Dr. Scott Kanoski, PhD
Principal Investigator

Associate Professor (April 2019-Present)
Human and Evolutionary Biology Section,
Department of Biological Sciences

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences,
University of Southern California

-B.S. in Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1996-2000)
-M.S. in Psychology, Purdue University (2003-2006)
-Ph.D. in Psychology, Purdue University (2006-2009) (T.L. Davidson Lab)
-Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania (2009-2012) (H.J. Grill Lab)
-Assistant Professor of Human and Evolutionary Biology, University of Southern California (1/1/13-4/4/19)

 
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Dr. Elizabeth Davis

Postdoctoral Researcher

-B.S. in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
-Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2018)

-Harry L. Kisseleff Award (for best postdoc presentation at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, 2019)

 
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Dr. Sarah Terrill

Postdoctoral Researcher

-B.S. in Psychology, Baldwin Wallace University (2013)
-M.S. in Psychology, Florida State University (2014)
-Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Florida State University (2019)

 
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Alyssa Cortella

Lab Manager

-B.S. in Animal Science, California State Polytechnic University (2014)

 
 
 
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Andrea Suarez


Ph.D. Candidate (2015-present)

-B.S. in Biology, University of California, Riverside (2014)
-NIDDK predoctoral fellow (2018-present)
-USC Women in Science and Engineering PhD Merit Award Recipient (2019)

 
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Clarissa Liu


Ph.D. Candidate (2015-present)

-B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior, Barnard College, Columbia University (2015)
-NIDDK predoctoral fellow (2018-present)

 
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Linda Tsan


Ph.D. Candidate (2017-present)

-B.S. in Pyschobiology, University of California Los Angeles (2015)
-NSF predoctoral fellow (2017-present)

 
 
 
 

Lekha Chirala

Laboratory Technician

-B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of Southern California (2019)

 
 

Undergraduate Researchers

 
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Lana Bridi

-USC Stamps Scholar
-USC Dornsife Ambassador
-Recipient of the Okin Scholarship in Biological Sciences

Major: Human Biology
2nd Major: Mathematics
Year: Junior

Affiliations: Shaukat Initiative, Students' Organization for Syria, GlobeMed

 
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Rae Lan

-USC Trustee Scholar
-SURF Fellow
-2nd Place winner at 2019 USC Undergraduate Research Symposium
-Recipient of the Rose Hills Research Award

Major: Neuroscience
Year: Senior

Postgraduate plans: medical school, professional tennis

Affiliations: USC Men's Varsity Tennis, Interaxon, United Students for Veteran's Health

 
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Grace Schwartz

-USC Deans Scholar

Major: Biomedical Engineering
Minor: Musical Theatre
Year: Sophomore

Postgraduate plans: medical school

Affiliations: Resident Honors Program, Thematic Options Honors, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors,
USC Women in Engineering, Kicks for Kids (Marketing Designer), Impulse Theatre Company (Marketing Designer)

 
 
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Isabella Gianatiempo

Major: Neuroscience
2nd Major: Cognitive Science
Year: Junior

 
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Rita Ohan

USC Trustee Scholar
Norman Topping Scholar

Major: Human Biology
Minor: Health Care Studies


Postgraduate plans: medical school
Year: Sophomore

Affiliations: American Red Cross, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, USC Verdugo Hills Hospital,
Armenian Student Association, WorldMed@UPC

 
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Andrew Davidson

Major: Neuroscience

Year: Senior

Affiliations: Zeta Beta Tau


 
 

Lab Alumni

 
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Dr. Ted Hsu

PhD in Neuroscience from USC (2013-2017)

-George A. Bray Dissertation Award (The Obesity Society, 2018)
-NIH F31 NRSA Fellow (NIDDK; 2016-2017)


-Harrison M. Kurtz Memorial Award (for most outstanding PhD student in biological sciences at USC, 2017)
-Graduate Student of the Year Award (USC Neuroscience Graduate Program, 2016)
-G.P. Smith Award (for best graduate student presentation at SSIB, 2015)

