MindCORE Postdocs and Graduate students are trainee affiliates at the University of Pennsylvania with emerging or established records of research on topics connected to mind and brain, and who are mentored by MindCORE faculty. To become a MindCORE Postdoc or Graduate Student affiliate, please click here.

 

Annenberg School for Communication

 

Bradley Mattan
Postdoc
Social status, inequality, health outcomes, prejudice

 

Bioengineering

 

Victor Acero
Graduate student
Neural networks, tissue engineering, memory, and psychedelic neuroscience

 

Jonathan Beagan
Graduate student
Synaptogenesis, neural deveopment, neuropsychiatric disease, epigenetics

 

Ari Benjamin
Graduate student
Computational neuroscience; theories of learning; visual perception

 

John Bernabei
Graduate student
Network neuroscience, epilepsy, brain-machine interfaces, neurosurgery, neuroengineering

 

Kevin Bui
Graduate student
Rehabilitation robotics, HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, stroke rehabilitation, cognitive-motor interference

 

Liang Chen
Graduate student
Drug delivery, imaging, neural networks

 

Gabriel DiSantis
Graduate student
Tissue engineering, bioprocess design, cellular agriculture

 

Syung Hun Han
Graduate student
Microfluidics, single cell studies, immunology

 

Divya Jain
Graduate student
Injury prevention

 

Tsz Yan Lo
Graduate student
Neuroscience, Microfluidics, CRISPR

 

Yasaman Moharrer
Graduate student
Tissue engineering, mechanobiology, biofabrication

 

Patrick Mulcahey
Graduate student
Epilepsy, neuroimaging, electrophysiology, high frequency oscillations, technology, therapeutics

 

Belinda Nguyen
Graduate student
Neuroengineering (computational/experimental), neuro-related tissue engineering, traumatic brain injury

 

Christopher Olm
Graduate student
Neuroimaging, MRI, brain structure-function relationships, data processing and analysis

 

Amara Prato
Graduate student
Neuroimaging, neurostimulation, neuropsychiatric disease, mental illness therapies

 

Samantha Schumm
Graduate student
Traumatic brain injury; injury-induced changes in neuronal networks and circuitry

 

Nidhi Seethapathi
Postdoc
Data-driven and normative models of human and animal movement

 

Zoltan Simandi
Postdoc

Neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s Disease, epigenome, 3D genome, transcriptome

 

Lasya Sreepada
Graduate student
Neuroimaging, machine learning, magnetic resonance, clinical medicine

 

Biology

 

Aloysius Low
Postdoc
Neuroscience

 

Marco Smolla
Postdoc
Cultural evolution, creative innovation, and the emergence of social norms

 

Computer and Information Science

 

Ben Boehme
Graduate student
Network science, multi-omics data science, bioinformatics, causality

 

Pooja Consul
Graduate student
Computer vision, computational linguistics

 

Jie Gao
Graduate student
Natural language processing

 

Alex Hirsch
Graduate student
Machine learning, NLP

 

Rebecca Iglesias-Flores
Graduate student
Persuasive content messaging, AI in Mental Health

 

Aditya Kashyap
Graduate student
Machine learning, natural language processing

 

Gaurav Kumar
Graduate student
Machine learning, NLP, machine translation, data mining, problem solving, software development

 

Danni Ma
Graduate student
Natural language processing, speech

 

Simmi Mourya
Graduate student
Computer vision, deep learning, machine perception

 

Liangcheng Yu
Graduate student
Computer systems and networking

 

Zemin Zhao
Graduate student
Software engineering, web development, fintech, data science

 

Computer and Information Technology

 

Logan Ayliffe
Graduate student
AI, machine learning, intersection of same and climate change, ethics in AI

 

Ruijie Cao
Graduate student
Computer science

 

Yuling Lu
Graduate student
Natural Language Processing

 

Electrical and Systems Engineering

 

Mengdi Huang
Graduate student
Natural language processing, neuroscience

 

Genetics

 

Katherine Palozola
Postdoc
Learning and memory

 

