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We use computational and brain science techniques to study the causal neural mechanisms of human cognition
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Who We Are
Robert M. G. Reinhart, PhDPrincipal Investigator
Rob completed his PhD at Vanderbilt University, forwent postdoctoral training, and accepted an appointment at Boston University in 2016, where he is currently the Director of the Cognitive & Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory (Reinhart Lab) and on the faculty in the Departments of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. Rob’s research primarily uses electrophysiological measurements of brain activity, computational modeling, noninvasive neuromodulation, and behavioral tasks to investigate the mechanisms of visual perception and cognition in healthy younger and older adults, and people with neuropsychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia. His research includes the development of improved noninvasive neuromodulation methods for the repair of neural and behavioral functions in people with schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and age-related cognitive impairment. Rob is the recipient of federal and private funding (including T32, F31 and R01 mechanisms) and the 2022 Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Wen Wen, PhDPostdoctoral Fellow
Wen is a Postdoctoral Fellow, and her major research interest is aging and memory. Wen received her BS from Beijing Normal University and PhD from Peking University. Her PhD focused on the neural mechanisms of attentional control, especially how humans ignore distractors based on attentional templates in working memory and long-term memory. Her work also involved how high-level factors, such as learning and expectation, modulate the inhibition process.
Shrey GroverPhD Student, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Shrey received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India. Following graduation, he worked as a Junior Research Intern at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he studied component processes of endogenous attention. During his graduate studies, Shrey is interested in exploring the cognitive mechanisms underlying learning and memory in humans using electrophysiology and noninvasive brain stimulation. Outside of the lab, Shrey enjoys reading about languages, writing systems and legal theories.
Chris GillPhD Student, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Chris received a BA in mathematics and psychology from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Before graduate school, Chris spent several years working in research labs studying visual perception, memory, and consciousness. In the Reinhart Lab, Chris is interested in studying the neural mechanisms supporting visual working memory and semantic memory. He is also interested in developing procedures for causally manipulating working memory capacity using noninvasive brain stimulation.
Frederik BaumgardtPhD Student, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Frederik is a PhD student in the Brain, Behavior & Cognition program at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Before joining Boston University, he received a Master’s in Mathematical Medicine and Biology from the University of Nottingham, UK and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Leipzig, Germany. His research interests focus on representational formats in visual working memory and EEG decoding analyses. Outside of the lab, Frederik enjoys beekeeping, riding his motorcycle, and spending time with family.
Debra (Han) HuangPhD Student, Biomedical Engineering
Debra received her BS and MSE from Johns Hopkins University, where she completed a master’s thesis on motor learning post-stroke. In the Reinhart lab, Debra is interested in dissecting visual working and long-term memory via behavioral and computational approaches. Outside of the lab, Debra serves on the board of GWISE at BU, a student organization focused on development of graduate students, DEI advocacy programs and volunteering.
Phillip (Xin) ChengResearch Fellow
Phillip (Xin) Cheng received his BA in Linguistics, Psychology, and Health Science from the University of Sydney and MS in Cognitive Science from Macquarie University. Before moving to Boston, he did research in Sydney, Australia, working with Anina Rich and Mike Le Pelley, studying visual perception and visual attention, and their interactions with motivational information such as reward and punishment. At the Reinhart Lab, Phillip is investigating the neurophysiological substrate of conscious and unconscious processing. He is also interested in understanding the relationship between consciousness and cognitive functions. n his free time, he enjoys reading, watching a lot of movies and TV series.
Megan O'ConnorMA Student, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Megan is a Master’s student in the Psychology program at Boston University. She is originally from Connecticut and obtained her BA in Neuroscience at Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts. She also obtained a graduate certificate in intraoperative neuromonitoring at the University of Connecticut and currently works for NuVasive Clinical Services as a Neurophysiologist in the operating room. Megan’s research interests include electrophysiology, noninvasive neuromodulation techniques, and neurodegenerative disorders. In her free time, Megan enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with her friends.
Sierra DaviesMA Student, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Sierra is a Master’s student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences program at Boston University. She is originally from Chicago where she attended Loyola University Chicago as an undergraduate, studying Neuroscience and Biology. Sierra is currently working on an EEG study looking at the temporal dynamics of visual attention in young and older populations. In her free time, Sierra enjoys painting, reading, weightlifting, and watching sci-fi movies.
Justine FragettaMA Student, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Justine is a Master’s student in the Psychological and Brain Sciences program at Boston University. She is originally from New York and obtained her BA in Psychology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Justine’s research interests broadly include visual working memory, consciousness, and attention. Her current research involves periodicity in visual attention. In her free time, Justine enjoys hiking, baking, and knitting.
Shruthi SankaranarayananMS Student, Biomedical Engineering
Shruthi is a Master’s student in Biomedical Engineering at Boston University. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biotechnology Engineering from R.V. College of Engineering, India. For her Master’s thesis, she is working on a project aimed at understanding the neurophysiology of unconscious visual working memory. In her free time, Shruthi enjoys reading, painting, and watching indie movies.
Doug HazelResearch Assistant
Douglas is a graduate student studying Neurobiology at Tufts University. As a longtime resident of Boston, he attended Boston University as an undergraduate student, where he obtained a degree in Neuroscience. For his master’s thesis, Douglas is working towards understanding the interactions between Alzheimer’s Disease pathologies and glucocorticoid inhibitors. Outside of the lab, Douglas enjoys reading, rock climbing and sampling great foods around the city.
Peyton BerningResearch Assistant
Peyton is a postbaccalaureate volunteer researcher in the Reinhart Lab. She is originally from Virginia and recently graduated from Boston University with a dual degree in Psychology and Music. Peyton is currently interested in utilizing EEG and tACS technology to understand and improve concurrent working memory function in aging populations. She is also fascinated by music’s potential to affect visual memory encoding and retrieval, and she hopes to further investigate its neuromodulatory and therapeutic effects in the future. In her free time, Peyton is a classical musician and loves playing the piano and cello. She also enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her family.
Chris PetterResearch Assistant
Chris is an undergraduate student majoring in Philosophy and Neuroscience on the pre-med track at Boston University. He is a volunteer at Reinhart Lab and is interested in cognitive neuroscience, especially as it relates to neuroplasticity and clinical applications of research. In his time off, Chris enjoys playing piano, exploring the city with friends, and spending time with his dogs.
Seth SchalliesResearch Assistant
Seth is an undergraduate senior at Boston University studying Psychology and Neuroscience. He is interested in valuation, probabilistic learning, and executive control and hopes to better understand decision making in both humans and other animals. He is a research assistant at the Pepperberg Avian Cognition Lab, volunteers at the Reinhart Lab, and has previously volunteered in the Decision & Cognition Lab. In his spare time, he enjoys birdwatching, running, and cooking.
Anne KouturesResearch Assistant
Rutvi JainResearch Assistant
Rutvi is an undergraduate student studying Biology and Psychology on the pre-med track at Boston University. She is interested in understanding the relationship between Biology and Psychology and exploring the mechanisms concerning learning and memory. In her free time, Rutvi enjoys reading, traveling, and playing badminton.