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Nikki Beloate

Assistant Research Professor


  • Biomedical Engineering

W302 Millennium Science Complex





  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2010
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Neuroscience, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2016


Journal Articles

  • Lauren N Beloate and Nanyin Zhang, 2022, "Connecting the dots between cell populations, whole-brain activity and behavior", Neurophotonics, 9, (032208)
  • Kuiper B Lindsey and Lauren N Beloate, 2019, "Drug-taking in a socio-sexual context enhances vulnerability for addiction in male rats", Neuropsychopharmacology, 44, (3)
  • Lauren N Beloate and Lique M Coolen, 2017, "Influences of social reward experience on behavioral responses to drugs of abuse: Review of shared and divergent neural plasticity mechanisms for sexual reward and drugs of abuse.", Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 83, pp. 356-372
  • Lauren N Beloate, 2016, "Ventral tegmental area dopamine cell activation during male rat sexual behavior regulates neuroplasticity and d-Amphetamine cross-sensitization following sexual abstinence", Journal of Neuroscience, 36, (38), pp. 9949-9961
  • Lauren N Beloate, 2015, "Nucleus accumbens NMDA receptor activation regulates amphetamine cross-sensitization and deltaFosB expression following sexual experience in male rats", Neuropharmacology, 101, pp. 154-164
  • Kyle K Pitchers, Caroline M Coppens and Nikki Beloate, 2014, "Endogenous opioid-induced neuroplasticity of dopaminergic neurons in the ventral tegmental area influences natural and opiate reward", Journal of Neuroscience, 34, (26), pp. 8825-8836
  • Rusty Nall and Lauren N Beloate, , "Assessing Combined Effects of Varenicline and N-acetylcysteine on Reducing Nicotine Seeking in Rats", Addiction Biology

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

  • Committee Work, Committee Member, Faculty Selection Committee, Schreyer Honors College, Schreyer Honors College's Faculty Selection Committee, December 2022 - December 2022

Service to External Organizations:




The Department of Biomedical Engineering administers the undergraduate major in biomedical engineering, and is a part of the university-wide Intercollege Graduate Degree Program, offering both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Bioengineering. Our work combines traditional engineering principles with medicine and technology for the betterment of human health and society. 

Department of Biomedical Engineering

122 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-863-6614