Research Team

Ann Marie Torregrossa

Ann-Marie Torregrossa, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Dr. Torregrossa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is also affiliated with the Neuroscience and the Evolution, Ecology and Behavior Programs.

Dr. Torregrossa received her masters in Conservation Biology from Columbia University in 2004, followed by her doctorate in Biology at the University of Utah in 2009. She completed postdoctoral training with Lisa Eckel at Florida State University, after which she became an Assistant in Psychology at the same university. She then joined the faculty at the University at Buffalo in 2015.

Contact information: B74 Park Hall,, 716-645-0354

Kristen Kay, Research Manager

Kristen Kay made all Dr. Torregrossa’s dreams come true by moving from sunny Florida to chilly Buffalo to be her research manager and run her lab.

Kristen studied biological sciences at Florida State University and has spent seven years cultivating her numerous lab skills under the tutelage of various distinguished professors. Despite the allure of working with saliva, Kristen does have aspirations to continue her education in the medical field.

Contact information: B87b Park Hall,, 716-645-0229

Laura Martin

Laura Martin, Graduate Researcher

Laura Martin was born in Kansas City and spent 18 relatively unremarkable years there before moving to Tallahassee to pursue a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences. At FSU, Laura met Dr. Torregrossa (who prefers to be called Ann-Marie) where she discovered her deep and abiding love of scientific research.

After several years working with Ann-Marie, Laura wanted to continue studying taste, so Ann-Marie asked her to move to Buffalo. Laura is currently a graduate student in the Psychology department, and enjoys talking about saliva and spending time with her adorable dog.

Contact information: B80 Park Hall,, 716-645-0229

Laura Martin

Kimberly James, Graduate Researcher

Kim earned her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. There she did some drug discrimination work with operant chambers and was part of an addiction laboratory studying alcohol. While her time in UWEC did include training Prince Mint the Third to play rat basketball, studying abroad in England, and floating down the Chippewa River, it was time to move for graduate school. 

Thus, she chose to work with Dr. Torregrossa at UB after having a great interview while also missing out on one of the biggest snow storms Wisconsin saw that winter. Kim is now a graduate student in the Psychology Department. She plans to complete a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience and learn about research involving saliva and ingestive behaviors.

Contact information: B80 Park Hall,, 716-645-0229