Higher Education

 

Marcus T. Wright
Graduate student
Systemic inequality in higher education

 

Linguistics

 

Jennifer Arlin
Graduate student
Historical linguistics

 

Spencer Caplan
Graduate student
Computational linguistics, language acquisition, language processing, cognitive modeling, psycholinguistics, NLP

 

Ava Creemers
Graduate student
Psycholinguistics, lexical processing, morphological processing

 

Jordan Kodner
Graduate student
Computational linguistics, child language acquisition, historical linguistics, NLP

 

Wei Lai
Graduate student
Phonetics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics

 

Aini Li
Graduate student
Sociolinguistics

 

Nari Rhee
Graduate student
Phonetics

 

Jia Tian
Graduate student
Phonetics

 

Yosiane White
Graduate student
Processing of linguistic variation, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics

 

Marketing

 

Feng Sheng
Postdoc
Neuroeconomics

 

Siyuan Yin
Graduate student
Behavioral economics, judgment and decision making

 

Neurology

 

Danielle Barber
Postdoc
Sex differences after perinatal brain injury – do microglia play a role?

 

Sarah Burke
Postdoc
MRI, neuroscience, neurodegeneration

 

Naz Dikecligil
Postdoc
Sensory systems, olfaction, systems neuroscience

 

Giulia Fadda
Postdoc
Neuroimmunology, neuroimaging

 

Franziska Hartung
Postdoc
Language, social cognition, semantics, context, appearance

 

Stacey Humphries
Postdoc – Department of Neurology and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
Neuroaesthetics, concepts, actions, language, gesture

 

Joanna Mattis
Postdoc
Epilepsy, circuit neuroscience, optogenetics

 

Naomi Nevler
Postdoc
Speech biomarkers in Neurodegeneration

 

Claire Peterson
Postdoc
Cognitive neuroscience, Brain connectivity, applying bioinformatics to neuroscience fields and neurodegenerative diseases

 

Raj Putatunda
Postdoc
HIV-1 induced neurodegeneration, white matter injury, developmental neuroscience

 

Nicola Spotorno
Postdoc
Neuroimaging, genetics, neurodegenerative diseases

 

Steven Weisberg
Postdoc
Spatial cognition, navigation, fMRI

 

Rachel White
Postdoc
Electrophysiology

 

Clifford Workman
Postdoc
Neurophilosophy, morality, aesthetics

 

Neuroscience

 

Ethan Blackwood
Graduate student
Network dynamics and control, information coding between neural systems, structure learning

 

Alice Catherine Dallstream
Graduate student
Decision making, depression, transcranial magnetic stimulation, electrophysiology

 

Ana Defendini
Graduate student
Neuroscience, cognition, decision-making, mPFC, fMRI

 

Vanessa Flietes
Graduate student
Behavior neuroscience; neuroinflammation; addiction; pain

 

Evan Gallagher
Graduate student
Neuroimaging

 

Elizabeth Holly
Postdoc
Goal-directed behavior, learning, motivation, dopamine, stress (mouse models)

 

Megan Healey
Graduate student
Language comprehension, language impairment in neurodegenerative disease

 

Ari Kahn
Graduate student
Cognitive neuroscience, network neuroscience, statistical learning

 

Rosa Leon
Graduate student
Feeding behavior

 

Ian McLaughlin
Graduate student
Anxiety and addiction

 

Adam Pines
Graduate student
Affect, Microstructure, Functional Networks

 

Greer Prettyman
Graduate student
Psychiatric disorders, social decision-making, effort-based decision-making, fMRI, pharmacology

 

Jennifer Stiso
Graduate student
Computational neuroscience, statistical learning

 

Stephanie Temme
Postdoc
Learning and Memory

 

Ursula Tooley
Graduate student
Early environmental impacts on functional brain network development, plasticity & learning, curiosity

 

Dave White
Graduate student
Vision, inference, statistics

 

Dale Zhou
Graduate student
Computational neuroscience, network science, computational psychiatry

 

