People

Current Lab Members

Laura Been, PhD

I first became interested in Neuroscience as an undergraduate in Dr. Jill Becker’s laboratory at the University of Michigan, where I examined the impact of ovarian hormones on drug self-administration in female rats. After graduating with honors in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences (+ double major in English!), I joined the graduate programs in Psychology and Neuroscience at Georgia State University. My research in Dr. Aras Petrulis’ laboratory examined the neural regulation of social and reproductive behaviors. The skills and knowledge that I gained from my undergraduate (sex differences in drug abuse) and graduate (neural basis of reproductive behaviors) training dovetailed into my post-doctoral research in Dr. Robert Meisel’s laboratory at the University of Minnesota. There, I investigated the molecular and cellular mechanisms of plasticity following rewarding experiences. I joined the faculty in Psychology and Neuroscience at Haverford College in 2015. Here, I teach classes in Neuroscience and Psychology and have launched an independent research program in behavioral neuroendocrinology. My research program is almost entirely driven by our talented, hard-working undergraduates. Mentoring students in the lab is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job.  When I am not in the lab or the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, coffee, reading, podcasts, and living room dance parties.

Nicole Swisher '21, Thesis Student


Hometown: North Tustin, California 


Contribution to Lab Playlist: “Island in the sun” by Weezer
Eliza Koren '21, Thesis Student

Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida

Contribution to Lab Playlist:  “No Hands” by Joy Crookes
Marité Horton '21, Thesis Student


Hometown: West Chester, PA


Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Take A Chance On Me" by ABBA

Hailey Moore '21, Thesis Student

Hometown: Baltimore, MD


Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Sunflower" by Post Malone
Kagan Harris '21, Thesis Student


Hometown: Ipswich, MA


Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Thunderstruck" by ACDC

Honorary Lab Members

Owen Been-Golaszewski, Weekend Lab Tech, Microscope Wizard, Dry Ice Aficionado 
Milo Been-Golaszewski, Weekend Lab Tech, Pipette Master, in a critical period of development


Been Lab Alumni

  • Abiola Irvine, B.S. ’20 — Postbaccalaureate program in Pre-Health Specialized Studies at University of Pennsylvania
  • Maeve Gaffney, B.S. ’20 –accelerated BSN Program at Columbia University School of Nursing
  • Claire Eckstein-Indik, B.S. ’20 –Research Assistant, Temple University (Heimberg Lab)
  • Dylan Gearinger, B.S. ’19 — Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Allie Gibbons, B.S. ’19 — Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health
  • Achint Singh, B.S. ’19 — Research Coordinator, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Hannah Wild, B.S. ’19 — Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology, University of Kentucky
  • Natalie Pisch, B.S. ’19 — MBA program at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • Alissa Valentine, B.S. ’19 — Ph.D. program in Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Emily O’Sullivan, B.S., ’19 — Animal Research Associate, Regenernon Pharmaceuticals
  • Dayana Davila, B.S., ’19 — Research Technician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Coulter Laboratory)
  • Katie Beach, B.S. ’18 — Research Assistant at Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai (Nestler Laboratory)
  • Lauren Benedetto, B.S. ’18 — M.D. program at University of Connecticut
  • Paige Carson, B.S., ’18 — Research Specialist, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Beers Laboratory)
  • William Foster, B.S. ’18 — Laboratory Technician at University of Pennsylvania (Abdus-Saboor Laboratory)
  • Liz Heaton, B.S. ’18 — Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at Emory University (Gourley Laboratory)
  • Taylor Levine, B.S. ’18 — Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Oregon Health & Science University
  • Shantal Taveras, B.S. ’18 — Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at Queens College, NY
  • Rose Glass, B.S. ’17 –Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at University of North Carolina
  • Claudia Amaral, B.S. ’17 — M.D. program at Ponce Health Sciences University, Puerto Rico
  • Rachel Lee, B.A. ’17 – Human Resources Specialist, Main Line Surgical Center, Haverford, PA
  • Clio Bodie, B.A. ’17 — M.A. in Education at Bank Street School
  • Breanna D’Antonio, B.A. ’17 — M.S. in Social Work at University of Pennsylvania, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program (Perlis Lab)
  • Maddie Caron, B.A. ’17 —   
  • Averi Gaines, B.A. ’17 — Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology at University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Luis Acaba, B.S. ’16 — M.D. program at Thomas Jefferson University
  • David Sidibe, B.A. ’16 — Ph.D. program in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jack Thygesen, B.S. ’16 — M.D. program at Indiana University
  • Alexis Williams, B.A. ’16 — O.D. (Doctor of Optometry) program at Southern College of Optometry
  • Bryan Wang, B.A. ’16 — M.S. program in Neuroimaging and Informatics, University of Southern California
  • Harrison Van der Kloot, B.S. ’16 — M.D. program at Temple University
  • Olivia Walsh, B.S., ’16 — Psy.D. program in School Psychology at St. John’s University