CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

LINDSAY KNIGHT

Born and raised among the redwoods in Sonoma County, CA, Lindsay attended Indiana University to pursue degrees in Psychology and Ballet Performance. During her time as an undergrad, Lindsay gained research experience testing potential therapeutics for chronic pain in the Mackie Lab, as well as working in a clinical neuropsychology office that specializes in rehabilitation for traumatic brain injury. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Lindsay relocated to Louisville and danced professionally with the Louisville Ballet for two years before applying to graduate programs. Lindsay is now a Ph.D. Candidate in the Translational Neuroscience program at the University of Louisville. Her current research pursuits include exploring the basic neural mechanisms of threat processing (i.e. fear and anxiety) and emotion regulation (ER) using fMRI and behavioral methodologies. Additionally, Lindsay is involved in two clinical collaborations using pre- and post-imaging to characterize structural and functional neural changes related to treatment interventions for eating disorders and functional movement disorders. Her future work aims to investigate whether training can be utilized to improve ER, and how these ER mechanisms are altered in clinical populations (i.e. generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD).

TEODORA STOICA

Teodora Stoica is a fifth year PhD Candidate in the Translational Neuroscience program at the University of Louisville.  Before joining NILCAMP, Teodora spent several years in neuroimaging research.  She earned a BA in psychology from East Carolina University in NC and completed her M.S in Neuroscience from the University of Hartford in CT.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of cognition and emotion, specifically how the neural substrates of emotional processes influence those of cognition and how this interplay influences subsequent behavior. She is currently investigating how neural networks underlying social intelligence may be related to those underlying executive functions. When she isn't looking for colorful significance maps in the brain, she can be found running marathons and writing for her science communication blog, CuriousCortex. Teodora also enjoys science outreach, and has served in several leadership positions that bring science minded activities to the local community. In 2017, she  founded an 8-week summer internship program, Louisville Science Pathways, which offers hands-on research experience for high-school students which has since expanded to include University of Kentucky’s campus as Kentucky Science Pathways.  Teodora is originally from Romania.

KARISA HUNT

Karisa Hunt is a second-year doctoral student in the Experimental Psychology program at the University of Louisville. She earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Social Work from Western Kentucky University. She served on WKU’s Clinical Applied Research team, where she studied body image, male body dysmorphia, disordered eating, and body satisfaction following media exposure. Her primary research interests include: mediators of the physiological and psychological impacts of childhood traumatic stress in later life, and impacts of traumatic stress on the brain’s structure and function. 

LUIS ALVARADO

Luis Alvarado is a fourth year graduate student interested in spinal cord injury and its effects on brain function.

OLIVIA COOK

Olivia Cook is a first year PhD  candidate in Experimental Psychology at the University of Louisville. She was an undergraduate at UofL where she received a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Chemistry. In her spare time she enjoys crocheting and digital illustrations. Her favorite part of the brain is the sensory homunculus in the primary somatosensory cortex.

LAB MANAGER

REGINA FLOMO

Regina Flomo is a senior psychology major with hopes of going to medical school and specializing in pediatric neurology. Her experience working with kids with autism spectrum disorder as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders sparked her interest in neuroscience and research. In her free time she enjoys reading, trying out new restaurants, going to concerts, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

NANCY NGO

Nancy Ngo is an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Natural Sciences with minors in Biology and Spanish. Upon graduation, she wishes to enter medical school to be a neurologist. She attempts to relieve stress by working out, volunteering on the weekends, practice piano, and organizing events for her organizations.  Her favorite part of the brain is the cerebellum. 

HANNAH FIGG

Hannah Figg is a Junior biology major, Spanish minor, and on the pre-med track. She is currently interested in pediatrics or neurology (or some combination of those two), is currently a research assistant in the NILCAMP lab in order to learn more about the many processes of the brain as well as develop research-based critical thinking skills. Fun fact about Hannah - she is a group fitness instructor and loves to work out and try new outdoor activities.

LUCUS HODGE

Lucus Hodge is a Junior psychology major and is interested in the relationship between brain structure and impulsivity, with plans to attend either medical school or graduate school in the future.

MATTHEW HARPER

Matthew Harper is a Neuroscience major at the University of Louisville. He is interested in memory engrams and cognitive function in patients with CTE and/or PTSD.

MATTHEW HARPER

Matthew Harper is a Neuroscience major at the University of Louisville. He is interested in memory engrams and cognitive function in patients with CTE and/or PTSD.

VISITING RESEARCH SCIENTIST

XIAOLU QIU

Xiaolu Qiu is a visiting scholar from Jiangxi Provincial Children's Hospital in China as a developmental-behavioral pediatrician. She is interested in the neuroscience of Autism Spectrum Disorder. she is currently in the NILCAMP lab in order to learn more about the processes of the neuroimaging and to develop research-based thinking skills. This lab, especially Dr. Depue, teaches her a lot in neuroscience.

HONORARY LAB MEMBERS

ELIOT DEPUE

Eliot is a (super young!) investigator award winner. He enjoys playing with his best buddy, Early the dog, and thinking about the meaning of the universe while his dad writes grants.

LAB ALUMNI

FARAH NAAZ, PhD
Clinical Research Scientist, John Hopkins University
NICK FOGLEMAN
Clinical Psychology O'Grady Resident, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 
SAMANTHA PATTON
 
Predoctoral Psychology Intern, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System
BROOKE SIERS
Clinical Research Coordinator- Norton Cancer Institute
SAJJAD TORABIAN
 
Research Assistant, Stanford University
MELINA RAMIE
 
Neuroscience Graduate Student, Miami University 
LEONARD FAUL
 
Cognitive Neuroscience Graduate student,
Duke University 
LAUREN GRANT
 
Cognitive Neuroscience Graduate Student, 
University of Michigan 
SARAH WITTEN 
LESLIE HODGES
BRIGID MEAGHER

SARAH L'HEUREUX

EMILY WELLS
KATHRYN MATTINGLY

DALLAS BRUMFIELD

Dallas Brumfield is a senior psychology major at the University of Louisville.

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