Jared Zimmerman
Graduate student
Brain stimulation, fMRI, cognitive control

 

Nursing

 

Darina Petrovsky
Postdoc
Dementia, music and health, sleep disorders

 

Perelman School of Medicine

 

Michael Duong
Graduate student
Biophysics and imaging of memory in neurodegeneration and health

 

Danielle Kellier
Graduate student
Cognition, neuroscience, behavior, development, learning

 

Pharmacology

 

Katherine Webb
Graduate student
Circuit level neuroadaptations involved in drug addiction

 

Philosophy

 

Ben Baker
Graduate student
Philosophy of mind, cognitive science, AI, neuroscience

 

Marie Barnett
Graduate student
Philosophy of social science, behavioral decision science, behavioral ethics

 

Shereen Chang
Graduate student
Philosophy of science, nonhuman animal cognition (especially avian), implications of animal cognition research

 

Kate Nicole Hoffman
Graduate student
Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Mind, Environmental Ethics

 

Tiina Rosenqvist
Graduate student
Philosophy of Perception, Philosophy of Mind

 

Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE)

 

Eugen Dimant
Postdoc
Experimental behavioral economics, behavioral ethics, crime economics, migration, norms

 

Psychology

 

Ada Aka
Graduate student – Departments of Psychology and Marketing
Human memory, judgments and decision making

 

Kristin Brethel-Haurwitz
Postdoc
Empathy, social decision making

 

Stephanie Bugden
Postdoc
Mathematical cognition, learning disability, number word learning, cognitive neuroscience

 

Monica Do
Postdoc
Language Production, Language Processing, Event Cognition

 

Ariana Familiar
Graduate student
Learning, memory, machine learning approaches for studying the brain and memory

 

Victor Gomes
Graduate student
Language acquisition, language processing, propositional thought

 

Kyla Haimoviz
Postdoc
Motivation, self-regulation, child development

 

Lisheng He
Postdoc
Decision making, Learning

 

Min Kang
Graduate student
Decision making, anhedonia, neuroimaging

 

Yoed Kenett
Postdoc
Creativity, semantic networks, memory, high-level cognition

 

Tom Kim
Graduate student
Moderators of treatments for depression

 

Zhengang Lu
Postdoc
Cognitive neuroscience

 

Vahid Mehrpour
Postdoc
Visual memory, visual motion processing, motion processing and perception, adaptation

 

Anne Park
Graduate student
Early life adversity, brain development, self-control, reward processing, emotion regulation

 

Michael Peer
Postdoc
Spatial cognition, memory

 

Keana Richards
Graduate student
Decision-making

 

Russell Richie
Postdoc
Psycholinguistics, computational linguistics, semantic memory

 

Simone Schriger
Graduate student
Implementation science, global mental health

 

Cybelle Smith
Postdoc
Semantic memory, Working memory and attention, Contextual facilitation of semantic processing in language and vision

 

Marlie Tandoc
Graduate student
Learning and memory, cognitive neuroscience, computational modeling

 

Leah Wang
Graduate student
Autism spectrum disorder, social communication and motor development, functional brain network development and learning

 

Lingqi Zhang
Graduate student
Computational Neuroscience, Computational Cognitive Science

 

Wenjia Joyce Zhao
Graduate student
Decision making, mathematical modeling

 

Wanling Zou
Graduate student
Moral psychology, moral neuroscience, moral learning, neuroaesthetics, neuropsychiatry

 

Psychiatry

 

Samy Belfer
Graduate student
Behavioral therapy to treat insomnia, neurodegenerative disease

 

Brenna Maddox
Postdoc
Autism services, implementation science

 

Carleigh O’Brien
Postdoc
Glia, immune response in the CNS, neurodevelopment, behavior, aging, neuroimmunology

 

Brittany Rudd
Postdoc
Implementation science, community-based participatory research, implementation of EBPs in community settings, family court, juvenile justice, parenting interventions, divorce, behavioral sleep medicine

 

Public Health

 

Georgia Reilly
Graduate student
Memory, bioethics, behavioral health

 

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