Principal Investigator

Dr. Murray began investigating the interoceptive stimulus properties of drugs of abuse as a graduate student in Prof Rick Bevins' Behavioral Neuropharmacology laboratory at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the United States. Following earning her PhD in 2009, she joined Prof Barry Everitt as a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge in England. There, she used novel models of drug dependence to assess particular theories of addiction. She was also an official fellow of Murray Edwards College and directed studies for their psychology students. In 2016, Dr. Murray returned to North America as a research assistant professor at UNL with Prof Bevins' research group before beginning her post as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph in 2018.

Graduate Students

Allyson completed her MSc in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science (NACS) here at the University of Guelph in 2020. She is a former BSc graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where she studied Psychology with a specialization in research. Her research with the Murray AIM Lab focuses on the role of interoceptive stimuli elicited by drugs of abuse as discriminative guides of behaviour in rodent models using pavlovian conditioning paradigms. When she is not in the lab she's playing with her dog Ella.

Briana Renda is a current graduate student who joined the lab in September 2018. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University and her MSc at U of G in 2020. Briana’s current line of research focuses on the impact of adolescent nicotine or stress exposure on adult nicotine consumption and value.

Caitlin Nolan

Caitlin Nolan is starting her first year as a graduate student in Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science (NACS) at University of Guelph. Her research focuses on morphine occasion setting and its effects on subsequent reward, using a conditioned place preference paradigm.

Rita is a first-year graduate student in the Neuroscience and Applied Cognitive Science program at the University of Guelph (UoG). She is a former Bachelor of Arts and Science graduate from

UoG and has been an active member of the lab since 2018. Her

current research interests lie in the neuronal events that mediate the predictability of environmental stressors, in the form of foot

shocks on opiate reinforcement and discrimination.



Undergraduate Students

Jess Karlovcec

Jessica is a third year BSc Neuroscience major at the University of Guelph, minoring in Nutrition. She is a volunteer at the lab and has recently completed a research project in the lab working alongside Allyson assessing morphine self-administration following occasion setting. Her research interests include the neural mechanisms and behavioural effects of drugs of abuse, and outside of the lab, she enjoys travelling, cooking, and dogs.

Rashmeet Kaur

Rashmeet Kaur is currently an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph completing a Bachelor of Science degree with a Bio-Medical major and Neuroscience minor. Her research interests include: gender and making, mental health, and medical ethics. In her free time, Rashmeet loves to merge her passion for both the sciences and the humanities through her poetry and mixed media artwork.

Noelle Morris

Noelle Morris is a third year BSc biomedical science major at the University of Guelph, minoring in neuroscience. She volunteers in the lab and her interests revolve around the neural mechanisms of mental health and addiction. Outside of the lab, her hobbies include playing various sports, cooking, and traveling.

Davin Peart

Davin is currently enroled in the BSc major in Neuroscience at the University of Guelph and is minoring in Psychology. His role in the Murray AIM Lab currently involes the investigation of morphine as an occassion setter. Other research interests include behavioural effects of sex, stress, and hormones in animal models of substance use disorders. Outside of the lab he enjoys golfing, watching movies, and cooking.

Lupita Reyes

Lupita Reyes is an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph where she is double majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. She is currently doing her Honours Thesis in the AIM lab where she is investigating oral morphine self-administration. Her research interests include mental health and addiction, with a particular focus in the youth population.

Alyssa Sheppard

Alyssa Sheppard is a 5th year Bsc Neuroscience Student at the University of Guelph. She recently completed a literature review project on the concurrent use of Benzodiazepines with Opioids. Her research interests include addiction and mental health, and she will begin her hands-on research experience soon. Outside of school her hobbies include photography and collecting records.

Addie Stone

Addie Stone is a third year BSc Neuroscience major at the University of Guelph. Her research interests involve addiction and mental health. When not in lab, she loves running, Sudoku, cooking.

Past Members

Michael Sharivker

Michael Sharivker was in the BSc Neuroscience program at the University of Guelph. He was a volunteer in the AIM lab since the winter of 2019, the Undergraduate Research Assistant for the summer of 2019, and completed a year of independent research coursework in 2019-2020.

Caroline Falkowska

Caroline Falkowska is a graduate of the University of Guelph where she double majored in psychology: brain and cognition and animal biology. In lab, she was a volunteer and summer thesis project student where she works on the VAR_ETOH project. Her interests include the neuromechanisms in rewards and drug addiction. Hobbies include skiing, dancing, and running.

Hannah Puckering

Hannah Puckering was an undergraduate student completing a Biological Science degree with a minor in Neuroscience. She is currently an MSc student in Occupational Therapy program at McMaster University.

Maddie Peters

Maddie Peters was a 4th year B.A. Honour's Thesis Psychology student. She is particularly interested in the neurological basis of mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, as well as potential pharmacological treatments for these illnesses.