Doctoral Graduate Students

Azaria Anderson

Advisor: Mariana Pereira

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Michael Bahiru

B.S., Psychology/Neuroscience and French Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2018

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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.
Liz  Beech

Liz Beech

BS in Biology, University of Kansas, '12

Research Interests: The function, development, and evolution of neural circuits underlying cognition
Annabelle Flores Bonilla

Annabelle Flores Bonilla

BS in Biology, Pontifical Catholic Univ of Puerto Rico, 2019

Research Interests: Neuronal maladaptive reward and stress mechanisms implicated in addiction. Interested in sex differences, glial cell interactions, and development of brain structures involved in decision-making processes.  
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
Felipe Cini

Felipe Cini

Research Interests: Song learning, neuroendocrinology
B.S. Biology, Federal University of Parana, Brazil,
2016; M.S. Psychobiology, Federal University of Rio
Grande do Norte, Brazil, 2020

Research Interests: Song learning, neuroendocrinology
Erika  Correll

Erika Correll

B.A. in Neuroscience, Smith College, 2016
Advisor: Karine Fenelon

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.
Hannah Cournoyer

Hannah Cournoyer

B.S. Neuroscience, Bay Path University, 2020

Research Interests: Sex differences and sex hormones in the brain  
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

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

Cassandra Delvey

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Sarah Dickinson

Sarah Dickinson

Advisor: Joe Bergan

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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

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
Brennan Falcy

Brennan Falcy

B.S. in Neuroscience, UCLA, 2018

Research Interests: How astrocytes affect and are affected by pathophysiological states including circadian disruption and inflammation  

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
Hyejoo Kang

Hyejoo Kang

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Julia LaValley

Julia LaValley

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

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
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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: Jennifer Mack
Faculty Page

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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

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Greg L. Pearson

Advisor: Ilia Karatsoreos
Karatsoreos Lab Website
B.A. Exercise Science, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
M.S. Biology, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests: Using the circadian clock as a tool to understand neuroimmune responses to pathogens.
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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

R. Madison Riffe

Advisor: Gerry Downes

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Ellen Rodberg

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

Rebecca Sebastian

B.S., Biomedical Sciences (2017) and M.S., Biology (2019) - Arizona State University
Advisor: ChangHui Pak
Pak Lab

Research Interests: Neurodevelopment, specifically the biochemical and cellular mechanisms that govern the functions of a developing cerebral cortex that contribute to the understanding of neuropsychiatric diseases

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

Benjamin Slay

B.S. Clinical Research, University of North Carolina Wilmington, 2018
Advisor: Elena Vazey

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
Jennifer Wang

Jennifer Jiexin Wang

B.S. in Biology, minor in Chemistry, Brandeis University, 2015

Research Interests: Desynchronization of circadian rhythms and molecular mechanisms contributing to our circadian clocks  
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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