Ph.D. Students:
    Sonia Bernal
    Giuseppe Cataldo
    Julie Dela Cruz
    Cheryl Dym
    Danielle Malkusz
    Patricia Miner

Undergraduate Students:

    Yana Abayev
    Veronica Bae
    Theo Banakos
    Spiridoula Dimopoulos
    Meri Gerges, Simon Gurgov
    Mike Israel
    Ester Kandova
    Mike Koen
    Tammy Kraft
    Alex Pinhas and
    Rachel Wapniak

Former Ph.D. Students

    Dr. Diana Badillo-Martinez, 1984: Dissertation: Neonatal monosodium glutamate: behavioral characterization of nociceptive and stress response alterations in the rat. Present Position: Staff Neuropsychologist, Danbury Hospital, Danbury, CT.

    Dr. Jeffrey Kordower, 1984: Dissertation: Vasopressin analgesia: specificity of action and nonopioid effects. Present Position: Professor and Head, Center for Brain Repair, Jean Armour-Schweppe Endowed Chair, Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Rush-Presbyterian Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

    Dr. Donald Simone, 1985: Dissertation: Naloxonazine, a high-affinity opiate receptor antagonist: effects upon nociceptive and ingestive processes. Present Position: Professor, Acting Chairman of Department of Oral Science, University of Minnesota Sch. of Med. Minneapolis, MN.

    Dr. Elisse Kramer, 1985: Dissertation: Age-related changes in stress and opiate responses in rats. Present Position: Associate Director of Research, Department of Psychiatry, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, New York, NY.

    Dr. Ellen Sperber, 1986: Dissertation: Cholinergic involvement in pain inhibition. Present Position: Assistant Professor, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY.

    Dr. Pamela Butler, 1986: Dissertation: Neuromodulatory actions of thyrotropin releasing hormone upon stress-induced analgesia. Present Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, New York University Medical Center and Research Scientist, Nathan Kline Psychiatric Institute, NY.

    Dr. Phyllis Mann, 1987: Dissertation: Opioid receptor involvement in food intake and body weight maintenance: role of the mu1 binding site. Present Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, Worcester, MA.

    Dr. Maria-Teresa Romero, 1987: Dissertation: Gender differences in analgesic processes in rats: influence of gonadal and hormonal factors. Present Position: Associate Professor, Dept. of Psychology, State University of New York at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY.

    Dr. Edward Lubin, 1991: Dissertation Topic: Central alloxan treatment: characterization of effects upon opioid and nonopioid analgesia. Present Position: Neurosurgery and Pain management, Gessler Pain Clinic, Florida.

    Dr. Karen Kepler, 1991: Dissertation Topic: Gender differences in central opiate and opioid analgesia. Present Position: Osteopathic Medical Student, NJ.

    Dr. Benjamin Kest, 1991: Dissertation Topic: Endopeptidase 24.15 and antinociception: characterization and specificity of action. Present Position: Associate Professor, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, NY.

    Dr. Dulmanie Arjune, 1992: Dissertation Topic: Free feeding and intake following regulatory challenges in rats: roles of selective opioid receptor subtype antagonists. Present Position: Staff Neuropsychologist, Behavioral Health Associates, Forest Hills, NY.

    Dr. Iwona Beczkowska, 1993: Dissertation Topic: Differential effects of opioid receptor subtype antagonists upon fluid intake of sucrose, saccharin and maltose dextrin solutions in rats. Present Position: Clinical Associate, Purdue Pharmaceutical Company, Norwalk, CT.

    Dr. Grace Rossi, 1993: Dissertation Topic: Supraspinal opiate antinociception: synergy between mesencephalic, pontine and medullary sites in the rat. Present Position: Associate Professor, C.W. Post College, Long Island University and Research Associate, Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York NY.

    Dr. Judith Robertson, 1993: Dissertation Topic: Site-specific modulation of morphine and swim-induced antinociception following thyrotropin-releasing hormone administration in the rat periaqueductal gray. Present Position: Staff Neuropsychologist, Institute for Cognitive Development (ICD), New York, NY.

