Rosanne is a postdoc in the lab. She completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Groningen and an MSc in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University (both in the Netherlands).
During and after her Masters she spent almost 2 years working in the lab of Dr. Frank Tong at Vanderbilt University. She completed her PhD at Maastricht University with
Dr. Alexander Sack, exploring the mechanisms of visual short-term memory and how robust such memories
are against decay and interference (using psychophysics and TMS). During these years she also collaborated closely with Dr. Janneke Jehee
(Donders Institute) and Dr. Sam Ling (Boston University), using fMRI, noise masking, contrast response, and the occasional bucket of ice (!)
to look at brain and behavioral changes induced by attention. Here is Rosanne's CV.
Kirsten is a postdoc in the lab. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame, and she did undergraduate research with Dr. Bradley Gibson. She earned her Ph.D. while working with Dr. Edward Vogel and Dr. Edward Awh at the University of Oregon and at the University of Chicago. During her Ph.D., Kirsten used EEG, behavioral, and modeling methods to understand the limitations of visual working memory, and how working memory interacts with fluctuations of attention. At UCSD, Kirsten is using SSVEPs and fMRI to examine how we flexibly pay attention to relevant visual information while discarding irrelevant information. Here is Kirsten's website, where you'll find her CV and publications.
Stephanie Nelli #
Stephanie is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences graduate program. She earned her B.A. in Mathematics in 2013 from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she
worked in Dr.
Leslie Morrow's preclinical neuropharmacology lab. She is interested in the role of neural oscillations in both stimulus-evoked and internally
generated perceptions. Stephanie is currently using frequency tagged stimuli and EEG to explore feature-selective information processing through reconstruction models.
Vy Vo *
Vy is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program. In undergrad, she decided to create a Cognitive Science major to supplement her Biology major after realizing she
had accidentally taken most of the relevant coursework (just because it was cool and interesting). She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2011 and
moved to Rochester to do research with Dr. Jessica Cantlon on numbers, metacognition, and math in children and adults. Now she is interested in understanding neural coding in sensory systems and how this
information is used in a variety of cognitive behaviors. In her spare time, she pursues various domestic geek hobbies (knitting, sewing, etc.), picks up heavy stuff, and sometimes writes. Here is Vy's CV.
Chaipat Chunharas, M.D.
Chaipat is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the Psychology department. Before that, he was a neurologist in a university hospital in Thailand. Learning
and teaching neurology gave him a chance to help others and (some) understanding of how the brain works, however, he found far more questions
than answers. He then decided to come to UCSD and spend a year working with Prof. Eric Halgren studying visual perception (esp. face perception) by various intracranial recording techniques (e.g. macroelectrode, laminar recording, Utah array). He is interested in studying perception, multi-sensory integration,
illusions using multimodal approaches namely psychophysic analysis, electrophysiology, fMRI, rTMS and lesion studies. Even though he has not yet found all of the answers, he
enjoys science, sunny beaches, seals, his first baby, and lovely friends.
Nuttida is a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences graduate program. She earned her B.S. in Neuroscience and Mathematics from Middlebury College in 2014, where she
worked with Dr. Jason Arndt on how emotional arousal affects the encoding and consolidation processes of
visual memory. Now, she is interested in understanding how visual attention and
expectation influence decision-making. She enjoys playing bridge, running, drawing
cartoons, and meeting new people, especially those who can sit still for hours
with small eye blinks in the EEG room.
Maggie is a fourth year Ph.D student in the Neurosciences graduate program at UCSD. She earned her B.S. in Biological Sciences from Cornell University,
where she worked in Dr. Rob Raguso’s lab, studying the behavior
of a tiny parasitoid wasp species (T. ostriniae).
Now she is interested in using tools such as fMRI to understand how neural computations support human perception, particularly in the visual system.
When she’s not working, Maggie enjoys running, cooking, drawing, and making origami.
Anna Shafer Skelton *
Anna is a second-year student in the Psychology Department. She earned her B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology at Washington University, where she worked with Dr. Richard Abrams. In the Harvard Vision Lab, she worked with Drs. Tim Brady and George Alvarez . She also worked as a lab manager in Dr. Julie Golomb's lab, where she explored visual processing across eye movements. She is currently interested in the content and temporal dynamics of short-term memory representations, as well as how different aspects of natural scenes may be remembered across eye movements. In her spare time, although she's become sidetracked from her goal of learning to surf, she has found many other fun things to do: drinking coffee, running, learning things on Duolingo, and more recently, board games.
Angus is a second-year student in the Psychology department. Originally from New Zealand, he received a BSc and BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Statistics from Victoria University of Wellington. There he worked with Dr. Gina Grimshaw studying how attention and cognitive control interact with emotion, and with Tirta Susilo studying how we perceive and recognize faces. At UCSD, he hopes to learn more about the neural mechanisms that underlie perception, attention, and working memory, and how these processes are involved in constructing our perceptual experience. Outside the lab, Angus listens to too many podcasts about TV and politics, occasionally swing dances, and tries to learn how to speak like an American.
Tim is a second year Ph.D. student in the Neurosciences Graduate Program. He earned his B.A. in Bioengineering at Union College (NY) where he did research with Dr. Takashi Buma developing optical imaging techniques. To transition into neuroscience, Tim worked at the NIH as a post-bac under Dr. Kareem Zaghloul studying individual differences in learning and memory. At UCSD, Tim is currently studying the role of sensory cortex in the encoding and storage of memories. When he’s not staring at a computer, Tim enjoys rock climbing, making eggplant parm, and a good riddle.
Sunyoung is a first-year student in the Psychology department. She earned her B.A. in Psychology and M.S. in Cognitive Sciences at Yonsei University, where she worked with Dr. Do-Joon Yi, on the effects of familiarity on memory. She also worked as a lab manager in Dr. Won Mok Shim’s lab, studying various effects of feedback on visual perception and how they are reflected in the brain using fMRI. At UCSD, she is excited to continue her research on neural mechanisms underlying top-down influences, such as attention or expectation, on perception. In her spare time, she enjoys watching/analyzing horror movies, dancing, and exploring local breweries.
* = NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipient
** = Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) recipient
# = National Defense Science and Engineering (NDSEG) Graduate Fellowship recipient
Undergraduate and volunteer research assistants
Kelvin Lam - Lab Manager
Ahana Chakraborty - Regent's Scholar
Manuel Chavez Romo