Research Team

Daniels Lab March 2018

Derek Daniels, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Dr. Daniels is Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences and the director of the Center for Ingestive Behavior Research. He is also affiliated with the interdisciplinary program in Neuroscience and the departments of Psychology and Pharmacology & Toxicology.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and did his postdoctoral training with Steven Fluharty at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.

Current Laboratory Members:

Destiny Brakey, Postdoctoral Researcher

Sydney David, Research Technician

Gaayathri Varavenkataraman, Research Technician

Joseph Schmitt, Graduate Student

Lab alumni:


Jessica Santollo, Ph.D. (current position: Associate Professor, Biology, University of Kentucky)

Doctoral students

K.Linnea Volcko, Ph.D. (current position: postdoctoral researcher, Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø)

Kimberly Caldwell (Plyler), Ph.D. (current position: Medical Communications, Cello Health)

Naomi McKay, Ph.D. (current position: Associate Professor of Psychology, Buffalo State College)

Peter Vento, Ph.D. (current position: Assistant Professor. Psychology, University of South Carolina)

Elizabeth G. Mietlicki-Baase, Ph.D. (current position: Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, University at Buffalo)

Masters students

Jessica Tabman (recent position: Quality Assurance Associate at ICON plc)

Quinn Carroll (recent position: Community Prevention Educator, Erie County Crisis Services)

Philip Whalen (recent position: Project Coordinator, Roswell Park Cancer Institute)

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