Lab alumni - Where are they now?

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Lynn Bengston

Lynn was the manager for the Richardson lab since 2008. She oversaw activities in the lab and helped with the execution of each project. She retired in the Spring of 2020.


Kyle Lucier

Kyle received his BS degrees in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Psychology on the Neuroscience track in 2019. He joined the lab in Fall of 2016 and conducted his honors thesis studying how binge drinking alcohol during adolescence affects the myelination of corticolimbic circuitry in rats.


Sam Scott, M.S.

Sam joined the Richardson Lab in the Spring of 2016. After working as a research assistant, an honors thesis student, and a research technician, he received his Master's in Neuroscience and Behavior in 2019 focusing on studying the effects of binge drinking on myelination in the developing adolescent brain.


Patrick Mei

Patrick obtained his BS degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology. He joined the lab in the Summer of 2018 and helped with individual projects, making reagents and checking equipment.


Liz Tavares

Liz graduated from UMass with a BS degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences. Then she worked as a Lab Technician for the Richardson lab supervising the undergraduate work and training students on new techniques, while also studying the vulnerabilities of developing nodal domains to alcohol. 


Gabi Molica

Gabi received her BS degree in Psychology on the Neuroscience track. She joined the Richardson Lab in Fall of 2017 and worked on her honors thesis project studying the nodes of Ranvier in the lab's binge drinking model.


Monica Kearney

Monica obtained her BS degree in Nutrition on the Health Sciences track. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2017 and assisted on various projects in the lab.


Eileena Silva

Eileena obtained her BS degree in Biology. She joined the lab in the Spring of 2017.

Aimee Lin

Honors Thesis |

Aimee completed her Honors Thesis with the lab in 2018. She researched the density and morphology of microglia as an indicator of inflammation in the mPFC of adolescents rats exposed to binge alcohol drinking.

Sarah Brem

Independent / Work Study |

Sarah joined the lab in the fall semester of 2013. She initially started as a work-study staff member but quickly became involved in studies being conducted in the lab. Her independent study project focuses on measuring g-ratio within the medial prefrontal cortex.

Sadie Flood

Honors Thesis |

Sadie started working in the Richardson lab in the summer of 2015. This year she will be conducting a baseline study investigating the protein expression of ER-alpha within microglia of the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC).

Wanette Vargas, Ph.D.

Wanette received her Ph.D. in the Richardson Lab in the Spring of 2016. We are excited to announce that Wanette recently moved from New England down to the Big Apple, where she has taken a postdoctoral position in the city!

Yi-Ling Lu, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow at The Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

Yi-Ling received her Ph.D. December 2016. She is studying sex differences in neurodegenerative disorders in her postdoctoral position in the Scharfman lab at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Congrats to Yi-Ling and Yu-Ting on their new baby, Wylie!

Yi-Ling can be reached at

Jesse McClure, Ph.D.

Postoctoral Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Jesse got his Ph.D. in May 2016 and is now studying behavioral genetics in dogs in the Karlsson laboratory at UMass Med.

Chrisanthi Karanikas, M.S.

Senior Associate, Scientific Communications at Eli Lilly and Company, Indianopolis, IN.

Chrisanthi received her masters from the Neuroscience and Behavior program in 2012. She landed a fantastic job at Eli Lilly, where she has been promoted to Senior Associate of Scientific Communications.

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