Meg Fox, PhD

Principal Investigator

Meg received a BA in Chemistry and Biology from Florida Gulf Coast University in 2009 under Dr. Jose Barreto. She received a Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016 under Dr. Mark Wightman, studying adaptations in in vivo catecholamine signaling. Meg then completed postdoctoral training at the University of Maryland School of Medicine with Dr. Mary Kay Lobo in 2020, studying cell-type specific molecular mechanisms in stress and substance use. Meg is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, and the Department of Pharmacology at Penn State College of Medicine.

Outside of the lab Meg enjoys traveling, playing music, creative vegetarian cooking, craft beer, and spending time with her two cats Sambuca and Amstel. ​

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Logan Fox

Research Technician

Logan received a B.S. in Neuroscience from Lebanon Valley College under Dr. Deanna Dodson. He has been in a variety of different works during his undergraduate studies including Rattus norvegicus trainability to tasks using clicker training, gene mapping and linkage of the X-chromosome in Drosophila melanogaster, and most recently serotonin transporters in canine, specifically Single-nucleotide polymorphism rs24602000 and it’s role in non-social fear responses. Logan joined the lab in November 2021.

Outside of the lab Logan enjoys playing board games with friends, hiking, biking, building computers, and streaming a variety of different videogames.

Nicole Lookfong

Research Technician

Nicole received B.A. in Psychology at Millersville University in 2017. She is currently pursuing a B.S. in Sciences with a Life Sciences option at Penn State Harrisburg.

Nicole is interested in post-traumatic stress disorder using adult and adolescent mice to develop novel therapeutics within the endocannabinoid system. She hopes to understand better how trauma changes signaling pathways that regulate emotions, with the goal to reduce the retention of long-term fear memory associated with PTSD development. To achieve this goal, she enjoys using behavioral, molecular, cellular, and imaging to understand these changes.

Nicole enjoys working at Penn State College of Medicine because of the innovative research and the opportunities to collaborate across labs. An interesting fact about Nicole is she is a veteran from the United States Navy, and she hopes her research can help veterans and many civilian lives as well.

Outside of the lab Nicole enjoys painting, cooking, spoiling her dog, and spending time with her friends.

Alexandria (Allie) Ostman - PhD Student

Allie is a PhD student in the Anatomy program at Penn State College of Medicine. She is excited to be working on her thesis in the Fox lab.

Allie completed her B.S. at Bloomsburg University in 2018. She then worked for three years as a Research Technician in the Buchkovich Lab where she achieved two coauthor papers.

Before joining the Fox lab, Allie had an amazing opportunity to work on "Adenosine Receptor 3 Mediated Neuroprotection of Photoreceptors" in zebrafish with Dr. Stella.

Taylor Seifert

Research Assistant

December 2022

Honorary Members

Sambuca and Amstel Fox

Mabel Lookfong