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. 


Marcus Weera, Ph.D.

Degree: Ph.D., Neuroscience, Purdue University, August 2017
Advisors: Nicholas Gilpin, Ph.D.
Research: Neural mechanisms underlying substance use and co-morbid disorders.
Department: Physiology

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Dr. Weera is interested in elucidating the neural circuits and neurobiological factors that underlie substance (primarily alcohol) use disorders. Further, his research seeks to understand the neural bases of co-morbid substance use and psychiatric (e.g. post-traumatic stress) disorders , as well as between different types of substance use disorders. The goal of Dr. Weera's research is to inform prevention and treatment strategies for substance use and related psychiatric disorders.

Predoctoral Fellows

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.