Ifeyinwa Arinze is the lab manager of Moorman Lab. She received her B.A. in Neuroscience at Mount Holyoke College. Ify spent her senior year researching the effect of song playback on catecholamines and their metabolites in female zebra finches. As the lab manager, Ify manages the daily operations of the Moorman Lab, assists in research and is interested in studying neural circuitry underlying reward processing and decision-making in the context of addiction. Outside the lab, Ify is enjoying freelance photography and trying to stay on top of current neuroscience literature.
Kyra Schapiro. Amherst College Undergraduate RA 2014-2015. Post Moorman Lab Position: Graduate Student at University of Pennsylvania
Jessica Caballero is a a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience and Behavior program at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (starting Fall 2015). She received her B.A. in Psychology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez. Jessica did undergraduate research using Neuropsychological assessment tools to investigate cognitive processes in children with specific learning problems and the relationship between working memory and planning in college students. She also worked in Psychiatry labs investigating racial differences in emotion processing and how men and women experience different degrees of empathy as a function of age. She is currently working in Dr. Moorman’s lab investigating the role of the medial prefrontal cortex in fear and addiction. Other than Neuroscience, Jessica enjoys traveling and spending time in the beach.
Olivia Mallari. Smith College Undergraduate RA 2014-2016. Post Moorman Lab Position: Dymecki Lab, Harvard Medical School
Peter Chiknas is a research assistant who graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a BS in Psychology and a focus on neurobiology. Peter has spent much of his time at UMass assisting research in the fields of addiction and dependence; and hopes to apply this knowledge in a clinical environment someday. In his spare time Peter is an avid chess player and an amateur painter.
Rachel Siegal. UMass Amherst Undergraduate RA 2014-2016. Post Moorman Lab Position:
Ify’s amazing strawberry-basil scones!
Lab members vacationing at the beach miss their research (Thanks Kyra!)