Lab Members

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Lab Members and Information

Principal Investigator

Angela Gutchess is a psychology professor at Brandeis University as well as a visiting scientist at the Martinos Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Charlestown. Her research interests include studying the interactions among aging, culture and cognition using behavioral and fMRI methods. The courses she teaches at Brandeis include Introduction to Psychology, Research Methods and Laboratory in Psychology, Social Neuroscience and Culture, and Human Memory. When not working, she enjoys volunteering through Boston Cares and traveling. 

gutchess [at] brandeis [dot] edu || Current CV


Ph.D. Students

Wanbing Zhang is a second-year Ph.D. student. She received a M.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University and a B.S. in Psychology from University of Minnesota Twin Cities under the guidance of Dr. Wilma Koutstaal. She is interested in developing prevention strategies for age-related memory loss, and ways to maintain the health of higher-order cognitive functions such as decision making and socioemotional judgment. She wish to pursue a doctoral degree after finishing the master's program. In her leisure time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and cuddling her cat, Sugar.


Krystal Leger is a PhD student studying the effects of culture on different forms of memory. Before coming to Brandeis, she received a BS in Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where she completed an honors thesis using fMRI to investigate the role of visual cortex in recognition memory. Outside the lab, she enjoys creative writing, binging Netflix shows, and coming up with fan theories about the latest Marvel movie. Krystal Leger

Dan Levin is a current Ph.D. student in the ACC Lab. In 2008, he received a B.A. in English Literature from Emmanuel College. He taught in the special education field from 2008 to 2013, during which time he developed his current research interests in autism, memory, and cognition. In his free time, he enjoys hiking, playing sports, and eating buffalo chicken.

John Ksander

Master's Students

Xin Zhang

Nishaat Mukadam

Postdoctoral Fellow

Eric Fields

Eric Fields

Lab Manager

Katelyn Parisi

Katelyn Parisi

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Nicole Porter is a senior from New Jersey who is currently studying Neuroscience.  After graduating, she hopes to attend a graduate school and pursue a career in healthcare.  In her spare time, Nicole enjoys reading, dancing, and spending times with friends.

Zenith Rai is a junior studying psychology and hispanic studies. In her free time she loves dancing, doing arts and crafts, playing her guitar, or spending time with her family and friends! Zenith Rai
Adina Jacobson is a junior from the Boston area majoring in Psychology and minoring in Legal Studies. After graduating, she hopes to go to graduate school and pursue a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist. In her free time, Adina enjoys acting in musical theater productions, singing with her a cappella group and drinking coffee.

Adina Jacobson

Rachel Snyderman
Kayla Shepherd
Gabe del Carmen
Lauren Puglisi

Undergraduate Honors Students


Lab Alumni


  • Hyeon-Nyeon Lee (2012)
  • Nicole Rosa (2013), Assistant Professor of Psychology, Worcester State University
  • Margeaux Auslander (2013), Research Coordinator at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
  • Brittany Cassidy (2014), Post-Doctoral Fellow, Indiana University
  • Eileen Rasmussen
  • Laura Paige (2018)

Master's Degrees

  • Megan Limbert (2008)
  • Sarah Serbun (2009)
  • Sarah Huff (2012), Ph.D. Student, University of Michigan
  • Chad Nussinow (2012)
  • Laura Ligouri (2013), Technical Assistant at MIT
  • Anna Carmichael (2014) , Ph.D. Student, Monash University, Australia
  • Irina Orlovsky (2014), Research Fellow, US Research Institute of Envrionmental Medicine
  • Yuchen Song (2017)

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Janelle Beadle (2010-2011), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Eric Leshikar (2011-2013), Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jonathan Jackson (2013-2015), Research Fellow, Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Lab Managers
  • Jennifer Coleman (2008-2009), Ph.D. Student, Counseling Psychology, VCU
  • Joanne Shih (2010-2012)
  • Pete Millar (2012-2014), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis
  • John Ksander (2014-2015), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Brandeis University 
  • Hunter Johndro (2015-2016), Ph.D. Student, Psychology, Tufts University

Rotation Students

  • Trent Judis (2012-2013)
  • Tammy Hsieh (2013)
  • Joseph Wachutka (2013)
  • Christine Talbot (2017)
  • Benjamin Stanbury (2017)

Undergraduate Honors Students

  • Ro'ee Gilron (2009)
  • Allie Indeck (2009)
  • Ayala Hamami (2010)
  • Maya Siegel (2010)
  • Aliza Schwartz (2011)
  • Joseph Polex Wolf (2011)
  • Jessie Nusbaum (2012)
  • Gabe Colton (2013)
  • Lauren Grewal (2013)
  • Alexander Sheehan (2013)
  • Abby Vigderman (2013)
  • Liat Zabludovsky (2013)
  • Jung Park (2014)
  • Jenny Crawford (2015), Research Assistant, Yale University
  • Lauryn Garner (2015), Research Assistant, McLean Hospital
  • Ryn Flaherty (2015)
  • Isabelle Moore (2017)
  • Selen Amado (2018)
  • Grace Hoefs (2018)
Undergraduate Research Assistants (partial list)
  • Avi Aizenman
  • Alana Alves
  • Tanvi Bahuguna
  • Raquel Bubar
  • Deborah Chamama
  • Brian Dahlben
  • Maddie Dolins
  • Sarah Dublin
  • Nasia Frattaroli
  • Tali Friedland
  • Becca Glanz
  • Allen Gold
  • Gina Gotthilf
  • Christine Hosey
  • Manon Ironside (Eckerd College)
  • Victoria Jonas, Research Assistant, MGH
  • Sapir Karli
  • Todd Kirkland
  • Rebekah Lafontant
  • Rozi Levi
  • Leah Levy
  • Sarah Lipitz
  • Alina Liu
  • Shirley Lo
  • Karan Malik
  • Ariel Milan-Polisar
  • Wei Yee Mooi
  • Chloe Newlon
  • Olivia Pobiel
  • Shanny Shmuel
  • Becky Sokal
  • Akash Vadalia
  • Liz Zharovsky
  • Rachel Zisman