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.

Dylan Gearinger '19 
Hometown: Nescopeck, Pennsylvania
Contribution to Lab Playlist:"Nine in the Afternoon" by Panic! At the Disco
Allie Gibbons '19
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Ophelia" by The Lumineers
Kagan Harris '21
Hometown: Ipswich, MA
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Thunderstruck" by AC/DC
Achint Singh '19
Hometown: Shrewsberry, MA
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Body" by Loud Luxury
Hannah Wild '19
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "American Boy" by Estelle
Natalie Pisch '19 
Hometown: Bluebell, PA 
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "End Game" by Taylor Swift
Alissa Valentine '19 
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Love$ick" by Mura Masa/A$ap rocky
Emily O'Sullivan '19
Hometown: Purchase, NY
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "Shotgun" by George Ezra

Dayana Davilla '19
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
Contribution to Lab Playlist: "One Dance" by Drake

Honorary Lab Members

Owen Been-Golaszewski (age 5), Weekend Lab Tech, Microscope Wizard, Dry Ice Aficionado 




Milo Been-Golaszewski (age 1.5), Weekend Lab Tech, Pipette Master, in a critical period of development

Been Lab Alumni

  • 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 — Research Assistant, University of Pennsylvania Center for Psychotherapy Research
  • 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)