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Skidmore College
Neuroscience Program

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Research Resources

Each faculty member in the Neuroscience Program has dedicated individualized research space for conducting professional research and engaging students in collaborative research during the academic year and summers.

Animal Housing Facilities

The Psychology and Biology departments each house small functional animal care facilities for rodents. Each is approximately 700 square feet, with separate small photoperiod-controlled and ventilated rooms for housing animals, small animal surgery, clean storage, and cage-washing. Each can house approximately 100 rats or mice. The college operates an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, has an active New York State License for care and use of animals, and an active Public Health Service Animal Welfare Assurance.

Skidmore College Microscopy Imaging Center (SMIC)

Skidmore possesses an impressive microscopy facility for faculty and students. Click here to learn more about it.

Faculty Research Spaces

  • David Domozych (Biology), the Director of the Skidmore College Microscopy Imaging Center (SMIC), maintains a scanning and transmission electron microscope facility, a light microscope laboratory equipped with a micromanipulator, two research phase contrast microscopes, and an imaging system for routine and fluorescent imaging analysis and the confocal facility.
  • Denise Evert (Psychology) maintains a Cognitive Neuroscience laboratory that includes software and hardware for stimulus generation, presentation, and manipulation of visual images, including words, pictures, and faces. The facilities include Macintosh computers, display multiscan monitors, PsyScope response button boxes, and related software for divided-visual field studies to assess hemispheric specialization of function.
  • Corey Freeman-Gallant (Biology) maintains a DNA fingerprinting laboratory in conjunction with his avian field research.
  • Rebecca Johnson (Psychology) maintains a cognition and neuropsychology laboratory where she examines the processes that underlie reading. She and her students utilize sophisticated eye-tracking equipment towards this end.
  • Sarita Lagalwar (Neuroscience) studies the cell and molecular signaling pathways in human neurodegenerative disease, using mouse and human cell line models.
  • Hassan Lopez (Psychology) directs a behavioral neuroscience laboratory which contains a rodent vivarium (for housing of rats), behavioral testing equipment for the analysis of sexual behavior and motivation, a wet-lab for preparation and delivery of pharmacological agents, and a separate human testing room for experiments on sexual attraction and desire.
  • Lucy Oremland (Mathematics)
  • Flip Phillips (Psychology) directs an eye, brain and vision laboratory which includes facilities for real-time 3-D stimulus generation (through use of a 3D scanner and 3D printer), stereographic presentation, and a wide variety of response measurement systems.
  • Bernard Possidente (Biology) maintains a laboratory equipped for automated monitoring and analysis of up to 64 rodents in running wheels under controlled photoperiods for circadianrhythm analysis, and has eight "Actiwatches" for automated recording of human activity.
  • Monica Raveret-Richter (Biology) maintains a small aviary, and an animal behavior lab with resident bee colonies, Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches, and other insects, Anolis lizards, and a variety of tropical fish; she also conducts field research on insects and birds.
  • Chris Vescey (Neuroscience)
  • Dominique Vuvan (Psychology)