Our Team


Tamari Shalamberidze, PhD student, Fall 2019 - present "Hi, my name is Tamari and I am a PhD Student at the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute. I use electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate brain rhythms related to anxiety and memory processes. Despite the fact that anxiety and memory are typically studied separately, they share an EEG correlate, called Frontal Midline Theta (FMT) oscillation. My goal is to discover the neural relationship between anxiety, memory, and FMT."

Contact: shalambe@ualberta.ca



Amir Shafaghat, Psychology Undergraduate, Winter 2020 - present "When given a list of items to study and remember later, most people find it easier to divide the list into groups (chunks) of smaller sizes. Research has shown that such grouping strategies are, indeed, effective in improving memory for lists of items, when the order of those items is important. My research involves studying the effects of different chunking (grouping) approaches on memory mechanisms used to store and retrieve lists of complex stimuli."

Contact: shafagha@ualberta.ca



Sergio Barra, Masters Student, Fall 2021 - present "My research is about how memory for a given word is affected by its different meanings and the context that activates such meanings (if one studies RIVER-BANK, BANK is harder to recognize when you think about MONEY). My focus is on testing the predictions given by our mathematical models regarding this effect, and see how they may generalize to other memory phenomena."

Contact: sbarraro@ualberta.ca



Ayaan Jutt, Computer Science Undergraduate, Winter 2023 - present "My name is Ayaan Jutt, an I am currently researching whether or not sleep can retroactively fix the issues of associative interference"

Contact: ajutt@ualberta.ca



Muhammad Bilal Khan, Psychology Undergraduate, Winter 2023 - present "My name is Bilal and I am currently researching how people judge the relative order of two items in a list, and the potential influences of item similarity on the task"

Contact: mbkhan@ualberta.ca



Madhvi Sharma, Psychology Undergraduate, Fall 2023 - present "Hi I’m Madhvi! I’m currently working on creating a replication of the Schvaneveldt lexical ambiguity experiment. This is to test whether there is a difference in reaction times when dominant vs non-dominant meanings are presented after an ambiguous word."

Contact: madhvi@ualberta.ca


Gaurav Bansal, Psychology Undergraduate, Fall 2023 - present "My name is Gaurav and I am researching how effectively people are able to estimate their recall ability in both the forward and backward directions when asked to recall a list of consonants."

Contact: gbansal@ualberta.ca



Jeremy Thomas, Masters student, Spring/Summer 2018 - Spring/Summer 2023

Contact: jjthomas@ualberta.ca CV: PDF



Shikang Peng, Psychology Undergraduate, volunteer research assistant, Winter 2022 - Winter 2023

Contact: shikang@ualberta.ca



Naomi Robinson, Psychology Undergraduate, Winter 2022 - Summer/Spring 2023

Contact: nrobinso@ualberta.ca


Felicitas Kluger, PhD student, Spring/Summer 2018 - 2022

Contact: kluger@ualberta.ca



Debby Olademeji, Neuroscience Undergraduate , Winter 2019 - 2022

Contact: doladime@ualberta.ca



Kezziah Ayuno, Psychology Undergraduate, Spring 2021 - 2022

Contact: ayuno@ualberta.ca



Sucheta Chakravarty, Doctoral candidate, Fall 2015 - 2021 Recipient of Doctoral recruitment scholarship 2015, University of Alberta. Research interests: Neural mechanisms of feedback based value learning in humans, machine learning.

Contact: sucheta@ualberta.ca


Yvonne Chen, Phd Jan 2011 - April 2017, Recipient of Bennet B. Murdock Award for best poster at the 2012 Context in Episodic Memory Symposium. Research interest : The neural mechanisms of human memory from encoding to retrieval

Contact: yvonne.chen@ualberta.ca


Christopher Madan, Psychology Phd Sept 2009 - 2013. Presently posdoctoral research fellow at Boston College Recipient of CIHR master’s fellowship, QEII doctoral fellowship, DAAD graduate scholarship for study abroad (Germany), NSERC doctoral fellowship (CGS-D) and two Alberta Gaming Research Institute studentships. Thesis title : Influence Of Motivational Salience On Memory

Contact : http://www.cmadan.com


Leanna Cruikshank, Neuroscience PhD Jan. 2008 – June 2014 Presently clinical trainee at University of British Columbia Recipient of QEII doctoral fellowship and Dissertation Fellowship. Thesis title : The electrophysiology of human visuomotor integration during memory guided action.


Yang Liu, Psychology PhD Aug 2008 - 2015 Recipient of NSERC doctoral fellowship and a QEII-D. Earned a MITACS Accelerate internship. Thesis title: Human order memory: insights from the relative-order task.



