Stacey L. Kigar a 2003 graduate of Hamilton High School and co-valedictorian of her class,  successfully defended her dissertation, “Epigenetic programming of the juvenile social brain: risk and resilience conferred by biological sex” on December 17, 2015, and was conferred her Doctorate of Philosophy in Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She began her graduate studies in 2009.

Dr. Kigar graduated in 2007 from the University of Chicago with an A.B. in Biology.

Dr. Kigar is President-elect of the international nonprofit, Graduate Women in Science.  She has published peer-reviewed scientific articles in the journals The Journal of Neuroendocrinology and Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, and has additional articles under consideration at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Brain Research.  She has also been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, the most recent of which are Seminar Competition Winner of the 11th Annual Frontiers in Pharmacology Symposium (2014); Graduate Student Travel Award, Society for Neuroscience, Professional Development Committee (2014); and Graduate Student Peer Mentor Award, The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2015).