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 NYU 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 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

Christina Koury

Visiting Research Specialist/Lab Manager, B.S.

I graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2012, with a B.S. in Psychology and am currently a graduate student in the school of Labor and Employment Relations. My responsibility in CNL is to manage the everyday tasks of the lab. I also recruit, schedule and help run the optical sessions with four and nine month old infants.

Courtney Burton

Visiting Research Specialist, B.S.

In 2012, I graduated from Washington College in Chestertown, MD with a B.S. in Psychology/Behavioral Neuroscience. A few months later, I joined this lab in order to gain more experience with the imaging techniques used in cognitive neuroscience research. I work mainly on our project that involves both magnetic resonance imaging and optical imaging in adults of all ages. My primary roles include recruiting and scheduling participants, administering neuropsychological tasks, and assisting with the collection of imaging data.

Antoine DeJong

Research Assistant, B.S.

I graduated in May 2012, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.S. in Psychology. My role in the lab is to help run subjects in EROS, NIRS, and fMRI. I also work with the lab computer systems, specifically managing the backup system.

Post-Doc Researchers

Kyle Mathewson

Post-Doc, Ph.D.

I received my B.A. (Top Honours) in Canada from the University of Victoria in 2007. I completed my honours thesis there under the supervision of Dr. Clay Holroyd. My field of research is the cognitive neuroscience of visual awareness and attention. I am affiliated with both the Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Perception and Performance groups at the Beckman Institute, as well as the Brain and Cognition Division of the Department of Psychology.

Antonio Chiarelli

Post-Doc, Ph.D.

My bachelor degree was in Physical Engineering at Politecnico of Milano (2006), Optical technologies. For my bachelor degree thesis, I worked on the extracavity compression and measurement of femtoseconds optical pulses as: hollow fiber, SPIDER (Spectral Phase Interferometry for Direct Electric-field Reconstruction) and FROG (Frequency Resolved Optical Gating). I completed my masters in Physical Engineering at Politecnico of Milano (2009), where I developed and characterized a picoseconds optical system for functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy. I have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Institute of Advanced Biomedical Technologies(ITAB) and Dept. of Neuroscience and Imaging University "G. d'Annunzio" - Chieti-Pescara (2013). During my Ph.D., I worked in the Near Infrared Spectroscopy laboratory. In my current position, I focus on Optical Infra-Red in vivo measurements and analysis of optical signals deriving from brain and muscle activity, both in intensity measurements and time of flight of photon changes.

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 of cognition, especially with regard to executive control and attention, with the aim of sustaining cognitive and behavioral functioning during our later years. I received my B.Soc.Sci (Hons) from the University of Singapore in 2011, with a major in Psychology and a minor in English Literature.

Mark Fletcher

Graduate Student

I received a Bachelor of Science from BYU. I'm currently a graduate research assistant in the Neuroscience program while obtaining an M.D. Ph.D. I study the modifiers of anatomical changes in aging individuals.

Ben Zimmerman

Graduate Student

I graduated with B.A. in Psychology and Biology from Augustana College in 2011. My interest is in enhancing cognition and preventing cognitive decline associated with aging. I am currently interested in looking at how different measures of vascular health may help predict overall brain and cognitive health. Using NIRS and other optical methods, I am investigating how the elasticity of the arteries in the brain affects the brain's ability to react to a need for increased blood flow and how cardiorespiratory fitness plays a role in overall brain oxygenation. Furthermore, I am interested in investigating how changes in vascular health and perfusion affect blood flow and the overall structure of vasculature in the brain, and how this may lead to the mechanism behind cognitive decline.

Chin Hong Tan

Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience division of the Psychology department. My research interests include using diffusive optical imaging to investigate regional arterial elasticity in the aging brain and examining neuroplasticity in patients undergoing cochlear implant surgery. I hold a B.Soc.Sci (Hons) in Psychology from the National University of Singapore in 2011.

John Walker

Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Cognitive Neuroscience division of the Psychology Department and my primary research interests lie in the neural processes that contribute to retrieval of declarative memories. I use a multimodal approach with methods ranging from eye-tracking to the event-related optical signal (EROS) to investigate both the conscious and the unconscious processes that take place during memory retrieval. I hold a B.S. in Cognitive Science from UCLA (2008).

Pauline Baniqued

Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the cognitive neuroscience division of the Psychology department. My interests are in understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms of executive control and how these control processes change with age, training and other interventions. I employ an integrative approach to analyze the interactions among brain regions for optimal performance and use converging methods of EROS, ERP and MRI to study preparatory dynamics in aging. I received my M.A. in Psychology from UofI in 2012, and my B.A. in Cognitive Science from UPenn in 2008.

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