Ulises Rodriguez Dominguez, PhD student
Sept. 2016 - July 2017 Research Interest: Memory models

Contact: ulises@ualberta.ca


Kenichi Kato, Psychology M.Sc candidate Sept. 2013 - Nov. 2017 Research interest : Mathematical models of memory

Contact: kkato1@ualberta.ca



Simranjit Grewal, 1st year Science undergraduate, November 2017 Research interest:

Contact: sgrewal@ualberta.ca


Lin Wang, PhD, Summer 2018 - Winter 2019

Contact: lwang16@ualberta.ca


Isaac Ward, undergraduate, Spring/Summer 2018 - Winter 2019

Contact: iward@ualberta.ca


Courtney Stolz, 4th year Psychology & Biology undergraduate, April 2017 Research interest: Effect of value on memory

Contact: cstolz@ualberta.ca


Preet Parmar, undergraduate, Winter 2018

Contact: preet@ualberta.ca


Nicole Dittmann, 3rd year Neuroscience undergraduate, Winter 2017 - Winter 2019 Research interest:

Contact: ndittman@ualberta.ca


Nitya Khetarpal, 2nd year Neuroscience undergraduate, Winter 2018 - Winter 2019

Contact: nkhetarp@ualberta.ca


Briana Kroeker, undergraduate, Winter 2018 - Winter 2019

Contact: bkroeker@ualberta.ca


Sophie Trageser, undergraduate, Winter 2018

Contact: trageser@ualberta.ca


Kaiyuan Xu, undergraduate, Winter 2018 - Spring/Summer 2020

Contact: kaiyuan@ualberta.ca



Tomi Ann Limcangco, Psychology undergraduate Psychology 496, Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 Undergraduate research initiative, Summer 2016 Research interest : Item memory and order memory

Contact: tomiann@ualberta.ca


Hanna Warawa, undergraduate 2016 - 2017


Matthew Danyluik, Neuroscience Undergraduate, Fall 2019 - Fall 2021

Zainab Sari, Neuroscience undergraduate, Fall 2015

Angela Wan, undergraduate (Psychology 299), Fall 2015

Anam Wattoo, undergraduate (Psychology 496), Fall 2014

Avik Sharma, undergraduate (Psychology 496) and NSERC USRA, Jan 2014 - 2015

Yondu Mori, undergraduate (Psychology Honours), 2013 - 2015

Patricia (Ioana) Bacus, undergraduate (Psychology 496/8), Sept 2013 - May 2014

Aditi Gupta, undergraduate (Psychology 496), May 2013 - March 2014

Isha Ober, undergraduate (Neuroscience Honours, Psychology 496 and NSERC USRA) Jan 2013 - 2015

Brittany Hopkins, undergraduate (Psychology 496), Jan 2013 - May 2013

Monica Bottomley, undergraduate (Neuroscience Honours), July 2012 - May 2013

Ivan Witt, undergraduate (Neuroscience Honours), Feb 2012

Shrida Sahadevan, undergarduate (Neuroscience Honours and URI), Nov 2011 - 2015

Nathan Ikuta, undergraduate (Psychology 496), Winter 2012

Jumjury Hemmerich, undergraduate (Psychology 496), Spring 2010

Bevin Cheng, undergraduate (Psychology 299, 496 and 498), Feb 2009 - 2012

Jennifer Cole Andrews, undergraduate (Psychology 496 and 498), 2009 -2010

Kathy Boulton, undergraduate (Psychology 496) and research assistant, Apr 2007 - 2008

Jingjing Song, undergraduate (Psychology 299) and research assistant, Sept 2008 - 2009

Enoch Ng, undergraduate (Psychology 496) and research assistant, Jan 2008 - Aug 2009

Rachel Burton, undergraduate (Psychology Honours) and research assistant, Mar 2007 - April 2010

Michelle Chan, undergraduate (Psychology 496, Canada Summer Jobs 2007, NSERC USRA 2008) and research assistant, Mar 2007 - Aug 2009 and Psychology graduate student on lab rotation, Winter 2011.

Adam Hughes, undergraduate research assistant, Oct 2006 - Aug 2009

Mayank Rehani, undergraduate (Psychology 496, Canada Summer Jobs 2007) and research assistant, Oct 2006 - Aug 2009

Darren Bedwell, research assistant (Summer temporary employment program), Oct 2006 - 2008

Isabel Lek, research assistant, May 2010–May 2011.

Stan Hrybouski, research assistant, Sept 2010–April 2011 and Neuroscience graduate student on lab rotation, Winter 2013.

Anton Poon, research assistant, Jan–April, 2010.

Bridgette Gerson, research assistant, June 2009–Oct 2009.

Mark Hueppelsheuser, research assistant, Jan 2008–Mar 2009.

Andrea Shafer, Neuroscience graduate student on lab rotation, Winter 2009.

Tara Whitten, Neuroscience graduate student on lab rotation, Fall 2008.

Farhang Nazer, Neuroscience graduate student on lab rotation, Fall 2007.