People

Ronald Huang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ronald Huang, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Ronald is an undergraduate student interested in using software to study brain activity and other areas of biomedical engineering. Outside of school, he enjoys working out and playing volleyball and tennis.

Irene Zhu, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Irene Zhu, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Irene is an undergraduate student studying Physics and is expected to graduate in 2023. Her interest include studying the brain using imaging methods such as MRI. Outside of school, she likes skating and playing volleyball.

Nicholas Cicero, Graduate Student

Nicholas Cicero, Graduate Student

Nicholas is a student in the graduate program for neuroscience at Boston University. He received his B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University in 2020. As a research assistant and lab manager in the Affect and Cognition Lab at Cornell he helped collect and analyze functional MRI data in younger, middle, and older healthy adults. With this data he characterized altered functional coupling between brainstem and subcortical areas during selective attention and long-term memory. He additionally helped analyze resting-state functional MRI data in relation to measures of heart rate variability and gut microbiome species. His primary research interests are applying functional neuroimaging techniques to understand temporal and spatial dynamics of subcortical and brainstem nuclei.

Iris Vinal, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Iris Vinal, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Iris is an undergraduate student studying Neuroscience and is expected to graduate in 2023. Her interests include studying the effects of psychological disorders on brain signals. Outside of school, she likes to go on hikes with her dogs and paint.

Emilia Schimmelpfennig, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emilia Schimmelpfennig, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Emilia is an undergraduate student majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Philosophy at Boston University, expecting to graduate in 2024. She is currently assisting in collecting data for the sleep deprivation studies. Her interests include studying the relationship between the physical body and mind as well as the effects of sleep deprivation on the mental state. Outside of school, she enjoys reading and hiking.

Nicole Leonard, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicole Leonard, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nicole is an undergraduate student majoring in neuroscience with a minor in human physiology at BU, expected to graduate in 2023. Her interests include understanding the neuropathology of Parkinson's Disease and the effects of sleep deprivation on neurodegenerative disorders. She is currently assisting in data collection for the sleep deprivation studies.

Taylor Ly, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Taylor Ly, Undergraduate Research Assistant

Taylor is an undergraduate student majoring in Biomedical Engineering, expected to graduate in 2023. They are currently assisting in collecting data for the sleep deprivation studies. Their interests include signal processing and computational modeling, and outside of class they enjoy playing soccer and Minecraft.

May Aon, Undergraduate Research Assistant

May Aon, Undergraduate Research Assistant

May is an undergraduate student studying biomedical engineering at Boston University. She is originally from Cairo, Egypt. Her interests include the rehabilitation of individuals recovering from neurological disorders and the effects of sleep deprivation on one's mood. Currently, May is assisting in data collection for sleep deprivation studies. She plans on graduating in 2024

Ewa Beldzik, Postdoctoral Researcher

Ewa Beldzik, Postdoctoral Researcher

Ewa is a cognitive neuroscientist who received her Ph.D. at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her previous project was focused on exploring the nature of the medial frontal cortex activity in conflict tasks using the simultaneous EEG-fMRI technique. She is also interested in the mechanisms behind sleep-debt-related vigilance deterioration. Her current goal in the Lewis Lab is to investigate the neural underpinning of the local sleep phenomenon in awake subjects.

Dabriel Zimmerman, Clinical Research Coordinator

Dabriel Zimmerman, Clinical Research Coordinator

Dabriel recently graduated from the University of South Carolina where she received a BS from the Honors College in Psychology and Biology. At USC she conducted research utilizing diffusion tensor imaging and tractography to study brain changes across the lifespan in the Richards Infant Development.

Jessica Yee, Clinical Research Coordinator

Jessica Yee, Clinical Research Coordinator

Jessica recently graduated from UMass Amherst, where she received her BS in Psychology and Neuroscience. At UMass, she worked in the Learning Lab to investigate self regulation in children using EEG. She also completed an independent project where she examined the predictive role of frontal EEG asymmetry on anxiety and depression. In addition to her work at the Learning Lab, she also worked in the Human Performance Lab at UMass studying driving and attention related behaviors in young adults with and without ADHD.