Former Lab Members

Krishan Aghi

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Krishan Aghi received his bachelors of science degree in Neuroscience and completed his honors work in the Burwell lab. He used a disconnection paradigm to study how the perirhinal and postrhinal cortices interact in contextual learning.  In the fall, Krishan will begin study in the Berkeley Neuroscience Graduate Program. 

Clayton Aldern

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Clayton was a Neuroscience Honors student in the lab, graduating in May, 2013. He was one of two Brown students chosen as Rhodes Scholars in 2013. Clay is pursuing his doctorate in neuroscience at Oxford University in England.


Ananya Anand

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Ananya was a Neuroscience Honors student in the lab, graduating in 2013. She recently began a research position at the Thoracic Oncology Lab at UCS.


Jennifer Barredo

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After rotating in the lab Jennifer went on to work with David Badre and graduated from the Neuroscience Graduate Program in October 2013. She went on to take a position in the Brown University Imaging Center. 


Sofia Beas

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Sofia was a Leadership Alliance student in the summer of 2008. She graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso in May 2009 and matriculated into the neuroscience graduate program at The University of Florida College of Medicine. 


Hayley Bounds

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While in the Burwell Lab, Hayley developed a gait analysis assay to use on the hydrocephalus project. She is now a graduate student at UC Berkeley in Hillel Adesnik's lab.



Sandy Brown


Sandy Brown, a Brown Neuroscience Honors Student in the lab, graduated in 2006. He spent a year in the lab as a technician before going on to medical school in New Jersey. 



Dave Bucci

November 28, 1968 - October 15, 2019

David Bucci was a postdoctoral student in the laboratory from 1998 to 2001. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at the University of Vermont. In 2004, he joined the faculty at Dartmouth College as an Assistant Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences. After promotion to Associate Professor and then Professor, Dave was asked to serves as the Chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences. Our condolences to Dave's family, friends, and colleagues. 

Kimberly Casten

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Kimberly Casten, a Brown Neuroscience Honors Student in the lab, graduated in 2008. Kimbie is taking a year off to work as a research technician while applying to MD-PhD programs. 


Christine Cho

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Christine Cho, Brown Neuroscience Honors Student, graduated in 2008 and went on to the Neuroscience Graduate Program at Rockefeller. 


Lisa Dokovna 

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Lisa conducted her master’s research in the lab. She studied the reciprocal connections of the postrhinal cortex and lateral posterior nucleus of the thalamus. Lisa is currently applying to graduate school with a goal of studying the effects of alcohol on the developing brain


Emily Davies Gastelum

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Emily Davies, now Emily  Gastelum, was a Neuroscience Honors student in the lab, graduating in 2003. Emily received the Whalen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Brain and Behavior. After getting her MD at Duke University, Emily is now a practicing psychiatrist in Manhattan.

Anja Faerovik

Anja Faerovik joined the lab in May 2016 as an Investigator after working as a postdoctoral research with the late Howard Eichenbaum. Anja left the lab in May 2018 to work in industry and is currently interviewing for positions.



Gidon Felsen

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Gidon Felsen was a Neuroscience Honors student in the lab, the first one. He graduated in 1998 and spent the following year walking across the United States. After that adventure, Gidon went to graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley. He went to Cold Spring Harbor for postdoctoral studies. He is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

Sharon Furtak

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Sharon was a postdoc in the lab from 2007 to 2010. After a second postdoc a Mass General, she joined the faculty of the Department of Psychology at Sacremento State in California. 


Guadalupe Garcia

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Guadalupe was Rebecca’s first research student as an undergraduate at SUNY Stony Brook. She came to Brown to be the first technician in the lab before going on to dental school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Guadalupe is currently an assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.   

Meghan Gonsalves

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Meghan was a transfer student who was in the lab in 2014 and 2015. She is now in our Neuroscience Graduate Program.


Arune Gulati

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Arune Gulati was a Neuroscience Honors student in the lab, graduating in 20012. He received the Neuroscience Research prize. Arune is now in medical school at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Victoria Heimer-McGinn

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Victoria, a former postdoctoral researcher in the Burwell lab, completed her PhD in 2013 at University College Cork, Ireland under the supervision of Dr. Paul Young. She was a Fulbright Student Scholar (2006; Centre for Molecular Biology and Neuroscience, University of Oslo, Norway), and a National Hispanic Scholar (2002), and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Florida (2006). During her time at Brown she focused on the functional connectivity between the postrhinal and perirhinal cortices and on the neuronal correlates of behavior in these regions. She currently works in the Department of Psychology at Roger Williams University.

