The Biomedical Alcohol Research Training Program - Current Trainees

Postdoctoral Fellows

Elizabeth A Fucich, Ph.D.

Degree: Ph.D., Pharmacology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Advisor: Patricia Molina, Ph.D.
Research: Intersection of stress and traumatic brain injury on behaviors including alcohol drinking
Department: Physiology

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My research addresses the neural mechanisms underlying the interaction between traumatic brain injury and alcohol use. I am also interested in how stress interacts with this relationship as well as identifying ways to improve negative outcomes of these concurrent conditions.


Patricia D. Mott, Ph.D.

Degree: Ph.D., Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology, LSU Health Sciences Center, New Orleans
Advisor: Angela Amedee, Ph.D.
Research: Impact of chronic binge alcohol consumption of vaginal susceptibility to SIV/HIV infection
Department: Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology

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My research focuses on the effects of alcohol use on the female reproductive tract microenvironment and how this could impact HIV disease. Using the female rhesus macaque model, I plan to characterize the vaginal microbial and immune environment and investigate differences in HIV susceptibility, response to ART, and the viral reservoir. 


Predoctoral Fellows

Vincent Maffei, B.S.

Degree: BS 2011  Emory University
Mentor: Christopher Taylor, Ph.D. and David Welsh, M.D.
Research: Aging in the Intestinal Flora
Status: M.D./Ph.D. Student, Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology



I plan to test the hypothesis that alimentary tract dysbiosis associated with alcohol use disorder (AUD) accelerates HIV-induced precocious aging using samples being collected in the ongoing CARC translational study


Van Ninh, B.S.

Degree: B.S., Louisiana State University
Mentor: Jason Gardner, Ph.D.
Research: Effects of Lysyl Oxidase on Cardiac Fibrosis
Status: Graduate Student, Department of Physiology

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My research project focuses on the effects of alcohol on cardiac remodeling following a heart attack. I am currently involved in projects evaluating alcoholic cardiomyopathy.

Zachary Stielper, B.S.

Degree: B.S., Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
Mentor: Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D. and Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D.
ResearchThe role of amygdala endocannabinoids in alcohol drinking after traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Status: MD/PhD  Student, Department of Physiology

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My research focuses on the impact of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the brain of alcohol consumers. Specifically, I am investigating dysregulation of the endocannabinoid system within the amygdala as a potential mechanism by which TBI can drive post-injury increases in alcohol consumption.

Paul Stoulig, B.S.

Degree: B.S., University of Southern Mississippi
Mentor: Patricia Molina, M.D., Ph.D.
ResearchRole of neuroinflammation in behavioral outcomes from TBI; focus on alcohol drinking
Status: Graduate Student, Department of Physiology

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