Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Adrienne M. Antonson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor | Dept. of Animal Sciences
Rm 220A | Edward R. Madigan Laboratory (ERML)
1201 W. Gregory Dr. Urbana IL 61801
Office phone (217) 265-8430

aantnsn2@illinois.edu

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Education

Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2021) Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH
PhD (2013-2018) Immunophysiology and Behavior, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL
BS (2009-2013) Biology, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY

Bio

Dr. Antonson is from Chatham, NY, a small rural town in upstate. When she’s not in the lab, she can be found running/hiking/cycling/mountain biking, enjoying the local CU brews, listening to true crime podcasts, reading, cooking, and spoiling her two cats. Fun fact: Dr. Antonson has a twin sister named Hannah, who lives in Austin, TX and is way more hip!

 

Laboratory Manager:

Selena Wang

Education

BS (2016-2020) Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Minor in Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana IL

Bio

Selena is from Champaign, IL, born and raised amongst the cornfields. Selena enjoys the puzzle-aspect of research, solving problems and discovering new things, as well as the hands-on aspect of working in lab with other people and with animals. Outside the lab, Selena loves drawing painting (both digital and traditional!) and pottery, all while listening to podcasts. You can find her in the library, or on nature walks outside.

PhD Students:

Meghan Connolly 

Education

BA (2014-2018) Psychology, Minors in Chemistry and Neuroscience, University of North Carolina Wilmington

MA (2019-2021) Psychological Sciences, University of North Carolina Wilmington

PhD (2021-current) Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Bio

Meghan is from Winston Salem, NC. When Meghan is not in the lab she is spending time with her pup Frankie, enjoying the outdoors, or reading.

Rafael J. Gonzalez-Ricon

Education

BSc. (2005-2011) Biochemistry, Universidad de la Republica (UDELAR), Uruguay.

BSc. (2013-2015) Clinical Biochemistry, Universidad de la Republica (UDELAR), Uruguay.

MSc. (2020-2021) Neuroimmunology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL.

PhD (2021-current) Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Bio

Rafael was born in Uruguay and grew up in a small town called “Olimar”, where he developed his passion for science and rugby. Rafael enjoys being with his family. Outside of the lab, he likes to play sports and hang out with friends.

 

Ashley Otero

Education

BS (2016-2020) Biological Engineering, Minor in Biotechnology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

PhD (2020-current) Neuroscience, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

Bio

Ashley is from Carmel, Indiana, a suburb of Indianapolis. Outside of STEM, Ashley is actively involved in the performing arts and has been in competitive show choirs and theatre troupes throughout her life. During her free time, Ashley enjoys spending time with people and hanging out with her cats (despite being allergic).