Dr. Leah M. Pyter, Ph.D. (PI)

Associate Professor of the Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research

Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health and Neuroscience

Comprehensive Cancer Center, Cancer Control Group

Hails from Chicago.  Training includes B.S. and M.S. in Biology (Reproductive Endocrinology) from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana under the mentorship of Dr. Janice Bahr.  Ph.D. in Neuroscience (Behavioral) from the Ohio State University under the mentorship of Dr. Randy Nelson.  Post-Doc in Biological Psychology at the University of Chicago under the mentorship of Dr. Brian Prendergast.  Visiting Research Assistant Professorship in the Wound Healing Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the mentorship of Drs. Phillip Marucha, Christopher Engeland, and Luisa DiPietro.

Pyter CV (12/2020)

Dr. Pyter at Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017

Neuroscience outreach: Dr. Pyter gives 4th graders hands-on experience with real brains of all species thanks to OSU’s NEURO group.






Dr. Hal Paz, CEO & Chancellor for Health Affairs at OSU, visits the Pyter Lab 2020




Dr. Pyter as an OSUCOM new R01 awardee 2018


Dr. Pyter presenting research program to OSU Wexner Medical Board Feb 2018

Video created by Dr. Pyter to help COVID19 testing at OSU


Grad Students:

Lindsay Strehle – Ph.D.

Lauren Otto – M.D./Ph.D.



Yonaida Valentine – Ph.D.

Melina Seng – M.S.



Pritika Sharma – Neuro

Vani Varma – Neuro


Former Pyter Lab Members and their subsequent role:

Dr. Corena Grant (post-doc 2019-2022): Field Scientist, Molecular Devices

Dr. Kathryn Russart (post-doc 2018-2020): Assistant Professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead


Nicklaus Halloy (MS student/tech 2020-2022): PhD student, Ohio State University

Kyle Sullivan (grad student 2015-2020): post-doc at Oak Ridge National Lab

Jessica Santos (grad student 2017-2018): post-doc at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Kelley Jordan (grad student 2017-2018): technician in Portland


Olivia Wilcox (tech 2019-2021): MS student and data analyst

Ashley Lahoud (tech 2017-2019): PhD student at Kent State

Jasskiran Kaur (undergrad then tech 2014-2019): medical student Toledo

Savannah Bever (undergrad then tech 2014-2017): PhD student at Berkeley

Annemarie Krug (tech 2016): PhD student at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Hsin-Yun Lin (tech 2014-2016): PhD student at Oregon Health and Sciences


SCN Courtesy of K. Sullivan

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science.

-Albert Einstein