Lucas Stezik

Lucas Stezik

Title: IB PhD Student
Dept/Program: Biology


My primary interests are social behavior and neurophysical phenomena, specifically empathy and the mechanism by which time is experienced as linear unidirectional phenomena.  

As an undergraduate in the biochemistry and molecular biology program at the College of Wooster my research focus was cellular mechanisms of metastasis inhibition in adult breast cancer cells. 

While a research associate at the University of Akron, I studied a variety of topics in neurobiology including:

  • the effect of surgical manipulation of estrogen receptor on social behavior,
  • post-traumatic stress disorder,
  • opioid addiction,
  • maternal behavior, and 
  • the effects of estrogen mimetic environmental contaminants on social behavior. 

As a Ph.D. student at the University of Akron, my primary focus has been on early social experience and the role of oxytocin and vasopressin in adult behavior of highly social prairie voles. During this time I have also lead projects investigating the effects of a puzzle-based pedagogy on learning outcomes, and collaborated with graduates and undergraduates in the computer science department on a number of bioinformatics projects. 

My most recent collaboration has been an attempt to model the instantaneous specific gravity of behavioral thought patterns using physical constants, histological data, and electrophysiology data. 


B.A., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Akron