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

Assistant Director, 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

Hannah Jones

Visiting Research Specialist/Lab Manager

I graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in Biology and French Studies in 2017. Before joining the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab, I had done research in the areas of micro-biology, bio-energy, neurobiology, and neuroscience. My role here involves recruiting and screening participants, organizing and running neuropsych, MRI, and optical sessions, and various administrative tasks for the pulse elasticity study (also called the arterial health study).

Samantha Rubenstein

Visiting Research Specialist/Lab Manager

I graduated from Salisbury University in Maryland with a B.A. in Psychology in May 2018. Before joining the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab, I was involved in research with Salisbury’s Neuroscience Lab and Cognitive Aging Lab. My responsibilities here in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab include recruiting and scheduling participants, helping run optical sessions, administering neuropsychological tests, and conducting MRI, EEG, and ERP recordings relating cerebrovascular health to cognitive decline throughout the lifespan. In the future I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Neuroscience.

Graduate Students

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.

Daniel Bowie

Graduate Student

I graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology, 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 and cognitive processes. Currently, I utilize event-related brain potentials (ERPs), in conjunction with modified cognitive control tasks, in order to describe the time-course of emotional and cognitive processes. I am also incorporating resting-state fMRI in order to examine how the brain's functional architecture changes across the lifespan and how these alterations may impact executive functioning.

Grace Clements

Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience division of the Psychology Department. My research interests are in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying cognitive and behavioral changes occurring during healthy aging. I am beginning to explore the relationship between physiological effects, like physical fitness, and differences in an individual's cognitive functioning. I currently employ electroencephalography but am beginning to use MRI and optical imaging. 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.

Daniela Mejia

Graduate Student

I am a third year graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroimaging Lab. I graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience) and minors in Statistics and Literature. I am currently working on novel methods to analyze simultaneously recorded optical and EEG neuroimaging signals.

Yadong Dai

Graduate Student

I received a B.A. in Civil Engineering (2009) and an M.A. in Psychotherapy (2013) from Sichuan University (China). My primary interest is in understanding the neural basis of memory, memory encoding and retrieval mechanisms, and information processing within neural circuits. I am also interested in brain and memory change during aging, as well as using neural modeling and brain imaging techniques such as EEG, MRI, optical imaging. Recently, I have been gaining knowledge about hippocampal structure and function in older adults.

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

Ben Zimmerman Ph.D.

Beckman Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Chin Hong Tan Ph.D.

Radiation and Biomedical Engineering Postdoctoral Scholar
University of California San Francisco

John Walker Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Laboratory for Human Neuroscience at the Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

Pauline Baniqued Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
D'Esposito Lab: A Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory
Unviersity of California, Berkeley
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