Current Lab Members

Laura Been, PhD

I first became interested in Neuroscience as an undergraduate in Dr. Jill Becker’s laboratory at the University of Michigan, where I examined the impact of ovarian hormones on drug self-administration in female rats. After graduating with honors in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences (+ double major in English!), I joined the graduate programs in Psychology and Neuroscience at Georgia State University. My research in Dr. Aras Petrulis’ laboratory examined the neural regulation of social and reproductive behaviors. The skills and knowledge that I gained from my undergraduate (sex differences in drug abuse) and graduate (neural basis of reproductive behaviors) training dovetailed into my post-doctoral research in Dr. Robert Meisel’s laboratory at the University of Minnesota. There, I investigated the molecular and cellular mechanisms of plasticity following rewarding experiences. I joined the faculty in Psychology and Neuroscience at Haverford College in 2015. Here, I teach classes in Neuroscience and Psychology and have launched an independent research program examining how hormonal changes that occur during/after pregnancy can result in changes in the brain and behavior. My research program is almost entirely driven by our talented, hard-working undergraduates– mentoring students in the lab is one of the most fulfilling parts of my job.  When I am not in the lab or the classroom, I enjoy spending time with my family, baking, coffee, reading, podcasts, and living room dance parties.

Abiola Irvine '20, Thesis Student

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Sunday Candy" by Chance The Rapper, Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment.
Maeve Gaffney '20, Thesis Student

Hometown: Barrington, RI

Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Catch & Release - Deepend Remix" by Matt Simons
Claire Eckstein-Indik '20 (Bryn Mawr College), Independent Study Student

Hometown: Ardmore, PA

Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Crush" by Duckwrth
Mari Horton '19, Research Assistant

Hometown: West Chester, PA

Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Take A Chance On Me" by ABBA

Honorary Lab Members

Owen Been-Golaszewski (age 6), Weekend Lab Tech, Microscope Wizard, Dry Ice Aficionado 




Milo Been-Golaszewski (age 2.5), Weekend Lab Tech, Pipette Master, in a critical period of development

Been Lab Alumni

  • Dylan Gearinger, B.S. ’19 — pursuing PhD in Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University
  • Allie Gibbons, B.S. ’19 — Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health
  • Achint Singh, B.S. ’19 — Research Coordinator, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Hannah Wild, B.S. ’19 — Postbaccalaureate IRTA Fellow at the National Institutes of Health
  • Natalie Pisch, B.S. ’19 — Disney College Internship Program
  • Alissa Valentine, B.S. ’19 — Laboratory Manager, Northeastern University (Brenhouse Laboratory)
  • Emily O’Sullivan, B.S., ’19
  • Dayana Davila, B.S., ’19 — Research Technician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (Coulter Lab)
  • Katie Beach, B.S. ’18 — Research Assistant at Ichan School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai (Nestler Laboratory)
  • Lauren Benedetto, B.S. ’18 — pursuing M.D. at University of Connecticut
  • Paige Carson, B.S., ’18 — Medical Assistant at Aesthetic Dermatology Bala Cynwood
  • William Foster, B.S. ’18 — Laboratory Technician at University of Pennsylvania (Abdus-Saboor Laboratory)
  • Liz Heaton, B.S. ’18 — pursuing Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Emory University
  • Taylor Levine, B.S. ’18 — Clinical Research Coordinator, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Rose Glass, B.S. ’17 –pursuing Ph.D. in Neuroscience at University of North Carolina
  • Claudia Amaral, B.S. ’17 — pursuing M.D. at Ponce Health Sciences University, Puerto Rico
  • Rachel Lee, B.A. ’17 – Human Resources Specialist, Main Line Surgical Center, Haverford, PA
  • Clio Bodie, B.A. ’17 — pursuing M.A. in Education at Bank Street School
  • Breanna D’Antonio, B.A. ’17 — Pursuing M.S. in Social Work at University of Pennsylvania, Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania, Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program (Perlis Lab)
  • Maddie Caron, B.A. ’17 —   
  • Averi Gaines, B.A. ’17 — Pursuing PhD in Clinical Psychology at University of Massachusetts
  • Luis Acaba, B.S. ’16 — pursuing M.D. at Thomas Jefferson University
  • David Sidibe, B.A. ’16 — pursuing Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Jack Thygesen, B.S. ’16 — pursuing M.D. at Indiana University
  • Alexis Williams, B.A. ’16 — pursuing doctor of optometry (O.D.) at Southern College of Optometry
  • Bryan Wang, B.A. ’16 — pursuing M.S .in Neuroimaging and Informatics, University of Southern California
  • Harrison Van der Kloot, B.S. ’16 — pursuing M.D. and Temple University
  • Olivia Walsh, B.S., ’16 — Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania, Center for Weight and Eating Disorders (Wadden Laboratory)