    Dr. Jacqueline Kiefel, 1994: Dissertation Topic: Mesencephalic morphine antinociception: antagonism by serotonergic and opioid antagonists in the rostral ventral medulla in rats. Present Position: Chief Neuropsychologist, Atlanta, GA.

    Dr. Anita Islam, 1994: Dissertation Topic: Interactive effects of gender, gonadectomy and aging upon opioid analgesia and ingestive behavior in rats. Present Position: Clinical Research Coordinator, Target Health Inc., NY, NY

    Dr. Zoran Wolf Pavlovic, 1997: Dissertation Topic: Functional relationship between the amygdala and periaqueductal gray in the processes of pain and analgesia. Last Known Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, Cornell University College of Medicine, New York, NY.

    Dr. Liza Leventhal, 1998: Dissertation Topic: Antisense mapping of opioid receptor clones: role in ingestive behavior in rats. Present Position: Research Scientist, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Neuroscience Institute, Princeton, NJ.

    Dr. Marcello Spinella, 1999: Dissertation Topic: The role of medullary cholinergic and excitatory amino acid receptors modulating mesencephalic opioid antinociception. Present Position: Associate Professor, Richard Stockton State College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ.

    Dr. André Ragnauth, 2000: Dissertation Topic: Role of the nucleus accumbens in the mediation of opioid-induced feeding in rats. Present Position: Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, Sophie Davis Medical School, City College of New York, New York, NY.

    Dr. Wei-Zhen Yu, 2001: Dissertation Topic: Pharmacology of conditioned flavor preferences in sham-feeding rats: effects of opioid and dopaminergic antagonists. Present Position: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Kingsbrook Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

    Dr. Eliza Krzanowska: 2001: Dissertation Topic: The periaqueductal gray: a site eliciting gender differentiated responses in opioid analgesia. Present Position: Clinical Neuropsychologist, Queens Hospital Medical Center, Kew Gardens, NY.

    Dr. Joyce Echo: 2001: Dissertation Topic: The role of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters upon opioid-induced feeding in the nucleus accumbens and ventral tegmental area in rats. Present Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology, JFK Rehabilitation Institute, Edison, NJ.

    Dr. Robert Silva: 2001: Dissertation Topic: Pharmacological and molecular characterization of endogenous opioid peptide-induced feeding responses in rats. Present Position: Senior Manager, Clinical Development, Dainippon-Sumitomo Pharma.

    Dr. Randi Shane: 2002: Dissertation Topic: Pharmacological and behavioral analysis of nociceptive modulation of rat pre-pro-Orphanin FQ/nociceptin fragments in the amygdala of rats. Present Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY.

    Dr. Maria Hadjimarkou: 2004: Dissertation Topic: Pharmacological, molecular and neuroanatomical analysis of the role of opioid receptor subtypes and genes in regulatory challenges. Present Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Functional Neuroanatomy, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD.

    Dr. Robert Baker: 2004: Dissertation Topic: Pharmacology of the acquisition and expression of flavor preference conditioning to fructose: roles of dopamine and opioid receptors in rats. Present Position: Assistant Professor, Touro College, New York, NY.

    Dr. Sarah Lewis: 2008: Dissertation Topic: Genetic variance in inbred mouse palatable and homeostatic food intake responses. Present Position: Clinical Neuropsychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, Atlanta, GA.

    Dr. Giuseppe (Joe) Cataldo: 2010: Dissertation Topic: Sex differences in systemic and central morphine analgesia in rats: organizational-activational gonadal hormone interactions and roles of gonadal hormone accumulating nuclei. Present Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Rockefeller University.

    Dr. Sonia Bernal: 2010 Dissertation Topic: Fructose-conditioned flavor preferences in the rat: dopaminergic and opioid substrates in the nucleus accumbens and amygdala. Present Postion: Post-Doctoral Fellow in Clinical Neuropsychology, Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI.

Former Post-Doctoral Fellows

    Dr. James Koch (1990-1993):
    Degree: Ph.D., Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. Present Position: Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh.

Former Masters Students

    Dr. Annette Kirchgessner, 1981:
    Thesis: Naloxoazone and pain-inhibitory systems: evidence for a collateral inhibition model. Present Position: Director of Gastrointestinal Research, Glaxo-Wellcome Smith Kline, Harlow, United Kingdom.

