Current Lab Members


Paul R. Burghardt, PhD


Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition & Food Science, Wayne State University


MS: University of South Carolina, School of Public Health, Department of Exercise Science.

PhD: University of South Carolina, School of Medicine, Biomedical Sciences Program, Neuroscience Focus Group.

Post-doctoral fellow: Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience Institute and Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan.

Research Interests

            • The neurohormonal and behavioral correlates of obesity and weight-loss
            • The influence of aerobic capacity on mood, metabolism, motivation, and stress-system reactivity
            • Neuropeptide regulation of energy management and behavior

Doctoral Students

Andrew NeffAndrew is a PhD student in the Translational Neuroscience Program at Wayne State University. Andrew was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan.

He completed his B.A. in political science at Michigan State University, and anticipates his PhD in 2019. His research involves evaluating gut brain

interactions, as well as applying exosome isolation methods for analyzing brain derived exosomes in blood.

Kasia Nowak, MS

Armita Bahadori

Lab Alumni

Katlin Chappelle, BSResearch Assistant and Project Coordinator

Christin Samona

Maryssa Gilbert

Yu-Lyu Yeh, PhD

Carolyn Archer, MSc

Carolyn has Masters of Science in Epidemiology and over 9 years of experience in public health research. Her experience includes planning and managing research studies, training staff, recruiting and consenting patients, as well as conducting patient interviews and extracting data from medical records. She also has experience in conducting literature reviews, data analysis and preparing research proposals for external funding and manuscripts for publications. As a researcher in Dr. Paul Burghardt’s lab, she is managing a study examining the effects of aerobic fitness on brain function. Her primary area of interest is in nutrition and the prevention of chronic conditions. She is currently in the process of completing the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Wayne State University.