People in the Lab

Vedran Lovic

Vedran Lovic

Principal Investigator

Department of Psychology
Alberta Children’s Hospital
Research Institute
University of Calgary

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vedran.lovic@ucalgary.ca

About

I was born in Bosnia-Herzegovina but have spent most of my life in Toronto, Canada. I have earned my doctorate degree at the University of Toronto working under the mentorship of Prof. Alison Fleming and in collaboration with Dr. Paul Fletcher (CAMH). During my first postdoctoral fellowship I worked with  Prof. Terry Robinson and Prof. Brandon Aragona (University of Michigan), studying dopamine neurotransmission in preclinical models of addiction. My second postdoctoral fellowship (Prof. Ann Graybiel’s laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) was spent investigating functional neuroanatomy of the basal ganglia. 

Catherine Thomas

Graduate Student

Department of Psychology

catherine.thomas@ucalgary.ca

About

Originally from Cambridge, United Kingdom, I pursued my undergraduate studies in Psychology (BSc) at the University of Sheffield, UK, going on to achieve an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging at the same university. My MSc research investigated the effects of electrical stimulation (tDCS) on neurovascular coupling in the whisker barrel cortex. I am interested in the role of dopamine in motivation and sensitization to drugs of abuse. I use behavioural paradigms, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, and optogenetics to investigate how prior drug exposure influences the attribution of incentive (motivational) value to drug-cues. Outside of the lab, I enjoy working out and visiting independent coffee shops.

Alicia Zumbusch

Graduate Student

Department of Psychology

aszumbus@ucalgary.ca

About

I was born and raised in Alberta, and have always been interested in neuropsychopharmacology and the etiology of addiction. Currently, my research goals are to understand how early life conditions relate to addiction vulnerability, and elucidate the underlying neural mechanisms of addiction and motivated behaviour. Prior to beginning my MSc research, I received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Calgary. I completed my honours thesis research under the supervision of Dr. Vedran Lovic at the Lovic Lab (UCalgary). Other undergraduate work of mine includes research with Dr. Kristin von Ranson at the Eating Behaviours Lab (UCalgary), as well as an Addiction Studies Certificate (MRU). Upon completing my MSc, I plan to pursue a PhD in psychology. Outside of academia, I am an avid fan of music, film, and football. 

Ioana Petriman

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Department of Psychology

ipetrima@ucalgary.ca

About

I am a third year Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Psychology. I hope to go to graduate school following the completion of my Bachelor's degree.  When I’m not at the university, I volunteer with the Calgary Distress Centre and work part-time as a barista at Starbucks. During my spare time, I enjoy playing the piano, watching movies and hanging out with family and friends. 

Una Mrdja

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Psychology

umrdja@ucalgary.ca

About

I am from Bosnia-Herzegovina but have spent most of my life in Calgary. I am intrigued by the complexity of brain dynamics. More specifically I am interested in learning about the effects of early life adversity on drug addiction susceptibility. I am also interested in developing histological and electrochemical transmitter detection skills. Following my undergraduate degree, I plan to continue my studies in graduate school. When I am not at the university I enjoy working at the YMCA and as a behavioral aid. In my free time I like to hang out with friends and family, and watch movies.

Cassandra Klune

Undergraduate Thesis Student

Program in Neuroscience
 

cassandara.klune@ucalgary.ca

About

I am a fourth year Bachelor of Science student majoring in neuroscience and I will be completing my Honours Thesis in the Lovic Lab. I am interested in the neural mechanisms underlying motivation and addiction.  Following the completion of my undergraduate degree I hope to pursue doctoral studies aimed at investigating neuroscience of reward learning, motivation, and addiction. My previous experience includes research in lab animal welfare,  focused on pain and analgesia. Outside of the lab, I have been involved in a variety of clubs on campus and work as a Community Advisor in residence. My other interests include modern art, reading and coffee.

Briana Renda

Graduate Student

briana.renda@ucalgary.ca

About

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Adrien Takada

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Department of Biological Sciences

adrien.takada@ucalgary.ca

About

I was born and raised in Calgary. For all of my life I have been fascinated with many areas of science, particularly neurobiology. Upon completion of my undergraduate degree I intend on pursuing graduate school. Outside of academia I enjoy local arts, music, and culture, as well as volunteering with seniors.