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Jeremy D. Bailoo – Research Assistant Professor, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His research investigates whether the manner in which laboratory animals are bred, housed, and cared and the affects on their well-being, the validity of the models for which they are used, and the generalizability and reproducibility of experimental results derived from such use.

Allyson BennettAllyson Bennett – A developmental psychobiologist whose research focuses on how cognitive, physical, and social environments contribute to individual variation in psychological, neural, and behavioral development across the lifespan. Prof. Bennett’s expertise and commitment to science education are reflected in a range of public outreach efforts.

Amanda M. Dettmer – A primatologist/ developmental psychobiologist at the Yale Child Study Center whose research examines the early life organization of socio-cognitive development. Dr. Dettmer was the 2017-18 American Psychological Association’s (APA) Executive Branch Science Fellow through the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship, placed at the Institute of Education Sciences in the U.S. Department of Education.

Doris Doudet – A Professor of Medicine/Neurology at the University of British Columbia. Her specialty is the use of non invasive PET and MR imaging to assess the role of brain neurotransmitters in health and disease and  the mechanism of action of various therapies in human and animal subjects.


David JentschJ. David Jentsch
– is the Empire Innovation Professor of Psychology at Binghamton University (NY). His research, which involves both human subjects and laboratory animals, utilizes multiple approaches (from genetics to neuroimaging) to identify the biological mechanisms contributing to compromised self-control abilities in drug and alcohol addictions.

Juan Carlos MarvizonJuan Carlos Marvizon – Associate Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Department of Veteran Affairs. His work is devoted to finding a cure for chronic pain disorders. Using rats and mice, he studies the neural pathways involved in the transmission of pain signals and their modulation by neuropeptides like endorphins and substance P. One of his concerns is to improve methods to study pain and other diseases in animals without causing them unnecessary suffering.

Marcello RosaMarcello Rosa – A neuroscientist with special interest in vision, brain anatomy and physiology. His current research program involves both discovery-oriented on how the different parts of the work together to produce visual sensations, and applied research aimed at translating this knowledge into prosthetic aids (“bionic eyes”, and other types of brain-computer interfaces). He is also active in the field of neuroinformatics, developing an internet-accessible repository of neuroanatomical data on the connections between areas of the cerebral cortex in marmosets.

Justin Varholick

Justin Varholick – A Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Florida investigating mammalian regeneration in African Spiny Mice and how we can improve external validity in biomedical science. Justin is an interdisciplinary scientist trained in psychology, biology, development, and animal welfare. He firmly believes in properly educating young minds and the general public on the processes behind scientific discoveries.