Principal Investigator 


Susanne Brummelte Ph.D.


Dr. Brummelte is an Assistant Professor for Wayne State University Department of Psychology. Her current research focuses on the effects of early adverse life experience on brain development and the subsequent behavioral and neuroanatomical changes in both males and females.


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Graduate Researchers 


Jennifer Kott M.A.


Jennifer is a fifth-year graduate student in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program, minoring in psychopharmacology. Her research focuses on the effects of pregestational stress and prenatal antidepressant exposure on development. Outside of the lab, her interests include cooking, all kinds of outdoor activities and traveling as much as possible.

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Sean Mooney-Leber M.S.


Sean is a fourth year graduate student in the Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience program minoring in developmental neuroscience. His research investigates the neurobiological consequences of early adverse life experience and how maternal care modulates these negative outcomes.

Outside of the lab, his interests include watching Netflix and playing video games. He also enjoys coffee and homemade pizza.

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Undergraduate Researchers  


Gabe Haas


Gabe's research interests focus on potential antidepressant properties of probiotics and their impact on development, behavior, and brain mechanisms. Outside of the lab, his passions include travel, food, and learning new things.

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Susan Woods

 Susan is a senior psychology honors and journalism student. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a focus on suicidology. She was awarded a UROP and McNair Research award to pursue research in Dr. Brummelte's lab on how to best investigate stress-induced corticosterone level variations using ELISA assays. She is also actively conducting research on suicidal students in a different lab and presented her findings at an international conference. She hopes this research will lead to policy change within school districts. In 2015 she founded the African American Psychology Student Organization (AAPSO) at Wayne State. The organization provides a platform to discuss psychological and social issues that impact marginalized communities, in particular the African American community.


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Abdul-Rahman Suleiman


Abdul is a senior dual majoring in biology and political science. He is interested in becoming a physician. As well as research, he is heavily involved in leadership and social organizations. He cites his Middle-Eastern upbringing in making him increasingly interested in the effects of stressors on continuing generations. Currently, he is working on a project that focuses on the transgenerational effects of preconceptional stress and gestational antidepressant exposure.

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Wan Wang


Wan was a sophomore when she started in the lab in 2015. She is now a senior majoring in Psychology and double minoring in Asian Studies and Biological Sciences. She is interested in cognitive neuroscience and its medical applications. Wan has been working with Gabe Haas on his project on the effects of probiotics on depressive-like behavior in male and female rats.

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Kethrine Badria


Kethrine is a biochemistry major and wanted to join the lab after watching TED Talks dealing with neuroscience and neurochemistry. She wanted to work in a lab where she could apply what she was learning. She is interested in how depression and anxiety effects the brain and the patient. In the future, she wants to be involved in projects that benefit people who have neurodegenerative diseases. Kethrine is currently the lab expert for running ELISA assays.

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Samer Dubaisi


Samer is a Biology Major student who is working with grad student Sean Mooney-Leber and is currently in charge of counting new neurons in the frontal cortex of neonatal rats exposed to early-life stress and reduced maternal care.

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Esmeralda Sustaita


Esmeralda joined the lab after receiving a prestigious APA summer scholarship and we are happy that she decided to stay on with us. She is currently investigating the effects of early-life adversity and reduced maternal care on neuronal cell death working with grad student Sean Mooney-Leber.


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