CURRENT LAB MEMBERS

GRADUATE STUDENTS

TEODORA STOICA

Teodora Stoica is a 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.  Teodora's research investigates how dynamic neuroarchitecture gives rise to our empathic ability. This crucial social skill permeates daily communication, playing a role in harmonious interpersonal relationships and provides an emotional bridge that promotes prosocial behavior towards members of stigmatized groups. Utilizing multimodal neuroimaging techniques, the research aims to illuminate the dynamic interplay between brain networks underlying empathy and other mental processes such as emotion regulation. The resultant findings can guide interventions intended to elevate empathy at a societal level. When she isn't looking for colorful significance maps in the brain, she can be found cooking something very delicious (and eating all of it) and playing cello. 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 third-year experimental psychology doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the Neuroimaging Laboratory of Cognitive, Affective, and Motoric Processes at the University of Louisville. Her primary research interests include using fMRI to examine the impacts of childhood traumatic stress on the brain’s structure and function, and to uncover mediators of these physiological and psychological impacts to aid in the development of interventions throughout the lifespan. She earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Western Kentucky University, her master's degree in social work from Western Kentucky University, and her master's degree in experimental psychology from the University of Louisville.

OLIVIA COOK

Olivia Cook is a second year doctoral fellow in Experimental Psychology at the University of Louisville. Her primary research goal is to use fMRI to further the affective neuroscience field’s knowledge of the complex and underexplored ​neural correlates underlying the processes of anxiety and fear extinction to better treatment and understanding of individuals with anxiety disorders.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.

JESSI KANE

Jessi Kane is a third year PhD student in Experimental Psychology at the University of Louisville.

LUIS ALVARADO

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

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.

DALLAS BRUMFIELD

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

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.

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
LINDSAY KNIGHT

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