Doctoral Graduate Students

Azaria Anderson

Lab  Rotations: Heather N. Richardson, Mariana Pereira


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Wayne Barnaby

B.S. degree in Biology from Westfield State College, May 2017
Advisor: Gerald B. Downes
Downes Lab

Research Interests: The structure and function of synaptic and extrasynaptic receptors that regulate motor function and locomotion. Currently targeting GABA receptor subunits with CRISPR gene editing in order to characterize their role in various forms of epilepsy.
Jessica Caballero-Feliciano

Jessica Caballero-Feliciano

B.A., Psychology, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, 2014
Advisor: David E. Moorman
Moorman Lab

Research Interests: Neurobiological and anatomical mechanisms underlying response execution and inhibition, decision making and working memory.
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Jennifer Christensen

Smith College
Advisor: Annaliese Beery
Beery Lab

Research Interests: Neuroendocrinology of social behavior

Erika Correll

B.A. in Neuroscience, Smith College, 2016

Lab Rotations: Karine Fenelon, Joe Bergan


Research Interests: I am interested in the role of serotonin and inhibitory transmission in sensory gating mechanisms. I am particularly curious as to how these mechanisms may differ in schizophrenic and autistic brains.
Emma Dauster

Emma Dauster

B.S., Biology, Case Western Reserve University, May 2017
Advisor: Elena Vazey
Vazey Lab

Research Interests: Sex differences in neural circuits regulating attention, specifically through norepinephrine release from the locus coeruleus. Using DREADD chemogenetics to create an ADHD model

Natasha De La Rosa

B.S., Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences, University of Houston, 2015

Advisor: Rosie Cowell

Cowell Lab

Research Interests: Visual attention and perception in humans

Cassandra Delvey

Lab Rotations: Rosie Cowell, Rebecca Spencer


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Sarah Dickinson

Lab Rotations: Stephanie Padilla, Sarah Pallas


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Joseph Dwyer

B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Umass Amherst 2017 and B.S., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Umass Amherst 2017
Advisor: Joseph Bergan
Bergan Lab

Research Interests: Determining how memories are formed in the brain on a circuit level

Melise Edwards

B.S. in Biology and French, Appalachian State, 2013

Advisor: Agnes Lacreuse

Lab Website

Research Interests: I'm interested in studying sex hormones, cognition and sex differences in aging.
Adaeze Egwuatu

Adaeze Egwuatu

B.S. Psychology, University of Florida, December 2011
Advisor: Jennifer McDermott
McDermott Lab

Research Interests: The neural mechanisms underlying self-regulation in typical and atypical populations throughout development

John Hernandez

B.S. Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, May 2010
M.S. Biology, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, August 2012
Advisor: David E. Moorman
Moorman Lab

Research Interests: Behavioral, Electrophysiological, and Molecular mechanisms underlying sexually dimorphic behavior

Wanyun Huang

B.S. Medicine (MD Equivalent), Zhejiang University, China, June 2017

Rotations with Agnes Lacreuse, Karine Fenelon, Luke Remage-Healey

Research Interests: Neurological/psychiatric disorders

Len Jacob

B.S. Biology, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil, 2013
Advisor: David E. Huber
Huber Lab

Research Interests: Vision and memory
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Kyle Kainec

BS, Neuroscience, The Ohio State University 2017
Advisor: Rebecca Spencer 
Spencer Lab

Research Interests: I am currently using fMRI and EEG to investigate the effects of sleep on procedural memory consolidation, and how this process changes across normal healthy aging

Beata Kaminska-Kordowska

B.S. in Developmental Neuropsychology, B.A. in Spanish Communication. University of Connecticut, May 2014
Advisor: David E. Moorman 
Moorman Lab

Research Interests: The role of appetitive and aversive conditioning in the neural mechanisms of learning

Hyejoo Kang

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Julia LaValley

Bachelor of Arts in Psychological Science (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2016) and Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2016)

Lab Rotations: Paul Katz, Luke Remage-Healey

Research Interests: I am interested in the unique behavior of animals and the neural circuitry that lets animals do the amazing things that they do.
Nicole Lee

Nicole Lee

B.A., Biology & English, Cornell University, May 2015
Advisor: Annaliese Beery
Beery Lab

Research Interests: Neuroendocrinology, social behavior, neuropeptides
Matheus Macedo-Lima

Matheus Macedo-Lima

B.S. Biology, Federal University of Sergipe, Brazil, October 2013
Advisor: Luke Remage–Healey
Remage-Healey Lab

Research Interests: Evolutionary neurobiology/endocrinology, song learning and songbird development
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Miriam Munoz

Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014-2015.
B.A. in Psychology and Spanish, San DIego State University, 2014.
Advisor: Lisa Sanders 
Sanders Lab

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Kate Otter

B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Mathematical Biology, Colorado State University, Ft. Collins, 2018

Advisor: Paul Katz

Katz Lab

Research Interests: Computational and evolutionary neuroscience with sea slugs

Narciso Pavon

Lab  Rotations: Lisa Sanders, ChangHui Pak

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Phoenix Quinlan

B.S., Neuroscience, The Ohio State University 2017
Advisor: Paul S. Katz
Katz Lab

Research Interests: Invertebrate neuroethology
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Ramiro Eduardo Rea Reyes

B.S., Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, México, 2010-2014
Advisor: Youngbin Kwak
Kwak Lab

Research Interests: Decision making, heuristic use development

R. Madison Riffe

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Ellen Rodberg

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Sumire Dorothy Sato

B.S. Human Physiology, Boston University, May 2012
D.P.T., Physical Therapy, Emory University School of Medicine, May 2016
Advisor: Julia T. Choi
Choi Lab

Research Interests: Motor learning, motor control

Rebecca Sebastian

Advisor: ChangHui Pak
Pak Lab


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Andrea Silva-Gotay

B.S. Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras, 2014
Advisor: Heather N. Richardson
Richardson Lab

Research Interests: I am interested in adolescent brain development and how drugs of abuse, especially alcohol, can interfere with the normal course of myelination during this period.

Benjamin Slay

B.S. Clinical Research, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2018
Rotation Labs: Elena Vazey, Sarah Pallas



Research Interests: How endogenous and exogenous psychoactive chemicals modulate the nervous system on molecular and behavior levels
Francesca Walsh

Francesca Walsh

B.S. in Economics, Neurobiology, Economic Decision-Making, and Social Systems, UMass Amherst, May 2018
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, UMass Amherst, Sept. 2019

Advisor: Youngbin Kwak
Lab  Website

Research Interests: Neural mechanisms underpinning monetary choices and the role of risk and social pressure in economic decision-making
Sarah Winokur

Sarah Winokur

B.A., Neuroscience, Smith College, 2015
Advisor: Mariana Pereira

Research Interests: Neurobiological mechanisms underlying social behaviors, with a particular focus on maternal behavior and postpartum depression
Jonathan Woodson

Jonathan Woodson

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