Alumni

Preston Jiang

Research Associate

View Preston's CV here

Sonakchhi Shrestha

Research Associate

Sonakchhi was a research associate in the lab from 2017 to 2019. She is now working as a data analyst in New York City.

Taylor Jackson

Graduate Student

Mai-Anh Vu

Graduate Student

Mai-Ahn is now a postdoctoral associate in the HOWE Lab at Boston University. Visit Mai-Anh's webpage here.

John Thorp

Research Associate

John was a research associate in the lab from 2017 to 2019. He is now pursuing a PhD at Columbia University, working with Dr. Lila Davachi. Visit John's website here.

Laura Lerebours

Lab Manager

Laura served as the lab manager from 2015 to 2017

Nathan Clement

Graduate Student

Nathan's research is focused on characterizing and manipulating states of intrinsic 
motivation and their relationship to learning, information-seeking, and choice 
behavior. In 2007, Nathan completed his undergraduate studies at Stanford 
University, where he majored in psychology. For the next three years, he worked at 
Columbia University before leaving the big city behind to start his graduate career 
at Duke. Nathan is currently a data scientist at Oculus VR in San Francisco. He enjoys coffee.

Kimberly Chiew

Post-Doc

Born and raised in Northwestern Ontario, Kim completed a BSc in neuroscience at 
University of Toronto and PhD in cognitive psychology at Washington University in 
St. Louis before continuing her trajectory south to Duke, where she started a postdoc 
in the Adcock lab in 2013. Kim's research has focused on examining emotional and 
motivational influences on cognition using a combination of behavioral, 
psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods. In the Adcock lab, Kim is 
interested in continuing to examine motivational influences on goal-directed 
and exploratory behavior with a more explicit focus on the role of underlying 
neuromodulator systems, such as norepinephrine and dopamine. Kim currently an assistant professor at Denver University.

 

www.kimberlychiew.com

Jessica Stanek

Graduate Student

A Bay Area girl having earned her undergraduate degrees in psychology and 
molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley, Jessica has left the fog behind in 
pursuit of memory. Well, memory research that is. She is interested in using fMRI
to study hippocampal and dopaminergic midbrain influences on the encoding of 
novelty and expectancy violation.

Courtnea Rainey

Graduate Student

In the broadest sense, Courtnea is interested in improving educational outcomes. 
Within the context of the motivated memory lab, Courtnea investigated internal 
states as motivational signals that affect learning and behavioral change. Outside 
the lab, Courtnea organizes outreach activities and undergraduate research 
programs to improve science education outcomes in K-16 students.  

Jane Chen

Research Assistant

Jane is currently pursuing a MD at Maryland University.

Lee Gans

Lab Manager

Lee is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard University.

Betsy Sumner, MD, PhD

Gradaute Student

Betsy's PhD research combined pharmacological manipulations in healthy parti
participants with fMRI experiments in schizophrenia patients to study the 
mechanisms of reward-motivated memory in humans. The overall aim of her work 
was to contribute to a better understanding of the effects of dopaminergic function 
and dysfunction on memory in health and disease. Betsy completed her undergraduate 
studies at the University of South Carolina where she majored in chemistry and minored 
in mathematics. She completed her MD at the University of Virginia before completing the 
neurobiology PhD program at Duke. Her current research and clinical interests converge in the study and treatment 
of psychotic disorders.

Rithi Chandy

Research Assistant

Sonal Gagrani

Research Assistant

Kristin Duffy

Lab Manager

Kristin is currently pursuing a graduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Vishnu "Deepu" Murty

Post-Doc

Deepu is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh

Ian Ballard

Research Assistant

Ian is pursuing a graduate degree at Stanford University.

Maheen Shermohammad

Research Assistant

Maheen is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Harvard University.

Rita Loiotile

Lab Manager

Rita is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Johns Hopkins University.

Kate MacDuffie

Lab Manager

Kate is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Duke.

Rory Lubner

Research Assistant

Krista Kenney

Research Assistant

Matt Isabel

Research Assistant

Kelsey Short

Research Assistant

Amish Sheth

Research Assistant

Amish is a medical student at New York University

Sanghoon Han, PhD

Post-Doc

Sanghoon is Assistant Professor of Psychology at Yonsei University

Sora Ely

Research Assistant

Sora is a medical student at Tulane University in New Orleans

Alex Rosati

Graduate Student

Alex is a PhD candidate in Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke 

Sarah Figueroa

Research Assistant

Sarah is currently pursuing a career in elementary education

Eden Rouse

East Carolina University undergraduate

Sam Snider

Research Assistant

James Cook

Computer Technician

James is involved in imaging for Radiology at Duke

Tara Iyengar

Research Assistant

Arul Thangavel

Research Assistant

Arul is chugging his way through Medical School

Obioma Ekeledo

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow

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