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
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.
John Hernandez is a Ph.D. student in the Neuroscience and Behavior program at University of Massachusetts – Amherst. He received his Bachelor’s in Pre-Professional Biomedical Sciences and Master’s in Biology from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. At Texas A&M, John examined the biophysical mechanisms underlying learning, memory, and decision-making in the marine mollusk, Aplysia Californica. For his Ph.D., he is interested in understanding how innate propensities for addiction contribute to changes in motivation, learning, memory and decision-making. In his free time he enjoys cooking and eating a wide-variety of foods, playing volleyball, and hiking at local trails.
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!)