ABOUT DR. NIKKI CROWLEY

Nikki Crowley, PhD

pronouns: she/her

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology

Penn State University

Office: 326 Mueller Lab

Lab: 316 Mueller Lab

EDUCATION

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow                    Penn State University                        2016-2017

PhD in Neurobiology                                   University of North Carolina              2011-2015

MA in Psychology                                        UNC Wilmington                               2008-2011

BS in Psychology (minor: Statistics)             James Madison University                 2005-2008

Dr. Crowley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Pennsylvania State University. She works at the intersection of ex vivo electrophysiology, systems neuroscience and behavioral health. Broadly, The Crowley Lab studies the cellular basis of alcohol addiction and it’s comorbidity with neuropsychiatric disorders—between sexes and across the lifespan. The lab's research agenda is motivated by a desire to understand how unique neurological insults may underlie alcohol addiction, and how age- and sex- specific treatments may be developed.

Before coming to Penn State, Dr. Crowley received her Bachelors in Psychology and Statistics, her Masters in Psychology, and was an Intramural Research Training Award Fellow at the National Institute of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. She then went on to receive her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, in Neurobiology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Bernhard Luscher in the Biology Department at PSU before joining the Department of Biobehavioral Health as an Assistant Research Professor. As of 2020, Dr. Crowley's lab is in the Department of Biology at Penn State.

Dr. Crowley is passionate about science education, outreach, and diversity in the lab. In her free time she enjoys yoga, cycling, and exploring central PA with  her husband Max and their children Harrison and Alice.

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