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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

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Graham Flick

Graham Flick is a postdoctoral fellow in the labs of Drs. Rosanna Olsen, Jennifer Ryan, and Jed Meltzer at the Rotman Research Institute.

 

He completed his Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University before spending three years as a Research Assistant in the MEG Lab of New York University Abu Dhabi. He then completed his PhD in Cognitive Psychology at New York University, where his research examined visual word recognition and semantic processing in reading, using a combination of MEG, MRI, and eye-tracking.

 

Graham is broadly interested in elucidating the brain systems that support language and memory, and characterizing how these systems may break down in disease and aging. 

gflick@research.baycrest.org

GRADUATE STUDENTS
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Negar Mazloum-Farzaghi, PhD4

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.

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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, PhD4

Nick Hoang, PhD4

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

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Savannah Tremblay, PhD2

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

 

She recently completed her Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. Her previous research experiences examined differences in recognition memory across different modalities, and the directed-forgetting paradigm.


Her current project will examine how brain oscillations contribute to different aspects of memory.

stremblay@research.baycrest.org

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RESEARCH ASSISTANTS and VOLUNTEERS
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Niroja Balakumar

Research Assistant

Summer 2022 to Present

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Xuan Zhang

Research Assistant

Fall 2022 to Present

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Barbara Gundi

Research Assistant

Summer 2022 to Present

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Samuel Hsu 

Research Assistant 

Summer 2023 to present

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Shireen Parimoo

Graduate Student

2017 - 2023

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Kirk Geier

Graduate Student

 2018 - 2023

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Cassidy Lamirande

Research Assistant Summer 2023

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Linke Yu

Research Assistant

Fall 2018 to Summer 2022

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Tanya Doshi

Research Assistant

Fall 2021 to Winter 2022

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Amir Motabar

Research Assistant

Winter 2022 to Fall 2022

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Anika Choi

Research Assistant

Fall 2018 to Winter 2022

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Wei Shao

Research Assistant

Fall 2019 to Winter 2022

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Catherine Wang

Research Assistant

Fall 2019 to Winter 2022

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Nathanael Shing

Lab Manager: 2018 - 2020

Medical Student

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Zenan (Tommy) Tang

Research Volunteer

Summer 2019 - Spring 2021

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Juliet Fowler 

Research Assistant 

Summer 2021

Claire Lung

Verena Mikhail

Research Assistant

Winter 2017 to Fall 2018

Claire Lung

Keisha Joseph

Research Assistant

Winter 2018

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Lauren Iafrate

Research Assistant

Summer 2019

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Nahid Iseyas

Research Volunteer

Fall 2017-June 2019

Leanne Mendoza
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Jessica Robin

Postdoctoral Fellow: 2016-2019

Scientist at Winterlight Labs

Leanne Mendoza

Research Assistant: Summer 2016 to Fall 2019

Graduate Student, UCL

Rachelle Martell

Rachelle Martell

Research Assistant

Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

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Mikaeel Valli

Lab Manager: Fall 2016 - Summer 2018

Graduate Student, UofT

Claire Lung

Shamanth Chedde

Research Assistant

Fall 2017

Yesh Rai

Yesh Rai

Research Assistant

Summer 2016

Anastasia Liu

Anastasia Liu

Research Assistant

Summer 2016

Claire Lung

Claire Lung

Research Assistant

Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Aasritha Thotakura

Research Assistant

Summer 2017

Kristine Jeganathan

Research Assistant

Summer 2017

Yumna Farooq 

Research Assistant

Winter 2017 to Summer 2017

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