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Getting Involved in the Lab

Chris Baldassano: Chris got his PhD in Computer Science at Stanford (using machine learning methods to study the human visual system) before becoming a postdoc at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute and then an Assistant Professor in the Columbia Psychology Department.
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Halle Dimsdale-Zucker: Halle completed her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at UC Davis before joining the DPM and Aly labs as a postdoc. She has been studying memory since her freshman year of college (and yet still struggles to remember peoples' names).
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PhD Students

Hannah Tarder-Stoll: Before starting at Columbia, Hannah received an Honours BSc from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a double major in psychology and neuroscience. She is interested in the modulation of episodic memory and how the hippocampus interacts with prefrontal regions to integrate new information into previous memory stores.
Matt Siegelman: Matt grew up outside Philadelphia and got his undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from Wesleyan in 2016. He worked as an RA in a language lab at MIT before joining the DPM lab at Columbia, where he hopes to apply AI, natural language processing tools and naturalistic stimuli to study concept representations in memory.
Jiawen Huang: After finishing UCL’s BSc Psychology program, Jiawen stayed at UCL as a RA to build a database of people watching movies in fMRI. He is interested in how memory works in context, such as during movie viewing. He also hopes to explore methods to study memory with more complex tasks such as interactive games.
Taylor Chamberlain: After finishing her BA at University of Chicago, Taylor worked as a software developer, and then returned to UChicago to work as a lab manager in the psychology department. She's interested in using fMRI and behavioral experiments to study how memory and attention interact, particularly in more naturalistic task paradigms.

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Alexandra Reblando: Alex enjoys contemplating the forms of schemas: their creation, machinations, and interaction with perception and memory. In repose, she works on expanding her own schemas particularly those of art museums, restaurants, and dingy music venues.

Undergraduate Senior Thesis students

Katie Mae Peters: Katie Mae Peters' passion for action films started the moment she watched Keanu jump a bus over the gap in an incomplete LA freeway. Since then she spent the past ten years in the film industry gaining experience by working with everyone from Dog the Bounty Hunter to Ron Burgandy. Her eye for creative producing has led her to create several award winning films and earn several grants including a 2021 Hollywood Foreign Press Fellowship. She currently attends Columbia University where she is researching the negative impacts certain color grading and production design choices in film have on the way audiences form empathetic attachments to POC characters and foreign countries.
Gloria Charite: Gloria is a CC’2023 undergraduate student in Columbia College studying Psychology. She is interested in understanding the process underlying learning, specifically the ways in which information can be presented to maximize encoding, retention and later retrieval. In the future, she hopes to contribute to bridging the gap between cognitive psychology and education. That is, using contemporary knowledge on the functioning of memory systems to enrich classroom and learning experiences in general. Outside of school work, she enjoys reading and having "intellectual" conversations with friends.
Karina Feng: Karina is an undergraduate at Columbia College studying Psychology and Statistics. She is interested in how identity interacts with memory and how it informs human behavior, as well as the intersection of machine learning and psychology. In her free time, she enjoys photography, baking, and sewing.
Sam Hutchinson: Sam is a senior in Columbia College majoring in cognitive science with a concentration in computer science. He is fascinated by the complex ways humans use and interpret language as well as the explanatory power of computational models to investigate these behaviors. When he's not trying to puzzle these things out, he loves exploring New York's many restaurants and collecting used books.
Yifang Liu: As a junior studying Neuroscience and Behavior at the School of General Studies, Yifang is currently working on her senior thesis project that delves into the effects of agency on memory performance in multi-step sequential planning. Her project was inspired by her love for gaming and seeks to investigate how agency can impact memory in more realistic contexts. She also explores her passions for photography and video games in her free time. These creative pursuits serve as a wellspring of inspiration for her, especially when it comes to the naturalistic stimuli they offer!

Research Assistants

Franck Mugisho: Franck is a rising sophomore at Columbia University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. He enjoys reading about the brain and psychology in general and is interested in designing computer software that will shed light on how the brain processes information. Franck’s hobbies include watching soccer games, biking, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Elen Zhu: Elen is a sophomore at Columbia College pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. She is interested in the mechanisms in play between perception and memory. In her free time, she enjoys sewing, crocheting, attempting to paint and spending time with friends and family.
Ezgi Oztelcan: Ezgi is a third-year UC Berkeley psychology student from Istanbul, Turkey, aiming to further develop her scientific approach skills and practice in different specializations in psychology to support shaping future academic and career goals. She is eager to learn new ways to continuously improve herself academically, professionally, and socially. She is interested in how evolutionary developmental processes affect the human brain on a neurological basis, with an emphasis on language development! In her free time, she enjoys petsitting for her friends, skiing, and playing around with analog cameras.
Tony Kim: Tony is a pre-medical undergraduate student at Columbia studying neuroscience and philosophy. He is interested in how episodic and semantic schemas affect information processing, as well as mechanisms behind hippocampal neurogenesis. In his free time, he enjoys reading, watching basketball, and walking his dog.
Allie Yuxin Lin: Allie is a sophomore undergraduate studying Political Science and Psychology at Columbia. She is interested in combining her two majors in the study of political psychology, and is fascinated by the world of neuropsychology. When she's not frantically working on academic work, she enjoys writing poetry and creating visual art with watercolor and occasionally ink and water.
Angel Latt: Angel is an undergraduate student at Columbia College studying Neuroscience and Behavior. She is interested in gaining insights into human behavior, particularly in the field of neural mechanisms and developmental neurology. In addition to her love for all things brain related, she is also passionate about promoting science and health education to the broader general public. When she isn’t in the lab or doesn’t have her nose stuck in a textbook, she enjoys exploring the city, reading, volunteering, listening to all kinds of music, and baking too much.
Akshay Manglik: Akshay is an undergraduate at Columbia College studying Computer Science. He is interested in applying computational techniques to analyze neural representations in neuroimaging, especially in the context of memory and imagination. In his free time, he enjoys dancing as a part of Columbia Raas, participating in Quiz Bowl, and baking.
Hannah Zeng: When Hannah Zeng is not hopping around making interfaces and installations, she studies cognitive science. She joins the lab to understand how we dynamically make sense of the ever-changing event structure in the real world, such as appreciating a piece of music or playing games. She has written about science as a science communicator and translator, which is part of her small attempt to promote open science.

Former Lab Members

Samantha Cohen (Postdoc)

Matthew Sachs (Postdoc)

Max Bennett (MS, Computer Science)

Sunjae Shim (Undergraduate Senior Thesis student)

Mareike Keller (Undergraduate Senior Thesis student)

Rachel Nielson (Research Assistant)

Julia Soares (Research Assistant)

Isabel Velarde (Research Assistant)

Chloe Lambert (Research Assistant)

Yumiko Wiranto (Research Assistant)

Jason Wang (Research Assistant)

Cindy Gao (Research Assistant)

Sophie Blitsman (Research Assistant)

Zion Walker (Research Assistant)

Silvia Toderas (Research Assistant)

Caroline Lee (Research Assistant)

Labeebah Subair (Research Assistant)

Sophia Africk (Research Assistant)