Jonathan Ho

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Former postdoc in the lab, Jon received his Ph.D in 2010 at the The MRC Centre for Synaptic Plasticity, University of Bristol, UK. He joined the Burwell Lab in April 2010 to continue his interests in the neural basis of learning of learning and memory with emphasis on parahippocampal structures.  Jon completed his postdoc in November 2013 and took a job in Hong Kong. He has since returned to London to pursue new adventures in neuroscience.

Alexia Ioannou 

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Alexia 'Alex' Ioannou was a Master's student in Biomedical Engineering, graduating in 2019. She attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for her undergraduate degree and obtained a dual degree in Mechanical engineering and Design, Innovation, and Society. She then worked at Melissa and Doug Toy company as a design engineer before applying to Brown. Alex is currently working in industry helping design medical equipment to aide people with special needs. 

Kwame Jackson

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Kwame is a senior at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana. Kwame rotated in the lab in the summer of 2014 as a part of an NSF Award. He worked with Krishan Aghi in the lab to replication a finding that gradual extinction of fear conditioning prevents the return of fear. This work has implications for trauma disorders. Kwame is applying to neuroscience graduate programs. 

Tara Jacobson

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Tara started her postdoctoral work at Brown with Dr. Burwell in 2011 used both electrophysiology and optogenetics to investigate circuits involved in memory and attention, and how regions such as the postrhinal cortex relays information important for the formation of new memories. She received her B.S. in Psychology in 2004 from the University of Washington, and went to graduate school in 2005 at the University of Connecticut. Tara now lives in Colorado working as a high school science teacher.

Vishesh Jain 

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Vishesh was involved in primarily computational work in the lab, particularly introducing dimensionality reduction techniques to the lab. Vishesh plans to work in a lab for a year before going to medical school.


Mike Jutras

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Mike Jutras was a Neuroscience Honors student in the lab, graduating in 2003. Mike received the Whalen Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in Brain and Behavior. He completed graduate school at Emory, and is currently an Instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Brendon Kent

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Brendon received a B.A. in Psychology from Grinnell College in 2007. After college he worked in a clinical research lab at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. While at Mount Sinai,  he helped run experiments which focused on the relationship between the dopaminergic system and cognitive deficits in schizophrenia spectrum patients. He joined the lab as a graduate student in 2010, and is currently doing statistical consulting in the DC area.

Alyssa LeTourneau


Alyssa LeTourneau, was a Neuroscience Honors Student and graduated in 2001. Alyssa went on to medical school at Georgetown. 


Sasha Lieblein  

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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.


Amanda Liu

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Amanda started in the Burwell lab as a freshman. She worked on numerous projects, but her thesis work addressed whether optogenetic techniques could be used to replace electrical intracranial stimulus for reward in our behavioral tasks. Amanda will be earning her MD her at Brown, class of 1019.


Lynn Mubita


Lynn Mubita graduated in Neuroscience in 2007 and went on to medical school at Columbia. 


Yolanda Patterson

Yolanda Patterson, a Tougaloo College undergraduate, came to the lab to do a research rotation in the summer of 2007.

Elizabeth Phillips

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Elizabeth Phillips was a Neuroscience concentrator who graduated in 2011. She went on to graduate school in Neuroscience at UCSF.


Jacqueline Phillips

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Brown 2017 graduate and Honors student.


Rohan Ramesh

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Rohan Ramesh was a Neuroscience concentrator who graduated in 2012. He went on to graduate school in Neuroscience at Harvard.


Kara Agster Saddoris

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Kara Agster was an undergraduate and then research technician in the laboratory of Howard Eichenbaum at Boston University.  As a Neuroscience graduate student working in the lab, Kara studied the structure and function of the perirhinal and postrhinal cortices. Kara graduated in 2007 and went on to do postdoctoral studies with Barry Waterhouse in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is now at UNC-Chapel Hill working with the mouse behavior core. She will be moving to Boulder, CO July 2014 with son, Cooper, and husband, Mike. 

