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SCIENTIFIC TEAM

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.

POST DOCTORAL FELLOW

Dr. Jessica Robin

Jessica is a POST DOCTORAL FELLOW at the Olsen Lab.

She completed her Bachelor's of Arts and Science at McGill University, with concentrations in Cognitive Science and Chemistry. She then completed a Master's and PhD in Psychology at the University of Toronto, under the supervision of Dr. Morris Moscovitch. Her PhD research focused on memory and the hippocampus, specifically, examining the interaction of spatial and episodic memory in behaviour and in the brain.

GRADUATE STUDENTS

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

Kirk Geier

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

 

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

Negar Mazloum

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.

LAB MANAGER

Nathanael Shing

Nathanael is a research assistant and the current lab manager in the Olsen lab.

 

He obtained his BScH in Life Science with a Specialisation in Drug Development and Human Toxicology from Queen's University. He then went on to complete his Master's in Advanced Neuroimaging from University College London, London, UK.

 

His experience in neuroscience research ranges from studying neural oscillations in genetically engineered mice to studying cell-free nucleic acids as a biomarker for Alzheimer's Disease. He is currently involved in a collaborative project studying brain changes in aging via imaging, eye-tracking, and behavioral measures.

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS and VOLUNTEERS
Rachelle Martell

Nahid Iseyas

Volunteer

Fall 2017-Present

Linke Yu

Research Assistant

Fall 2018 to Present

Anika Choi

Research Assistant

Fall 2018 to Present

Zenan Tang

Volunteer

Summer 2019 - Present

LAB ALUMNI
Yesh Rai

Yesh Rai

Summer 2016

Rachelle Martell

Anastasia Liu

Summer 2016

Claire Lung

Claire Lung

Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Claire Lung

Rachelle Martell

Fall 2016 to Spring 2017

Claire Lung

Verena Mikhail

Winter 2017 to Fall 2018

Leanne Mendoza

Mikaeel Valli

Lab Manager: Fall 2016 - Summer 2018

Graduate Student, UofT

Claire Lung

Keisha Joseph

Winter 2018

Aasritha Thotakura

Summer 2017

Kristine Jeganathan

Summer 2017

Yumna Farooq 

Winter 2017 to Summer 2017

Shamanth Chedde

Fall 2017

Lauren Iafrate

Research Assistant

Summer 2019

Leanne Mendoza

Research Assistant: Summer 2016 to Fall 2019

Graduate Student, UCL

Photo Gallery

Get a perspective of the lab's spirit! 

Post-doc Jess Robin at CNS

Dr. Robin draws a crowd at CNS with her poster on naturalistic viewing