Our Team

Our Team

Antonieta Lavin sitting in front of a microscope

Antonieta Lavin, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor
Department of Neuroscience
173 Ashley Avenue, BSB 410B
Charleston, SC 29425
843-792-6799

Dr. Lavin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr.Lavin earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the Universidad Veracruzana in Veracruz, Mexico (CT) and her Ph.D. from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She completed her postdoctoral training at University of Pittsburgh in the area of Neuroscience.

Monserrat (Mona) Armenta-Resendiz

Monserrat (Mona) Armenta-Resendiz

Postdoctoral Fellow
173 Ashley Avenue, BSB 408
Charleston, SC 29425

Degree(s): B.S in Psychology from the Metropolitan University in Mexico, PhD in Neurosciences from the Centro de Investigations Avanzadas del IPN (CINVESTAV) Mexico in 2018.

Monserrat received her Ph.D degree at the Center of Research and Advanced Studies, National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City. She was working in understanding the relation between neuroinflammation and addiction. Currently at MUSC, her work focuses on understanding the mechanism underlying the effects of methamphetamine in the physiology of the mPFC and the relation between cognitive deficits and abuse of substances. She is using electrophysiology techniques, behavioral assessment and biomolecular approaches. Outside the lab Monserrat enjoy playing chess and martial arts and riding her bicycle close to the ocean.

Former Team Members

Devesh Mishra, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar 

Jose Pena-Bravo
Graduate Student 

Jose received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey in 2010. After graduating, Jose attended UNC-Chapel Hill's PREP program and joined Dr. Thomas Kash’s lab. In 2011, he joined Dr. Antonieta Lavin's lab as a student in the Neuroscience Ph.D. program. His current project focuses on understanding the role of prefrontal cortical calcium-permeable AMPA receptors in mediating relapse to cocaine-seeking in rats.

Jessica Breedlove

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Clemson University. Following graduation, Jessica was accepted into MUSC’s PREP program and joined Dr. Lavin’s lab in 2015. Her current project uses fMRI to investigate the use of the drug fingolimod as a means of treating the cognitive deficits present in mice models of Schizophrenia. The results of this study can hopefully be translated to human treatment of Schizophrenia in the future. Following her completion of the PREP program, Jessica plans to pursue her Ph.D. in Neuroscience.