Group Members

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Pharmacology

Postdoc,   Snyder Lab

                      Dawson Lab 

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

PhD, Cell Biology

Engelhardt Lab

University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

MBBCh, Medicine & Surgery

Msc, Histology & Genetics

Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt


Tolu Adelaja 

High School Intern

I am a senior in high school and was introduced to biomedical research through my biotechnology course at the Howard County Applications and Research Laboratory. I am excited to learn more about neuroscience and strengthen my laboratory skills.

Adedola Adebamowo

Graduate Student (rotation)

Adedola obtained her BSc in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics from Towson University in May 2022. Her undergraduate research focused on the characterization of small proteins and the confirmation of the start codons of previously identified small proteins. Additionally, Adedola partnered with the All of Us research program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to analyze anxiety levels and its prevalence in underrepresented populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Fall 2022, she became a Biochemistry and Molecular Biology PhD student. Outside of lab, Adedola enjoys photography, listening to music, dancing, and improving her culinary skills.

America Bustos Segura

Graduate Student (rotation)

America graduated with BA.s in Psychology with a minor in Biology from California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB) in May 2022. Her undergraduate research focused on the effects of adolescent sucrose exposure on oxycodone/cocaine self-administration in adulthood as well as on operant novelty seeking in rats. America found a passion for research in Dr. Gancarz lab at CSUB and is now continuing and expanding her learning in the Harraz Lab for her winter rotation. America is very easy to approach and is outgoing! And loves to listen to music.