Lab Members

The Talented Team Behind Our Lab’s Success

Gabriele Gratton

Director, Ph.D.

Gabriele Gratton received his M.D. from University of Rome in 1980 and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1991. He is a professor in the Psychology Department and a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute Cognitive Neuroscience group. His field of interest is Cognitive Neuroscience. Gabriele Gratton's interests are in cognitive neuroscience, specifically in the basic organization (spatial, temporal, and functional) of elementary cognitive processes such as those involved in sensory and working memory, attention, motor preparation, and strategy selection. Gratton has been focusing on the application of functional brain imaging methods to the study of these processes in normal adult subjects using optical, electrophysiological and hemodynamic techniques.
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Monica Fabiani

Director, Ph.D.

Monica Fabiani received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1990. She is a professor in the University of Illinois Department of Psychology and a full-time faculty member in the Beckman Institute Cognitive Neuroscience Group. Her fields of professional interest are cognitive neuroscience, memory, and aging. Monica Fabiani's research interests are in the cognitive neuroscience of human memory and aging, as well as in the development of tools for the non-invasive mapping of human brain function. As is typical of the cognitive neuroscience approach, her research involves the integration of data from different domains, including behavioral responses, neuropsychological tests, and brain anatomy and function (event-related brain potentials, or ERPs; structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI; and optical imaging, including near infrared spectroscopy, or NIRS, and a new technique developed by Gabriele Gratton (CNS Group) and Fabiani, the event-related optical signals, or EROS).
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Senior Scientists

Kathy Low

Senior Scientist, Ph.D.

Ed Maclin

Senior Scientist, Ph.D.

I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from New York University in 1983. I have 30 years of experience applying a variety of neuroimaging modalities including MEG, EEG/ERP, MRI/fMRI and rCBF to both basic and clinical questions. My role at the CNL is primarily to implement new procedures for running cognitive experiments and for collecting and analyzing neuroimaging data using EROS, NIRS, fMRI and evoked potentials. I also provide training, troubleshooting and consultation for visitors and collaborators.

Lab Managers & Research Assistants

Andrew Dinsmoor

Visiting Research Specialist/Lab Manager, B.S.

I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.S. in Neuroscience in May of 2014, after which I joined the CNL lab. My responsibilities in CNL have included organizing and scheduling lab meetings, handling participant recruitment, and helping run optical sessions (using EROS) with four and nine month old infants.

Graduate Students

Daniel Bowie

Graduate Student

I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016 with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biological Sciences, Psychology, and Philosophy. Broadly, my research interests encompass emotion-cognition interactions and their associated neural mechanisms. Moreover, I aim to elucidate the role that healthy aging and individual differences play in modulating the interplay between emotional (affective) and cognitive processes. Currently, I utilize neuropsychological assessments to assess basic cognitive abilities and electroencephalographic techniques to describe the time-course of affective and cognitive processes. In the future, I will incorporate the event-related optical signal (EROS) and, potentially, functional MRI to shed more light on the extensive structural and functional connections between brain regions responsible for cognitive and emotional processing.

Grace Clements

Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience division of the Psychology Department. My researh interests are in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive and behavioral changes, particularly working memory, that occur during healthy aging. I received my B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) in 2016 with majors in Psychology and Neuroscience and minors in Statistical Methods and Classical Languages.

Tania Kong

Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience division of the Psychology department. My research interests are in studying the neural architecture and mechanisms underlying cognition, with the aim of sustaining and optimizing cognitive and behavioural functioning in older adults. I currently employ converging brain imaging techniques of MRI, EROS and NIRS to investigate how resting state networks change with age, and examining how these neural changes may relate to age-related changes in individual functioning. I received my Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and English literature) from the National University of Singapore in 2011.

Previous Students and Post-Docs

Kyle Mathewson Ph.D.

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology
Faculty of Science Affiliate - Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta


Antonio Chiarelli Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of physics applied to Medicine and Biology
Institute for Advanced Biomedical Technology (ITAB)
University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
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