Christopher C. Lapish Ph.D.

Principle Investigator


Stark Neuroscience Institute

Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology

Indiana University School of Medicine

Twitter: @CC_Lapish

Nicholas M. Timme Ph.D.

Assistant Research Professor


Twitter: @NicholasTimme

I'm interested in using neural population analyses and computational approaches to understand and repair maladaptive decision-making in addiction.

Cherish Ardinger M.A., M.S.

Graduate Student


Twitter: @CherishArdinger

Cherish is interested in studying the neurobiological causes of and identifying treatments for addiction. Her current research interests lie at the intersection of behavioral genetics, awake-behaving electrophysiology, and pharmacology - where she uses rodent models to study the impact of alcohol on brain and behavior.

Mitchell Morningstar M.S.

Graduate Student

Twitter: @neuromorning

Mitchell is interested in the acute, pharmacological actions of alcohol on brain and behavior, and he explores these questions utilizing a mixture of computational and experimental approaches.

William H. Barnett Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

William's Google Scholar Profile here

I apply tools from applied mathematics to model neural circuitry involved in animal behavior. I am interested in the neural dynamics of decision making as well as neuromuscular control of breathing and other rhythmic motor processes.

Shelby M. White M.S.

Graduate Student

Twitter: @ShelbyMWhite1

Shelby is interested in studying the neural mechanisms of maladaptive decision making. Her research has been focused on using optogenetic and electrophysiological approaches to manipulate and record neural activity during decision making tasks to better understand the computations that characterize maladaptive decisions.

Colleen McGonigle

Graduate Student


I’m interested in understanding the shared neural bases of posttraumatic stress disorder and alcohol use disorder at the computational and molecular levels.

Seth Weir

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Twitter: @SethWeir1

I am currently pursuing a B.S. in neuroscience with minors in mathematics and computer science. In the future I plan to pursue graduate school for neuroscience with a focus on programs that have a strong computational component.

Former Lab Members

Hayley Drozd

MD-PhD Student

Hayley is an MD-PhD student at IUSM. Her PhD project investigates neural mechanisms of impulsivity and social memory using a preclinical model of ADHD and autism. She plans to pursue a residency in pediatrics and continue research in developmental disorders.

Emanuela De Falco Ph.D.

Former: Postdoctoral Fellow

Current: Scientist, EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne), Switzerland

Current profile here

Emanuela was a member of the Lapish Lab from 2017 to 2019. During this time, she worked on different projects investigating complex behaviors in rodents using both behavioral paradigms and high-density electrophysiological recordings from the medial prefrontal cortex. She is a physicist by training, and holds a PhD in Bio-Engineering from the University of Leicester (UK). She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) investigating of the neural basis of bodily self-consciousness and its link to cognitive processes through intracranial recordings in humans.

Aqilah M. McCane Ph.D.

Former: Graduate Student

Current: Postdoctoral Fellow, Oregon Health & Science University

Current profile is here

David N. Linsenbardt Ph.D.

Former: Postdoctoral Fellow

Current: Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Current profile is here

Sarine S. Janetsian-Fritz Ph.D.

Former: Graduate Student

Current: Senior Medical Writer, Medical + Scientific Strategy, BluPrint Oncology

Maxym Myroshnychenko Ph.D.

Former: Graduate Student

Current: Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institutes of Health

Current profile is here