Current Trainees

The Alcohol Research Program is home to graduates students from several different graduate departments and programs of the Graduate College of Loyola University Chicago.

Our students are enrolled in graduate programs in Cell Biology, Neuroanatomy and Anatomy.  Students from the program in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and the program in Neuroscience are also housed at the institute.

There are also postdoctoral fellows working in laboratories within the ARP.


Niya Morris, BS

  • DegreeBS, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  • Research: The role of microRNAs in gut bamie disruption after alcohol and burn injury.
  • Mentor: Mashkoor A. Choudhry, PhD
  • Current Position: 2014-date. Graduate Student, Integrative Cell Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL
  • Email: nmorris@luc.edu

Philip Roper, BS

  • Degree: BS, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
  • Research: Effects of alcohol on the Wnt signaling pathway in bone fracture healing.
  • Mentor: John J. Callaci, PhD
  • Current Position: 2008-date. Graduate Student, Integrative Cell Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL
  • Email: proper@luc.edu

Jennifer A. Schreiber, BS

  • Degree: BS, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Research: Mechanism of omega-3 fatty acid protection from binge ethanol-induced neurodegeneration in rat hippocampal-entorhinal cortex organotypic slice culture 
  • Mentor: Michael A. Collins, PhD
  • Current Position: 2015-date. Graduate Student, Neuroscience, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL
  • Email: jschreiber2@luc.edu

Audrey Torcaso

  • Degree: BA, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI
  • Research: The effects of adolescent binge alcohol exposure on the response to stress in adulthood. 
  • Mentor: Toni Pak, PhD
  • Current Position: PhD Candidate, Integrative Cell Biology, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL 
  • Email: ahenning2@luc.edu 

Maria Camargo, BS ‌

  • Degree: Ph.D. State Univeristy of New York Upstate, Syracuse, NY
  • Research: The consequences of alcohol on miR29a function and biosynthesis in the adolescent brain
  • Mentor: Toni Pak, PhD
  • Current Position: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Cell and Molecular Physiology, Loyola Univeristy Chicago, Maywood, IL
  • Email: mcamargo@luc.edu