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Post-Doctoral Research Fellows

  • Allison Anacker

    Social neuroscience: epigenetic mechanisms that control social behavior; oxytocin receptor expression and seasonal social behavior in meadow voles

    Eveillard Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Neuroscience Program, Smith College, Northampton, MA
    Laboratory of Annaliese Beery
    January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2014

  • Carolina Campanella

    Sleep and memory consolidation across development. In particular, I am interested in how sleep--and more specifically mid-day naps--affects learning in preschool aged children. I am especially interested in the effects of sleep on declarative and emotional memory in preschool aged children.

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cognition and Action Lab 
    (PI: Dr. Rebecca Spencer)

  • Eswen Fava

    Here at UMASS, I am involved in Dr. Scott's Brain, Cognition and Development Lab, and am examining how experience with objects, faces and types of labels influences how infants direct their visual attention and processing. My overarching research interests involve better understanding how infants and children process audiovisual speech. To do this, I have utilized behavioral measures, like eye tracking, to investigate how visual attention, and neurophysiological measures like NIRS and ERPs.

    Postdoctoral Associate, Dr. Lisa Scott's Brain, Cognition and Development Lab

  • Bethany Jones

    I am interested in the neural processes by which sleep changes memory representations and how factors such as aging and emotional salience affect these processes.

    May 2013-present, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cognition and Action Lab (PI: Dr. Rebecca Spencer), Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

  • Laura B. Kurdziel

    M.S. Animal Behavior, Bucknell University, 2007
    Ph.D. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014
    Cerebellar Ataxia/Movement Disorders; Aging, Sleep, Primate Cognition
    Rebecca Spencer

    Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cognition and Action Lab 
    (PI: Dr. Rebecca Spencer)

  • Paula J. Moura

    Paula J. Moura

    General Physiology
    Project focuses on how circadian signals are integrated with steroid signals to initiate the preovulatory surge of luteinizing hormone release.

    Jully 2009-present Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Veterinary & Animal Sciences (Laboratory of Sandra Petersen) University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Benjamin Pawlisch

    Behavioral Neuroendocrinology; Neuropharmacology; Sensory Physiology; more specifically, I'm interested in the role of neuromodulators, like catecholamines and estrogens, within the cortex and how they alter cortical plasticity.

    March 2012- present:  Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Dr. Luke Remage-Healey, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • David Ross

    Working on combining computational and imaging methods to constrain and advance models of visual recognition and memory.

    Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences (PI: Dr. Rosie Cowell)

  • John J. Willoughby

    John J. Willoughby

    Light-induced rod photoreceptor degeneration and factors which might be involved or modulate this process. The Jensen Lab is studying the role that components of the crumbs complex in zebrafish and mouse play in photoreceptor development, function, and pathology.

    May 2003-present Senior Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, (Laboratory of Dr. Abbie Jensen), University of Massachusetts Amherst