I planned, coordinated, and implemented preclinical neuroscience experiments.
Worked diligently to create translational, innovative research paradigms to contribute to advances in science and improve outcomes in human health.
I collected and reviewed data, provided progress reports to my supervisor, and met research and program milestones.
I helped develop and followed experimental protocols.
I collaborated with other researchers and disciplines to broaden the scope, complexity, and quality of research being performed.
Provided technical lab training and mentorship to students and laboratory volunteers.
Wrote and published experimental methods and results in peer-reviewed journals.
Guest lectured at elementary schools, high schools, and colleges. I am able to teach very complex materials to a wide range of abilities both within the scientific community and public at large.
Gave invited oral presentations at international conferences. (co-chaired a section at the College on Problems of Drug Dependence annual meeting, San Diego, California, June 2018).
Proficient in Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, and Excel.
Familiar with statistics software programs SPSS and SAS.
Proficient in administration and scoring of the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale, for court ordered client assessments.
Collected and analyzed data in a college undergraduate population.
Completed a clinical practicum at Delta Behavioral Health; Observed and participated in giving Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Administered group therapies (both mental health and substance abuse clients)
Performed teaching assistant duties
Defended dissertation 12/6/2019
Dissertation Title: Effects of Heroin on Prosocial Behavior and its Modulation by the Anterior Insula.
Relevant Coursework: Multi-level modeling (an advanced statistics course)
ASU Barrett Honor's College Distinguished Alumni award for Early Career Achievement due to advances in opioid research, April 2019.
Selected to participate in Yale University: Innovation to Impact certificate program. (April, 2019). Entrepreneurial program to learn to take biotech innovations to market. Participation and travel awards provided.
Harry Lowell Swift Scholarship Metabolic Biology Scholarship for biotechnical innovation and advancement of human health, December 2017,
Awarded Society of Addiction Psychology research grant for Significance,
Awarded Graduate College Fellowship 2017/2018
Awarded Research Excellence Award 2016/2017
Awarded the North Carolina Governor's Institute on Substance Abuse Scholarship, August, 2014
Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Bridget Tetley award winner 2011
Arizona State University Parents Association Scholarship Award recipient 2010 and 2011
Honor's Alliance Scholarship Award 2009 and 2010
Accepted into Barrett the Honor's College at Arizona State University 2009- 2011
Tomek, S.E., Stegmann, G.M., Jackson, J.M., Pena, J., Olive, MF. (2020) Effects of heroin intake as the result of selectively lesioning the insular cortex. In preparation.
Tomek, S.E., Stegmann, G.M., Olive, M.F. (2020) Restoration of prosocial behavior in rats after
heroin self-administration via chemogenetic activation of the anterior insular cortex. Social Neuroscience
Tomek, S.E., Stegmann, G.M., Olive, M.F. (2018) Effects of Heroin on Rat Prosocial Behavior.
Addiction Biology, e-pub ahead of print.
Tomek, S.E.; Nemirovsky, N.E.; LaCrosse, A. Olive, M.F. (2013). NMDA receptor antagonists and partial agonists in the treatment of drug addiction. Pharmaceuticals, 6, 251-268.
Tomek, S.E., Noel, N (2016). Implicit and explicit marijuana expectancy effects in undergraduates (master's thesis).
Tomek, S.E., Nagoshi, C.T. (2011) Correlates of internet versus Facebook addiction.
Undergraduate Honor's Thesis.
Namba, M.D., Tomek, S.E., Olive, M.F., Beckmann, J.S., Gipson, C.D. (2017). From relapse to recovery: Forging a new understanding of cue-induced reinstatement models and their associated neural mechanisms. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 17.
Lewis, CR; Staudinger, K.; Tomek, SE; Hernandez, R.; Manning, T.; Olive, MF. (2015). Early life stress and chronic variable stress in adulthood interact to influence methamphetamine self-administration in male rats. Behavioural Pharmacology, 27, 182
Watterson, LR; Hood, LE; Sewalia, K; Tomek, SE; Yahn, SL; Johnson, CT; Wegner, S; Blough, BE; Marusich, JA; Olive, MF (2013) The reinforcing and rewarding effects of methylone, a synthetic cathinone commonly found in “bath salts” Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy, 9, 2.
Kiraly, D.D., Nemirovsky, NE, LaRese, T.P. Tomek, S.E., Yahn, S.E., Olive, M.F., Eipper, BA. (2013) Constitutive Knockout of Kalirin-7 Leads to Increased Rates of Cocaine SelfAdministration. Molecular Pharmacology, 84, 582-590.
Kufahl PR, Moore E, Halstengard C, Barabas P, Tomek SE, Nemirovsky NE, Villa A, Yahn S, Watterson LR, Hood LE, Day AO, Olive MF. (2013). Effects of the mGluR5 Negative Allosteric Modulator MTEP on Ethanol Self-administration and Ethanol Seeking: Roles of Dorsal and Ventral Medial Prefrontal Cortex. In preparation.
Taylor, S.B., Watterson, L.R., Kufahl, P.R., Nemirovsky, N.E., Tomek, S.E., Conrad, C.D., Olive, M.F. (2016). Chronic variable stress and intravenous methamphetamine self administration–Role of individual differences in behavioral and physiological reactivity to novelty. Neuropharmacology, 108, 353-363.
Kufahl PR, Halstengard C, Villa A, Barabas P, Moore E, Tomek SE, Nemirovsky NE, Watterson LR, Hood LE, Day AO, Olive MF. (ongoing). Reinstatement of Ethanol Seeking to Cues Learned Before, During and After Withdrawal: Effects of xc- Substrate NAcetylcysteine. In preparation.
Kufahl PR, Sewalia K, Halstengard C, Villa A, Barabas P, Moore E, Tomek SE, Watterson, L, Olive MF. (ongoing). Effect of Ethanol Dependence and Glutamatergic Ligands on Ethanol Intake using the Two-bottle Choice Model. In preparation.
Tomek, SE, Olive, MF. (2018). Social Influences and Animal Models of Opiate Addiction.
Animal Models for Examining Social Influences on Drug Addiction, Volume 140. Chapter
4. New York: Academic Press (I also co-edited this volume)
Burrows BT, Tomek SE, Nagy E, Popeski C, Olive MF. (2017). Pharmacology and Toxicology of Synthetic Cathinones (“Bath Salts”). Horizons in Neuroscience Research. Volume 3. Chapter 4. New York: Nova Science Publishers.
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