SCIENTIFIC TEAM

The passionate LEADER and DIRECTOR

The passionate LEADER and DIRECTOR

Dr. Rosanna Olsen

Dr. Rosanna Olsen

Dr. Olsen is the passionate LEADER and DIRECTOR of the Olsen Lab. She is a Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute (RRI) at Baycrest and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.

 

She received her PhD in Psychology with concentration in cognitive neuroscience from Stanford University in California. She then completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Mrinmayi Kulkarni

Mrinmayi is a postdoctoral research fellow in the labs of Drs. Rosanna Olsen and Brad Buchsbaum at the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest.

 

She completed her Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of York, UK, and completed her Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, USA . During her graduate training, she utilized behavior, eye-tracking, and fMRI to examine the interactions between long-term memory and other systems such as attention and cognitive control.

 

She is interested in using multimodal techniques to investigate how brain networks underlying encoding and retrieval are flexibly recruited to guide behavior, and aims to examine how these processes change with age and disease, with an emphasis on identifying factors that may alleviate age-related cognitive decline.

mkulkarni@research.baycrest.org

GRADUATE STUDENTS
Shireen Parimoo

Shireen Parimoo

Shireen is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is co-supervised by Dr. Olsen and Dr. Cheryl Grady.

She completed her Bachelor's of Science at the University of Toronto, with concentrations in Psychology. She has volunteered at the Olsen lab since 2016. 

Her current project investigates the effect of hyperbinding in older adults. She aims to find out if memory impairment in the elderly is partially due to inappropriate allocation of attention and memory to irrelevant details. 

Shireen Parimoo, PhD4 

Kirk Geier, PhD4

Kirk is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

 

He completed his BSc in Biomedical Science with concentration in neuroscience from King’s College London. He then went on to complete his Master’s in Space Physiology and Health. His experiences range from working with C.elegans and rats, to working in a diagnostic setting, to conducting neuroimaging and eye-tracking experiments.

Kirk Geier

Kirk Geier

Negar Mazloum-Farzaghi, PhD2

Negar is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. She is co-supervised by Dr. Rosanna Olsen and Dr. Jennifer Ryan.

 

She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology at York University. Some of her experiences in cognitive neuroscience include delivering research based interventions to patients with dementia in order to investigate effects on memory, as well as exploring the neuroscience of learning and memory in younger and older adults.

 

She is interested in examining the structural brain changes that occur in older adults who are exhibiting early signs of cognitive decline, as well as identifying specific regions of the brain that are affected by neurological impairments.

Lydia is a graduate student in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. 

 

She completed her Bachelor of Science at the University of Alberta with concentrations in Psychology as well as a minor in Biological Science. She then went on to complete her Master of Science in Psychological Science at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (UIUC). Her experiences range from working with healthy adults and subclinical population to conducting neuroimaging and EEG experiments. 

Her current project investigates visual discrimination and white matter MTL structures. 

ljiang@research.baycrest.org

Lydia Jiang, PhD2

Nick Hoang, PhD2

Nick is a graduate student, co-supervised by Drs. Rosanna Olsen and Bradley Buchsbaum, in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto. 

His research assesses pattern completion and pattern separation as a function of eye movements, brain activations, healthy aging, and hippocampal amnesia. 

 

In 2016 and under the supervision of Drs. Shayna Rosenbaum and Morris Moscovitch, he assessed pattern separation in the auditory and visual modalities of healthy older adults and amnesic patients; the findings were presented as a nano-symposium talk at Neuroscience 2017 in Washington, D.C. 

 

In 2018, he conducted an fMRI study under Dr. Morris Moscovitch to assess gist and detailed mnemonic discrimination of highly similar scenes along the hippocampal longitudinal axis. The behavioural and neuroimaging results were presented as posters in Neuroscience 2019 in Chicago and Cognitive Neuroscience Society 2020 in Boston, respectively.

 

For access to his online CV, please click on the link below:
http://www2.psych.utoronto.ca/Neuropsychologylab/nick.html

nhoang@research.baycrest.org

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS and VOLUNTEERS

Linke Yu

Research Assistant

Fall 2018 to Present

Wei Shao

Research Assistant

Fall 2019 to Present

Catherine Wang

Research Assistant

Fall 2019 to Present

Anika Choi

Research Assistant

Fall 2018 to Present

LAB ALUMNI
Yesh Rai

Yesh Rai

Summer 2016

Anastasia Liu

Summer 2016

Claire Lung

Claire Lung

Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Rachelle Martell

Rachelle Martell

Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Mikaeel Valli

Lab Manager: Fall 2016 - Summer 2018

Graduate Student, UofT

Claire Lung

Shamanth Chedde

Fall 2017

Claire Lung

Verena Mikhail

Winter 2017 to Fall 2018

Claire Lung

Keisha Joseph

Winter 2018

Lauren Iafrate

Research Assistant

Summer 2019

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Nahid Iseyas

Volunteer

Fall 2017-June 2019

Leanne Mendoza

Jessica Robin

Postdoctoral Fellow: 2016-2019

Scientist at Winterlight Labs

Leanne Mendoza

Research Assistant: Summer 2016 to Fall 2019

Graduate Student, UCL

Nathanael Shing

Lab Manager: 2018 - 2020

Medical Student

Zenan (Tommy) Tang

Volunteer

Summer 2019 - Spring 2021

Juliet Fowler 

Research Assistant 

Summer 2021

Aasritha Thotakura

Summer 2017

Kristine Jeganathan

Summer 2017

Yumna Farooq 

Winter 2017 to Summer 2017

Photo Gallery

Get a perspective of the lab's spirit! 

Christmas Party at Dr. Olsen's!
Christmas Party at Dr. Olsen's!

Dr. Olsen invites the lab over for a Christmas party!

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Farewell lunch for Leanne!
Farewell lunch for Leanne!

Lunch with Leanne before she heads to graduate school. We will miss you!

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RA Bonding
RA Bonding

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Christmas Party at Dr. Olsen's!
Christmas Party at Dr. Olsen's!

Dr. Olsen invites the lab over for a Christmas party!

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