Our Team

Meet the members of the Stanford Cognitive & Systems Neuroscience Laboratory! 

Faculty/Research Scientists

Kaustubh Supekar, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

 

Kaustubh Supekar, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Biography forthcoming. 

Dan Abrams, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Dan Abrams, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

My primary research goal is to understand the neurobiological foundations of speech and language impairments. Specifically, I am interested in how the perception and neural coding of speech impact communication and language deficits in children, with a focus on children with autism spectrum disorders and reading disabilities. I received my Bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and my Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University under the guidance of Professor Nina Kraus.

Weidong Cai, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

Weidong Cai, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor

My research combines sophisticated computational methods, advanced functional neuroimaging techniques, and experimental work to understand how cognitive control networks are organized, how dynamic control process is implemented, how these functional circuits are developed, and how these brain systems are disturbed in psychiatric and neurological disorders characterized by cognitive control deficits. I am also interested in developing neuroimaging-based biomarkers for psychiatric and neurological disorders and prediction models for clinical symptoms using systems neuroscience approach and machine learning algorithms.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Hyesang Chang, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Hyesang Chang

Post Doctoral Fellow 

My research aims to understand neural representations and brain networks that support learning and academic achievement across development to bridge the gaps between cognitive and developmental science, neuroscience, and education. I am interested in the interplay between multiple cognitive and affective systems, and neuroplasticity of these systems, that give rise to individual differences in how children acquire knowledge and skills in domains important for academic and professional success. My current research focuses on understanding neurobiological underpinnings of mathematical learning in children with various levels of mathematical abilities, leveraging unique experimental paradigms, multi-modal neuroimaging approach, and cognitive and systems neuroscience methods.

Yuan Zhang, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Yuan Zhang

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography forthcoming. 

Byeongwook Lee, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Byeongwook Lee, PhD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography forthcoming. 

Flora Schwartz, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Flora Schwartz

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography forthcoming.

Percy Mistry, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Percy Mistry

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography forthcoming.

Anup Das, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Anup Das

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography forthcoming.

Rui Yuan, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow 

Rui Yuan

Post Doctoral Fellow

Biography forthcoming.

Staff

Mai-Phuong Bo

Lab & Recruitment Manager 

Mai-Phuong Bo

Lab & Recruitment Manager

Biography forthcoming. 

Carlo de los Angeles

Data Analyst

Carlo de los Angeles

Data Analyst

Biography forthcoming. 

Research Assistants

Julia Kang

Research Assistant  

Julia Kang

Research Assistant 

I graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education. During my undergraduate career, I worked as a research assistant in various labs within the psychology and social welfare departments, including Dr. Silvia Bunge’s Building Blocks of Cognition lab. My research interests include learning and cognition, developmental, neural and clinical disorders, and hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology where I can keep exploring the brain and behavior using neuropsychological assessments and brain imaging. At the Stanford Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience Lab, I am exploring the relationship between cognitive and brain processes such as learning and memory. I’m particularly working with children with math difficulties and autism. In my free time, I enjoy playing with my dog, exploring the Bay Area and spending time with family and friends.

Kyle LaFollette

Research Assistant

Kyle LaFollette

Research Assistant

My research focus is on understanding the role of cognitive and affective processes in mathematics learning, particularly with regards to the longitudinal developmental trajectory of brain circuits and representations underlying math anxiety, number sense, and psychosocial stress/health/wellbeing. Additionally, I have a continued interest in exploring the roles of numeracy and stress in judgment and decision-making, principally where number sense and anxiety transcend "doing math" to affect day-to-day economic, moral, legal, and medical decisions. I graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science and Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, and intend to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Christina Yu

Research Assistant

Christina Yu

Research Assistant

I completed my undergraduate degree at NYU with a B.A. in Psychology and just recently completed my M.A. in Social Sciences with a concentration in Psychology from UChicago. I started gaining an interest in Cognitive Neuroscience/Psychology my freshman year of college and started off in a Developmental Psychology lab. From there, I gained more interest in neural mechanisms of cognitive systems and took part in research that dealt with memory, exercise, cognitive function, cognitive dysfunction etc. Most recently at UChicago, I worked in a memory lab and wrote my thesis regarding aging and memory distortion. With the knowledge and experience gained from SCSNL, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience in the future.

Jeremy Rudoler

Research Assistant 

Jeremy Rudoler

Research Assistant 

Jeremy studied neuroscience and psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. As an undergrad, he conducted EEG and behavioral research with young children with ASD. Jeremy came to Stanford to learn more about brain imaging, and to continue his research in the relationship between the brain and behavior. Jeremy loves working at this lab because of the world-class team of researchers he gets to learn from, the scientific rigor of the studies, and most of all because he gets to work with the fantastic volunteers who participate in the lab's studies! Outside of lab, you can find Jeremy going jogging in one the Bay Area Nature reserves, reading a good book, or practicing his amateur circus acts.

