Current Lab Members

Hayley Bounds

Hayley is a junior at Brown concentrating in Neuroscience. Prior to joining the Burwell lab, she worked in the Kaun lab at Brown for over a year. During that time, she studied the circuitry behind the formation of ethanol reward memories in Drosophila. She is currently developing a gait analysis assay to use on the hydrocephalus project.



Valerie Estela  |  Graduate Student

After four years in industry, Valerie began study in the Neuroscience Graduate Program in the fall of 2014. She joined the Burwell lab in January of 2015. The following March, she was awarded a three year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The award will support her study of the role of the perirhinal cortex in representation of context. Valerie also has an interest in mentoring and in increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities in neuroscience. 


Eunkyu Hwang  |  Graduate Student

Eunkyu graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2013. After working for a year as a reseach assistant for David Bucci, she joined the lab as a doctoral graduate student in the Psychology Graduate Program. She is currently working on the structure and function of perirhinal-prefrontal interactions using neuroanatomical and optogenetic methods.

Sasha Lieblein  |  Undergraduate Student

Sasha joined the Burwell Lab as an undergraduate in her sophomore year at Brown. She is on the pre-med track and has a keen interest in the sciences. She enjoys her research on the neural basis of memory, and is particularly fascinated by the postrhinal cortex and attention.


Devon Poeta  |  Lab Manager,  Research Associate

Devon joined the Burwell lab in 2010 after graduating from Stonehill College with a Bachelor’s in Neuroscience. She received her Master’s degree in Biotechnology from Brown in 2015. Devon is studying the connectivity between the perirhinal and prefrontal cortices; specifically, the neural mechanisms underlying object recognition memory and attention. She is also collaborating with Dr. Petra Klinge, a neurosurgeon from RI Hospital, using a rodent model of hydrocephalus to study the cognitive deficits associated with the disease. 


Ben Shanahan  |  Brown 2017 Graduate

Ben is currently working at Brown University in the laboratory of Leigh Hochberg, MD, Ph.D. in Engineering.