I wish to be involved in the meshing of engineering new technology with neuroscience to create novel techniques to help make a knowledgeable push toward clinical therapeutics.
I spend my down time hiking local St. Louis trails, losing weekly trivia, and watching the food network
Makenzie Norris - BP-ENDURE SUmmer Student
Makenzie is back at Purdue 🚂🚂🚂 for the school year, but we'll see her next summer! 🤞
I am a rising senior at Purdue University studying neurobiology and physiology. Most of my research experience is centered around reward pathways in the brain and how those pathways contribute to model behaviors. Outside of science, I enjoy playing softball for Purdue's club team and cheering on our basketball teams, BOILER UP! 🚂🚂🚂
Sydney O'Neal, BS - Office of genomics research: Extensive Study Scholar
I am a recent graduate with a BS in Neuroscience from Tulane University and am mostly interested in the mechanisms behind anxiety, depression, and other affective disorders. During my free time I enjoy creative writing and traveling!
Gavin Schmitz, BA,BFA - Research Technician I
I recently graduated from Wash U with both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts. Through research into the mechanisms of affective behaviors, I hope to identify potential treatments for drug abuse, depression, and stress disorders. As a practicing artist, I spend most of my time outside of lab painting and drawing. I am also an avid Trekkie and Taco Bell connoisseur.
Caroline Minn - Undergraduate Researcher
I’m a third year student at St. Louis College of Pharmacy, and I’m very interested in studying how neural mechanisms are correlated with addiction, drug abuse, and other chronic disorders. During my free time, I love to do yoga and kickboxing, watch movies, and play with my puppy.
Jianna Footman - Undergraduate Researcher
I am a current Junior at WashU studying Biochemistry and minoring in Healthcare Management and Spanish. Through research, I hope to hone my scientific thinking skills and apply my coursework as it pertains to neural mechanisms and emotional dysregulation. In my free time I like to workout and watch reruns of 'The Office'.
Ross Meaden - Undergraduate Researcher
I am a senior at Washington University in St. Louis studying Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology (PNP) and Healthcare Management. Up to this point, I have mostly worked on differentiating neural mechanisms connected to anxiety and pain response. Out of the lab I love eating all things not green (what am I, a rabbit), finding every INSERT DOG BREED HERE Overload page on Facebook, and watching as many doctor dramas as I can sit through (hint, it's a large number).
Alex buckley - Undergraduate Researcher
I am a junior at Wash U studying neuroscience and computer science. My previous research experiences have focused on the pathology of Alzheimer’s disease, but I have been interested in the neurological processes underlying decision making, addiction, stress, and consciousness for awhile, so I am very excited to be here! Passions of mine include tennis, discovering new music, and Chipotle.
Jenny Kim - Undergraduate Researcher
I’m a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at WashU, and I'm really interested in developing interdisciplinary research techniques to study how physical and emotional data processing intersects within the brain, especially in regards to pain and emotion regulation. Outside of lab, I work as peer counselor for the WashU undergrad community, and when I can, I like to write music and stay up reading!