-Presently a postdoc in the Roitman Lab at UIC

 
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Vaibhav Konanur

Lab Manager and First Officer (2013-2016)

-Presently in a PhD program in the Roitman Lab at UIC

 
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Dr. Emily Noble

Postdoc, Research Assistant Professor (2015-2019)


-K01 Award (NIDDK; 2019-2023)
-NIH F32 NRSA Fellow (NIDDK; 2016-2018)
-Early Career Grant Challenge Competition Winner (The Obesity Society, 2017-2018)

--Ethan Sims Early Investigator Award (The Obesity Society, 2017)
-Harry L. Kisseleff Award (for best postdoc presentation at the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, 2015)

-Presently a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia (Athens)

 
 

UNDERGRADUATES, POST-BACCS, AND PHD ROTATIONS (2013-Present)

  • Logan Tierno (2019; USC Summer Program in Diabetes and Obesity Research [SPIDOR] Program for outstanding underrepresented students in science and medicine)

  • Jamie Clarke (B.S. in Human Biology, 2019; USC Trustee Scholar, Recipient of the Don Milo Appleman Award, Provost Fellow, SOAR Fellow, 1st place for USC Undergraduate Symposium research presentation)

  • Lekha Chirala (B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, 2019; URAP Fellow)

  • Victor Lee (B.S. in Human Biology, 2019; USC Presidential Scholar, Provost Fellow, SOAR Fellow)

  • Ryan Fatemi (B.S. in Neuroscience, 2019; SOAR Fellow)

  • Tanisha London (Neuroscience Graduate Student Rotation, 2019)

  • Anish Reddy (B.S. in Neuroscience in 2018; SOAR Fellow, SURF Fellow)

  • Emily Nakamoto (B.S. in Neuroscience in 2017; SOAR Fellow, Provost Fellow)

  • Kaitlin Sontag (B.S. in Human Biology in 2017; SOAR Fellow, SURF Fellow, USC Presidential Scholar)

  • Natalie Demirjian (B.S. in Human Biology in 2017; SURF Fellow)

  • April Banayan (B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in 2017)

  • Ahyun Jung (Neuroscience Graduate Student Rotation, 2017)

  • Danielle Rider (Postbaccalaureate Premed Program, 2016-17)

  • Caroline Szujewski (Postbaccalaureate Researcher, 2016-17, B.S. in Neuroscience in 2014)

  • Allison Apfel (B.S. in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in 2016; Provost Fellow, URAP Fellow)

  • Nikita Shirsat (B.S. candidate in Neuroscience; WISE fellow)

  • Lilly Taing (B.S. in Health and Humanity in 2016; Recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Award, Provost Fellow, SURF Fellow, USC Presidential Scholar)

  • Jessica Thai (B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2016; SOAR Fellow, SURF Fellow, Provost Fellow, USC Presidential Scholar)

  • Sandhya Prathap (Neuroscience Graduate Student Rotation, 2016)

  • Monica Song (Neuroscience Graduate Student Rotation, 2015-16)

  • Augstina Kim (B.S. in Human Biology in 2015; SCynergy Awardee, Provost Fellow)

  • Ryan Usui (B.S. in Human Biology in 2015; Provost Fellow)

  • Joanna Liang (B.S. in Psychology in 2015; SOAR Fellow, SURF Fellow, Psychology Honors Graduate, USC Deans Scholar)

  • Mehul Trivedi (B.S. in Biological Sciences in 2015; Provost Fellow, URAP Fellow, USC Presidential Scholar)

  • Hrant Gevorgian (B.S. in Human Biology in 2015)

  • Jonathan Cheung (Neuroscience Graduate Student Rotation, 2014-15)

  • Ashley Lam (B.S. in Neuroscience in 2014; SOAR Fellow, SURF Fellow)