Continuing in the tradition of last year’s lab BBQ, we had the chance to gather again to welcome our new research coordinators, and were particularly pleased that Ali Zahir and Alex Beagle were able to get away from medical studies to share their experiences as the first two Decision Lab RCs. It was great also to see Dan Dohan, Phaedra Bell, Harrison Hines and Michelle Park; plus an extra-special visit from Tobias Haeusermann’s parents, all the way from Switzerland! Sadly, Rea Antoniou couldn’t make it from Greece in time to join us, but we were able to welcome our new RCs:

Celeste Fong received her MA in Bioethics with a concentration in Neuroethics from Emory. As we get more fully into the Neuroethics in Novel Neurotechnologies project, we’re excited to integrate the insights that she’s gained from her master’s thesis utilizing qualitative research methods to explore the experiences of patients undergoing open-loop deep brain stimulation for depression.

Clayton Young performed extensive neuroscience research as an undergraduate in the Laboratory for Basic and Translational Cognitive Neuroscience and the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab at UC Davis, and after graduation acquired expertise in performing cognitive evaluations of patients with neuropsychiatric disorders before returning to research with us. With his mix of clinical and scientific experience, in a short time he’s already had a lot to contribute to the Genes, Brains and Decisions project.

Sang Ngo will be transitioning from cell biology to clinical neuroscience after receiving several grants and awards for his research as an undergrad at Stanford. In the O’Brien lab he undertook several of his own experiments. As he takes responsibility for the Decision-Making in Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias project we’re excited to see how he combines his scientific intuition with his commitment to clinical populations and his concern for stigmatized and marginalized communities.

Finally, while Ashley Jackson will not be working primarily for the Decision Lab, we’re really excited to have her join the Memory and Aging Center and look forward to spending time with her when she’s not busy in the PPG. Ashley brings a wealth of personal and life experience to her work with patients, as a former professional ballet dancer, president of the Cañada College Black Student Union and Premedical and Biomedical Research Club, and peer support volunteer for the Shanti Project. Ashley has received an NIH Diversity Supplement to join us as an undergraduate researcher, and we look forward to her contributions to the center!