About Us

The Burman Collaborative is made up of a dedicated team of faculty, staff and students.

Principal Investigator

Michael A Burman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Dr. Burman joined the Psychology Department at UNE in 2009 after getting his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2006 under Dr. Jonathan Gewirtz and a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Delaware under Dr. Mark Stanton (2006-2008).  His faculty page can be found here.


Seth Davis, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Davis is a post-doctoral fellow in the Collaborative who brought experience in sex differences and pain and is interested in how to integrate this with our neonatal pain model.  In addition to this Seth is helping to develop our genetic rat model to be able to manipulate the CRF system and understand its role in neonatal pain and subsequent outcomes.  Outside of lab, Seth enjoys exploring Maine’s natural environment, bicycling, running, and camping. 

Jared Zuke, B.S.

Lab Manager

After completing his bachelor’s degree at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, his passion for scientific discovery and the outdoors brought him back home to Maine. When he’s not in the lab researching, scheduling, and experimenting, he spends his time in the mountains.

Graduate Student

Current Students

Mariah Berchulski

Neuroscience ’21

Mariah is the quintessential baker-scientist.  When not in the lab making discoveries, she definitely in the kitchen concocting yummy treats.  

Skyler McComas

Neuroscience ’21

Skyler is a wicked athlete and future scientist who is interested in both the physical and chemical affects of trauma on both the brain and body. She’d much rather scare rats than be scared by them.  Always busy, she is also a member of the UNE Women’s Lacrosse team and can be found doing homework, working out, eating, or listening to music.

Ella DiTomaso

Neuroscience ’21
Ella is majoring in neuroscience and wants to do research on Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Dementia, and other diseases of the brain in her future career. Not only is she a part of the lab but she also plays defense on the UNE Women’s Lacrosse team. Some activities she loves to do besides research is exercise, lacrosse, reading, and being with family and friends. 

Lab Alumni


Alex Deal – Ph.D. program at Wake Forest

Kristen Erickson – Study Coordinator at Institute for Aging Research


Steph Shiers – Ph.D. program (UTexas at Dallas)

Brittney Bolduc – DO from UNECOM

Miles Hughes – Animal Control Officer – Baltimore County

Rose Jacobson – Ph.D. program – University of Rhode Island

Maria Kuehl – DO from UNECOM

Kerribeth Szolusha – Behavioral Modification Assistant – autism

Cassandra Simmons – lab tech in a hospital

Sara Capobianco – DO from UNECOM

Michael Leonardo – Lab tech at JAX

Erik Holmqvist – MD program – Göteborgs Universitet

Ben Sasso – Assistant at addiction treatment center

Ashley Steinis – PA program – Bay Path University

Victoria Eaton – Lab manager in academia

Jacob Rudlong – Ph.D. program U Rochester

Makaela Rice – Lab manager in academia

Joshua Schultz – Pharmacy School (UNE)

Divya Padmanabhan – D.O from UNECOM

Taylor Paquin – MSW program at UNE

Erica Russo (MS) –

Kayla Looper – Lost in the woods, waiting for graduate school.