Mike Saddoris

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Mike was a Brown Cognitive Neuroscience Honors. Mike graduated in 2002 but stayed to work in the lab as a technician. Mike went on to graduate school in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins.  Mike is currently doing postdoctoral work with Regina Carelli at the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill. In July 2014, he will join the Psychology faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder as an assistant professor. 

Kristen Kerr Scaplen

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Kristin (formerly Kristin Kerr) received her doctorate Neuroscience from Brown in 2013. For her doctoral work in the Burwell lab, she studied how landmarks and objects are processed by regions within the hippocampal memory system and used inactivation and electrophysiological methods to address this question. After a brief postdoc with the Burwell lab, she began training with Karla Kaun at Brown. She is currently using neurogenetic tools to investigate neural circuitry mechanisms underlying how memory valences are established.

Samantha Scudder

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Samantha Scudder was a Neuroscience concentrator who graduated in 2010. She went on to graduate school in Neuroscience at UCSD. 


 Maya Singh  |  Undergraduate Researcher

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Maya Singh concentrated in Contemplative Studies with a focus in Cognitive Neuroscience. Since her sophomore year, Maya was involved in multiple projects in the lab, most recently working with Postdoctoral Associate Dr. Victoria Heimer McGinn examining Postrhinal activity during the bi-conditional discrimination task. After graduation Maya will obtain her MPH at Brown and then hopes  enroll in a MD/PhD program to further understand the impact of meditation practices on proprioception and pain management. 

Ben Shanahan  |  Brown 2017 Graduate

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Ben continued at Brown University in the laboratory of Leigh Hochberg, MD, Ph.D. in Engineering. Our understanding is that Ben has gone on to graduate school. 


James Stomber

James is a cognitive neuroscience major at Brown, Class of 2015. He spent a year in the lab studying the effects of perirhinal and postrhinal damage on contextual fear conditioning. He was awarded an NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates fellowship to work in the lab in the summer of 2013.



Inês Tomás Pereira

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Ines is a former postdoctoral researcher in the Burwell Lab. In 2011 she received her PhD in Neuroscience from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in partnership with the National Institutes of Health. Under the supervision of Dr. Peter R. Rapp, she focused on studying the interactions between hippocampal and striatal memory systems in the context of spatial navigation, and how they are affected during normal aging. After joining the Burwell lab in 2013 she focused on the parallel processing between perirhinal and postrhinal cortices during contextual visual recognition. Ines is currently a Research Development & Support Specialist In the Carney Institute For Brain Science at Brown University.

Methma Udawatta

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Methma graduated in 2017. Brown 2017 graduate.



Chandler Werthmann

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Brown 2017 graduate.


Bailey Willis

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In May 2014 Bailey received his bachelor of science degree in Neuroscience. He then joined the Burwell lab to complete his fifth year Masters in Biotechnology from Brown. For his masters work, Bailey studied the peririrhinal and postrhinal efferents to prefrontal cortex. He has now returned to California to pursue a career in industry.  While at Brown, Bailey was a member of the nationally ranked crew team.

Katie Wilson

Katie Wilson was a Neuroscience concentrator who graduated in 2011. She went on to medical school in Texas.

Erica Woodland

 Erica Woodland, was a Psychology Honors Student who graduated in 2001. Erica returned to Baltimore with plans to go to graduate school in psychology or social work. 

Fang-Chi Yang

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Fang-Chi received her MS degree from National Taiwan University in 2007. She studied the relationship among the dorsal hippocampus, medial prefrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens on fear memory with Dr. Keng-Chen Liang. After that, she worked at Dr. WenMei Fu’s lab at the behavior core lab of Neurobiology and Cognitive Science Center, National Taiwan University for two years to study the behavioral deficit of knockout mice. Then, she went to National Chengchi University and worked with Dr. Ruey-Ming Liao to investigate the drug addiction and dopamine-related rewarding behaviors. She earned her doctorate in Psychology at Brown University in 2016. In the Burwell lab she studied the structure and function of the posterior parietal cortex with a focus on visuospatial attention. After Fang-Chi worked as a postdoc with Dr. Omar Ahmed at the University of Michigan, she came back to the lab as a postdoctoral research associate. 

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