Meet the Team

Current Lab Members

Jennifer Donegan, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Donegan is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Dell Medical School. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the Institute for Early Life Adversity Research.

Donegan graduated magna cum laude from Texas Christian University with a B.S. in psychology. She obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Prior to joining Dell Med, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Pharmacology at the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio. Donegan has received numerous awards for her work, including a Travel Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a BRAIN Initiative Pathway to Independence Award.


Jade Wollenberg, Research Associate

Jade graduated in 2022 from the school of Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin. Her main academic interests lie in the functional neuroanatomy of psychiatric disorders. In her free time she enjoys reading, coaching kids soccer, and trying out new coffee shops in Austin.


Jamie Palmer, Graduate Student

Jamie is a graduate student in the Institute of Neuroscience. She received her B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University in 2017 and her M.S. in Neuroscience from Temple University in 2020. Her main interests lie in the effects of early life perturbations and the impacts of these stressors on development and later-life behavior. When she’s not in the lab, Jamie enjoys cooking, doing CrossFit, and playing video games on her Nintendo Switch.


Daniel San Miguel, Graduate Student

Daniel is a graduate student in the Pharmacology & Toxicology division of the Pharmaceutical Sciences PhD program. He received his B.S in Biochemistry and B.A in Psychology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in 2022. His primary research interests include studying the neural circuit dysfunctions in addiction, stress, and psychiatric disorders. Outside of the lab, he enjoys going to concerts, watching movies, and playing piano.


Megan Hall, Graduate Student

Megan is a graduate student in the Institute of Neuroscience. She received her B.S. in Neuroscience from Colorado State University in 2023. Her main interests lie in molecular and cellular underpinnings behind neuropsychiatric disorders. Outside of lab , she enjoys hiking, concerts, swimming, and exploring ice cream joints.


Jonathan Artz, Psychiatry Resident

Jonathan is a third-year psychiatry resident interested in the clinical management and pathophysiology of schizophrenia and psychotic disorders. He obtained an MD from Texas A&M College of Medicine in 2020, a MS in biomedical sciences from UNTHSC in 2015, and a BS in neurobiology from UT Austin in 2013. He has prior experience in informatics and has previously worked on both clinical and basic science projects.


Lauren Rosta, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Lauren Rosta is a Neuroscience student at the University of Texas. She hopes to study the neurological alternations underlying Axis I psychiatric illnesses, and in her free time she enjoys baking, gardening, and pretending she knows how a VPN works.


Savannah Boyen, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Savannah is a third-year Neuroscience student at the University of Texas at Austin, with a minor in Social and Behavioral Sciences. She hopes to study the neural circuitry and treatments involved in movement and psychiatric disorders. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Austin, playing with her puppy, baking, and binging TV shows.


Morgan Ouren, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Morgan is a fourth-year Neuroscience student at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, they look forward to studying the molecular basis of neurological disorders. In their free time, they enjoy rock climbing, crocheting, and traveling with their cat.


Kripa Philip, Undergraduate Research Assistant

My name is Kripa Philip and I am a freshman neuroscience major in the Polymathic Scholars Program. I am committed to continuing my journey in research and academia through experiences at UT Austin’s Freshman Research Initiative and other advanced courses. I am eager to further explore AUDs and schizophrenia and contribute meaningfully to the advancement of knowledge in this field. Beyond my research endeavors, I am actively involved in MHISA, Project Sunshine, UTIOCM, and OneWay. In my free time, I enjoy visiting coffee shops, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. My future career goals ideally embody a passion for neurological research.