    Ms. June Stein, 2001:
    Thesis: Mercaptoacetate-induced feeding: antagonist and antisense characterization of opioid effects. Present Position: Physicians Assistant

    Ms. Jazmin Acosta-Abreau, 2002:
    Present Position: Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience, Arizona State University

Former Undergraduate Students

    Dr. Alfred Mansour, 1979: Honors Project: 2-deoxy-D-glucose-induced decrements in operant and reflex pain thresholds. Last Known Position: Associate Professor, University of Michigan Mental Health Research Institute, Ann Arbor, MI.

    Ms. Virginia Sikorszky, 1983: Present Position: M.S.W. Social Worker, Los Angeles, CA.

    Dr. Thomas Portzline, 1985: Present Position: M.D.

    Dr. Ellen Goldman, 1985: Present Position: M.D., Israel.

    Ms. Genevieve Curreri, 1988: Present Position: NYC Educational System.

    Dr. Michael Glass, 1994: Present Position: Research Associate, Department of Neurobiology, Cornell University College of Medicine, New York, NY.

    Mr. Barry Hahn, 1996: Present Position: State University of New York at Brooklyn Medical School

    Ms. Lesley Stevens, 1997: Present Position: Adelphi University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

    Ms. Malgorazata Moroz, 1998: Present Position: State University of NewYork at Brooklyn Medical School.

    Ms. Aliza Ross, 1998: Present Position: Fordham University Law School.

    Dr. Vladimir Znamensky, 2000: Present Position: Medical Resident, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

    Mr. Garrison Christian, 2000: Present Position: State University of New York at Syracuse Medical School.

    Mr. Daniel Lazar, 2000: Present Position: Middle School Teacher.

    Ms. Jennifer Wolkin, 2001: Present Position: Ph.D. Program in Psychology, Yeshiva University.

    Ms. Henya Grossman, 2002: Present Position: Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience, Rutgers University.

    Mr. Ari Markowitz, 2003: Present Position: MSW Program, Yeshiva University.

    Ms. Eleonora Khaimova, 2004: Present Position: Medical Student, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY.

    Mr. Yuriy Israel, 2005: CUNY SALK Award Winner Present Position: Medical Student, Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

    Mr. Yakov Kandov, 2005: Present Position: Medical Student, SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine.

    Ms. Amreeta Singh, 2005: Present Position: Medical Student, St. George’s University Medical School, Grenada.

    Ms. Karina Medina: 2005: Present Position: Mental Health Counselor, NYC Public School System.

    Ms. Jean Verasammy, 2005: Present Position: Mortuary Science Program.

    Ms. Shoshana Rozengurtel, 2006: Present Position: Doctoral Program in Physical Therapy, Long Island University.

    Ms. Irina Dostova, 2006: CUNY SALK Award Winner Present Position: Medical Student, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY.

    Mr. Asher Kest, 2007: Present Position: Post-Baccalaureate Program, CCNY.

    Ms. Ester Kandova, 2008: Present Position: New York School of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Ms. Yana Abayev, 2008: Present Position: New York School of Osteopathic Medicine.

    Ms. Andrea Burstein, 2008: Present Position: PsyD Clinical Psychology program, Long Island University.

    Mr. Alexander Pinhas, 2009: Present Position: Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

    Ms. Veronica Bae, 2009: Present Position: Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. Program, SUNY Stony Brook.

    Ms. Meri Gerges, 2009: Present Position: Weill-Cornell University, Technical work.

    Ms. Tamar Kraft, 2009: Present Position: MA in Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Queens College, CUNY.

Former High School Students
    Ms. Alexis Joseph (1994): Yale University

    Ms. Fiona Baumer (1999): Stanford University

    Ms. Jamie Osman (2000): Cornell University

    Ms. Mamta Shah (2001): in college

    Ms. Mariel Lee (2002): Cornell University

    Mr. Yin Li (2002): Harvard University

    Ms. Sabrina Ahmed (2003): St. John’s University

    Ms. Christina Chai (2004): University of Michgan

    Ms. Magdelena Robek (2006): High School

    Ms. Amanda Winn (2007): High School