Dr. Crowley: runs the lab
//never has time to patch

Nikki Crowley, PhD
pronouns: she/her

Assistant Professor,
Departments of Biology and Biomedical Engineering

Penn State University
Office: 326 Mueller Lab
Lab: 316 Mueller Lab


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 Departments of Biology and Biomedical Engineering 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's current hobbies are pretending that work is a hobby, and her kids Harrison and Alice.

ND09 CamKII-hM4D PL 3-4-20.jpg
101 KOR-Gq merged 10x 4-16-19.jpg