Meet the Team
Travis E. Baker, PhD
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience
Research Interests: The overarching goal of Dr. Baker’s research program is to understand the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie cognitive control and memory, how to empirically identify and characterize these functions in the brain, and how these functions are disrupted in clinical populations (e.g. addictions, ADHD, affective disorders, neurodegenerative disorders). He has adopted a variety of empirical approaches to investigate these functions, including genetics, electroencephalography, event-related brain potentials, functional magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion magnetic resonance imaging, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Ultimately, Dr. Baker hopes that his research will converge to help improve psychiatric care.
Background: Born in Canada, Travis Baker earned his PhD in 2012 from the University of Victoria in the Brain and Cognitive Science program under the supervision of Dr. Clay Holroyd. He also holds a Masters of Science degree in Experimental Neuropsychology (University of Victoria) and received a B.A. (with distinction: Psychology) from Vancouver Island University. Prior to joining Rutgers University faculty, he worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Montreal Neurological Institute in the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery under the supervision of Dr. Alain Dagher, and at CHE Sainte-Justine Children’s Hospital Research Center under the supervision of Dr. Patricia Conrod.
Name: Mei-heng Lin, PhD
Research: Utilize EEG and neuropsychological assessments to understand cognitive functions (error and reward processing and spatial navigation) in neurotypical children and children who are at risk of cognitive deficits (e.g. pediatric cancer survivors).
Method: (mobile) EEG, virtual reality
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Name: Daniel Robles
Research: Mobile EEG, alpha oscillations and attention, the relationship between attention and rewards in current substance users
Name: Malte Güth, M.Sc.
Research: EEG informed closed-loop neuromodulation of goal-directed navigation
Methods: EEG-fMRI, MEG, EEG, TMS, data fusion
Name: Galit Karpov, B.Sc.
Research: Effects of Childhood Maltreatment on Adult Threat Processing.
Methods: EEG, fMRI.
Name: Jaleesa Stringfellow-James, B.A.
Research: Measuring and modulating reward functioning in addiction with TMS
Methods: Augmented and Virtual Reality, EEG, fMRI, EEG-fMRI, machine learning
Name: Nicole Lalta.
Research: Measuring and manipulating brain connectivity in addiction with TMS
Methods: fMRI, EEG, TMS
Name: Emily Zhang
Research: Utilizing EEG to examine reward processing in clinical populations such as mood disorders and addiction, and learning how neural biomarkers can be used to inform clinical interventions.
Methods: EEG, fMRI, TMS
Name: Merna Zaki
Affiliation: Post-Baccalaureate Research Experience (PREP) Pilot Program
Name: Keya Thaker
Affiliation: Rutgers Undergraduate Neuroscience Major
Name: Mr. Roboto
Affiliation: research assistant in Dr. Baker's lab.
Research Interests: Holding things precisely. I like to use MRI images to set brain stimulation targets, and then continuously track and adapt to the movements of the cranium in real-time. My goal is to guarantee a precise mm coil to target position for Dr. Baker's experiments. This is far better than my last job in the culinary world. click here
Andrew Reid, PhD http://andrew.modelgui.org/
Mike Cole, PhD http://www.colelab.org/
Drew Headley, PhD Assistant Professor, CMBN
Omer Liran, MD Co-Director, Virtual Medicine Program, Cedars-Sinai
Kathryn Biernacki, PhD - Post-doc now a research fellow at the National Institute of Drug Abuse)
Sally Cole, M.A. - RA now at KATLAB, Florida State)
Marissa Cortright - NIDA summer intern
Daniel Rynerson, M.A. - Undergrad RA
Gray Garrard - Undergrad RA
Pavlina Coleska - Undergrad RA
Peter Shafeek - Undergrad RA
Juan Cadavid - Undergrad RA
Neeta Bauer - Undergrad RA
Seema Parikh, B.A. - Undergrad RA
Fernanda Juarez, B.A. - Undergrad RA
Martin Hochheimer, B.Sc. Visiting Scholar from Germany