Nikki Crowley, PhD
Departments of Biology and Biomedical Engineering
Penn State University
Office: 326 Mueller Lab
Lab: 316 Mueller Lab
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.
Dr. Crowley is a Washington, DC native and forever East-coaster. 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 (IRTA) 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 School of Medicine 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 has two kids, Harrison and Alice, and a fish named Fishy. She has no hobbies - check back post tenure.