People

Director

Chandramallika Basak

Chandramallika Basak | Director
Assistant Professor
Behavioral and Brain Sciences, University of Texas at Dallas
Office: Center for Vital Longevity
1600 Viceroy Drive, Rm. 815b
Dallas, TX 75235

Curriculum Vitae

Phone: 972-883-3724
Email: [email protected]

Doctoral Students

Margaret O’ Connell

Margaret O’ Connell | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3767
Email: [email protected]

Margaret received her BS in Psychology from St. Lawrence University and her MS in applied cognition and neuroscience at UT Dallas. Her research interests include the cognitive and neural markers of aging, working memory and video game training to possibly offset the aging process, and plasticity of functional network and cognitive functioning due to these trainings. In her spare time, Margaret can be found at a broad range of concerts, enjoying local breweries, or sleeping.

Shuo Qin

Shuo Qin | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3767
Email: [email protected]

Shuo (Eva) received her BS in life sciences from the University of Toronto in 2012. She is currently a PhD student in the cognition & neuroscience program at UT Dallas. Her research interests are to understand the cognitive decline in older adults over the age of 60 and the underlying neural mechanism of age-related cognitive decline. Her recent publications include age-related difference in visual short-term memory and executive functions, and the corresponding differences in brain structure and activation between younger and older adults. Outside the lab, she likes to experiment with cooking. She is always looking for participants to try out new recipes.

Nick Ray

Nick Ray | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3764
Email: [email protected]

Nick graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011 with a BA in psychology and a BA in crime, law, and justice. He worked for the Center for Language Science for two years before joining the cognition and neuroscience doctoral program at UTD. His research interests include cognitive aging and working memory, and he is currently exploring the relationship between white matter integrity and video game learning/video game training. When he’s not too busy studying video games in the lab, he’s usually playing them at home. His favorite television show is Adventure Time. He also enjoys science fiction literature, edgy films, and a good game of disc golf.

Evan Smith

Evan Smith | Doctoral Student
Phone: 972-883-3774
Email: [email protected]

Evan graduated from Purchase College, State University of NY, in 2010 with a BA in psychology, and receives his MS in applied cognition and neuroscience from UT Dallas in 2015. He currently serves as Dr. Basak’s lab manager in addition to his roles as a research assistant and student. Evan’s research interest include the cognitive and neurological effects of skill learning and the development of expertise, as well as how these processes interact with age. Evan spends much of his free time playing and creating video games and table-top role-playing games, and in this latter capacity has contributed to TTRPG products published by End Transmission Games.

Research Assistant

Andrew Sun | Research Assistant | Andrew is an MS student in applied cognition and neuroscience at UT Dallas. He graduated in Dec. 2017 with an undergraduate degree in psychology at UT Dallas and has been working in the lab from his undergraduate days, and worked on a project with Nicholas Ray and Dr. Basak on how individual differences in working memory relate to other cognitive domains. He is currently funded as a research assistant on Dr. Basak’s grant on a clinical trial in healthy older adults.

Masters Students

Taylor Quance | Masters Student | Taylor is an MS student in applied cognition and neuroscience at UT Dallas. She is currently assisting in data collection on a project on children’s working memory and cognitive control with Dr. Basak and Evan Smith. She is also helping with data collection on memory training in younger adults, and a fMRI study on music and memory with Dr. Basak and Dr. Dowling.

Undergraduate Students

Ashlyn Huang | Undergraduate Student | Ashlyn is an undergraduate student of psychology in UT Dallas, who is working on her honors thesis with Dr. Basak as her mentor.

Rahul Rajesh | Undergraduate Student | Rahul is an undergraduate student majoring in psychology at UT Dallas. His current research interests are how complex learning is related to past experience and is also assisting with a working memory training study.

Bhargavi Rao | Undergraduate Student | Bhargavi is an undergraduate student of cognitive science at UT Dallas. She is currently interested in cognitive training impacts in working and short term memory and its potential influences on architectural adaptations.

Amsha Reddy | Undergraduate Student | Amsha is an undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience (Pre-Health) at UT Dallas. She is interested in the variance in memory in different age groups and the effects of cognitive training on memory function.

Lab Alumni

Kaoru Nashiro | Postdoctoral Research Associate at LiNC | Current position: Research Scientist at University of Southern California

M. Irene Cunha | Masters Student (ACN) and Research Assistant at LiNC | Current position: Physician at Hospital Central do Ex’ercito, Brazil

Alex Hinerman | Masters Student Current Position: Adjunct Professor at Sandy Lake Community College, UT

Nithya Ramakrishnan | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Research Engineer at Department of Psychiatry, UT Health Sciences, Houston

Xi Chen | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Doctoral student at UT Dallas

Erum Whyne | Masters Student (PS) at LiNC | Current position: Research Coordinator at VA North Texas Healthcare System, Dallas

Yuguang (Irene) Zhao | Masters Student (ACN) and Research Assistant at LiNC | Current position: Doctoral student at UT Dallas

Melissa Druskis | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Board Certified Behavior Analyst at Therapy and Beyond, North Texas.

Chad Richards | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC

Haripriya Srinivasaraghavan | Masters Student (ACN) at LiNC | Current position: Software Engineer in Industry

Aparna Gudimetla | Undergraduate Student (UT Dallas) at LiNC | Current Position: Medical School student at Emory University

W. Christian Martin | Undergraduate Student (UT Dallas) at LiNC | Current position: Medical School student at Texas A&M University

Wali Azeem | Undergraduate Student (UT Dallas) at LiNC

Sean Kothapally | Undergraduate Student (UT Dallas) at LiNC

Yoonchung (Laura) Choi | High School (Groton School, MA) Intern at LiNC | Current position: Undergraduate student at Georgetown University

Arit Banerjee | Masters Student ACN at LiNC | Current position: ACN student at UT Dallas.