Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

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Brandon Drescher

BIological Sciences, University of Southern Mississippi, Aug 2012 - Jul 2017

Marine Biology, UNC Wilmington, Aug 2009 - Jul 2011

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Marcela Fernandez-Peters

PhD, 2016, Cornell University

MSc, 2006, University of Missouri-St. Louis

BSc, 2002, Universidad de Costa Rica

Research Interests: Auditory neuroscience and neuroendocrinology
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Ahren Fitzroy

Ph.D in Neuroscience and Behavior from UMass Amherst (2013), Postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University (2013-2015)

Research Interests: Interested in how auditory learning shifts from transient changes in listening to more durable changes in the auditory system, from initial attentional modulation of cortical perception through sleep-dependent memory consolidation and eventually long-term changes in the auditory brainstem and cortex.  
Position:

Postdoctoral Research Associate,  Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, UMass Amherst (PI: Rebecca Spencer)
Postdoctoral Research Associate / Visiting Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Education, Mount Holyoke College (PI: Mara Breen)

Ahren Fitzroy Website Link
Bethany Jones

Bethany Jones

Research Interests:  I am interested in the neural processes by which sleep changes memory representations and how factors such as aging and emotional salience affect these processes.
Position:

May 2013-present, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cognition and Action Lab (PI: Dr. Rebecca Spencer), Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Paula J. Moura

Paula J. Moura

Ph.D.: General Physiology

Research Interests: Project focuses on how circadian signals are integrated with steroid signals to initiate the preovulatory surge of luteinizing hormone release.
Position:

Jully 2009-present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (Laboratory of Sandra Petersen) University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Christopher Perk

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Desmond Ramirez

Research Interests: Current research draws from the fields of animal behavior, neuroethology and molecular evolution to understand 1) how animals behave, 2) the underlying neural and genetic basis of those behaviors, and 3) the evolutionary history of those component mechanisms.
David Ross

David Ross

Research Interests: Working on combining computational and imaging methods to constrain and advance models of visual recognition and memory.
Position:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PI: Dr. Rosie Cowell)