Lingwei Ouyang

Research Assistant

Lingwei Ouyang

Research Assistant

I graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a M.A in Cognitive Science in Education, in my masters I assisted research projects about curiosity at Shohamy lab and analyzed eye-tracking data at Gordon lab. My research interest lies in individual differences in memory and learning, and how they can be modulated by other factors, such as attention. I am also curious about whether we can identify disorder from fMRI or eye-tracking data when people are engaged in learning activities. In my spare time, I enjoy museums, concerts, and exploring the city.

Dawlat El-Said

Research Assistant 

Dawlat El-Said

Research Assistant 

Biography forthcoming. 

Yamilka Alsina

Research Assistant

Yamilka Alsina

Research Assistant

I grew up in Puerto Rico, where I discovered my passion for medicine. I graduated with a B.A. in Science from Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras. Following my dream, I moved to Guadalajara, Mexico to complete my medical degree. While receiving my training I acted as the Medical Integration Program Coordinator of Guimedic a student organization that focused on providing access to care to underserved communities in remote areas of Mexico. I developed a more profound interest in pediatric psychiatry, which let me work as an Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator in the Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program at Stanford University, working with Dr. Victor Carrion, focusing on trauma and early intervention. I currently work as a Wellness Trainer at Pure Edge, a non-profit organization that focuses on giving social-emotional strategies to educators. I recently joined TheStanford Brain Development were my main focus is exploring thecognitive and neural bases of mathematical difficulties in children and to develop methods to remediate poor math skills.

Alumni

Research Scientists & Staff

Aarthi Padmanabhan, PhD

Christina Atkinson

Post Doctoral Fellows

Sarit Ashkenazi, PhD

Naama Barnea-Goraly, PhD

Lang Chen, PhD
Soohyun Cho, PhD Sonia Crottaz-Herbette, PhD Christa-Lynn Donovan, PhD

Amy Garrett, PhD

Michael Greicius, MD, MPH

Michael Haberecht, MD, PhD

Anna Lembke, MD

Judith Piggott, PhD

Susan Rivera, PhD

Elena Rykhlevskaia, PhD

Leanne Tamm, PhD

Tony Yang, MD, PhD

Dietsje Jolles, PhD

Ting Ting Chang, PhD

Arron Metcalfe, PhD

Christian Battista, PhD

Jalil Taghia, PhD

Miriam Rosenberg-Lee, PhD

Lucina Uddin, PhD Marie Schaer, PhD MD Tanya Evans, PhD
Tianwen Chen, PhD Teresa Iuculano, PhD Shaozheng Qin, PhD
Ayda Ghahremani, PhD    

Graduate Students

Anjali Bhatara

Catie Chang

Ting-Ting Chang

Matt Davis-Ratner

Sridhar Devarajan

Nirav Kamdar

Valorie Salimpoor

Symeon Mengkai Shieh

Gauarav Srivastava

Jessica Tsang

   

Research Assistants

Robert Anagnoson

Jose Anguiano

Maria Barth

Kevin Holmes

Katherine Keller

Amirah Khouzam

Leeza Kondos

Meghan Meyer

Sangeetha Santhanam

Katherine (Katie) Cheng Jennifer Richardson Charles Lynch

Caitlin Tenison

Emily Escovar

Anna Gorn Swigart

Emma Adair

Sarah Wu

Christina Young

Holly Wakeman

Sandhya Prathap

Sarah-Nicole Bostan

Paola Odriozola

Sally (Se Ri) Bae

Shivani Kaushal

Amanda Baker

Rachel Rehert

Yeo Bi (YB) Choi
John Kochalka Samantha Mitsven Jonathan Nicholas
Zachary Nadell Christopher Hamblin Maddie Snyder
Kate Duberg
Shelby Karraker  

Collaborators

Jonathan Berger, MFA, DMA

Chris Chafe, PhD

Mark Eckert, PhD

Stephan Eliez, MD

Carl Feinstein, MD

Lynn Fuchs, PhD

David C. Geary, PhD

Gary Glover, PhD

Michael Greicius, MD, MPH

Booil Jo, PhD

Jennifer Keller, PhD

Daniel Levitin, PhD

David Lyons, PhD

Josef Parvizi, MD, PhD

Allan Reiss, MD

Alan Schatzberg, MD

Daniel Schwartz, PhD

Victor Carrion, MD
Ruth O'Hara, PhD Joachim Hallmayer, MD Jennifer McNab, PhD
Jin Lee, PhD Antonio Hardan, MD Stacie Warren, PhD