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Meet the Team

Principal Investigator

Travis E. Baker, PhD

Assistant Professor
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience
Rutgers University
Email: travis.e.baker@rutgers.edu
Room: 307D
Tel: 973-353-35485

 

Research Interests:

Background:


Postdocs

Name: Kathryn Biernacki, PhD
Email: kathryn.biernacki@rutgers.edu
Affiliation: Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University
Room: 206
Tel.: 973-353-3509



Research interests:

Selected Publications:
Biernacki, K., McLennan, S. N., Terrett, G., Labuschagne, I., & Rendell, P. G. (2016). Decision-making ability in current and past users of opiates: A meta-analysis. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 71, 342-351.
Biernacki, K., Terrett, G., McLennan, S. N., Labuschagne, I., Morton, P., & Rendell, P. G. (2018). Decision-making, somatic markers and emotion processing  in opiate users. Psychopharmacology, 235(1), 223-232.

Name: Mei-heng Lin, PhD
Email: meiheng.lin@rutgers.edu
Affiliation:
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University
Room: 206
Tel.: 973-353-3509

 


Research interests:

Selected Publications:
Gavin, W. J., Lin, M., Davies, P. L. (2019). Developmental trends of performance monitoring measures in 7‐ to 25‐year‐olds: Unraveling the complex nature of brain measures. Psychophysiology, 2019;e13365. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13365
Lin, M., Gavin, W. J., & Davies, P. L. (2015). Developmental trend of error-related negativity (ERN) in 7-to 25-year-olds after adjusting for trial-to-trial variability. Psychophysiology, 52, S86.

PhD students

Name: Malte Güth, M.Sc.
Email: malte.r.gueth@rutgers.edu
Affiliation:
Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University
Room: 206
Tel.: 973-353-3509



Research interests:


Background:

Selected Publications:
Garcia Alanis, J. A., Gueth, M. R., & Peper, M. (in prep). Fronto-parietal oscillations reflect distinct proactive and reactive cognitive control mechanisms in the human brain
Gueth, M. R., Garcia Alanis, J. A., & Peper, M. (in prep). Keep calm and carry on – attenuated electrocortical correlates of cognitive control during emotion regulation in subjects with psychopathic traits.

Code, open lab notebooks, jupyter notebooks

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Research Assistants

Name: Neeta Bauer
Affiliation: Post Bacc Research Assistant
Research Interest: Learning about neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques, and clinical applications.




Name: Juan Cadavid
Affiliation: Rutgers Alumni, Research Assistant 
Research Interest: Learning about neuroimaging and its clinical applications, more specifically to study the effects of chronic alcohol consumption on adolescent brains. 

 

Name: Pavlina Coleska
Affiliation:
Rutgers University undergraduate, Research Assistant 
Research Interest: Learning how to apply and interpret neuroimaging studies to help understand the neural and neurochemical basis of behaviors. 




Name: Peter Shafeek
Affiliation: Rutgers University, Research Assistant
Research Interest: Learning about the experimental application and analysis of EEG and fMRI to study the brain mechanisms that underly complex behaviors found in healthy and clinical populations. 




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

 

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Rotating PhD students

Name: Carrisa Cocuzza
Affiliation: Graduate student in the Cole Neurocognition Lab,  Centre for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University.
Research interests: Learning, cognitive control, computational models, and clinical application.
Background: B.A. from Pace University in Biological/Psychology, and a M.A. from New York University in Psychology.

Selected Publications:  Cocuzza, C., Cavanagh, J., Cole, M., Baker, T. (2018). Identifying inter-relations between genetic polymorphisms and reinforcement learning: multivariate insights from behavior and computational modeling. Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Poster presentation.

Name: Shira Lupkin
Affiliation: Graduate student in the McGinty Lab for Systems Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics (https://www.mcgintylab.org/), Centre for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University.
Research interests: Value-based decision making, systems neuroscience, computational modeling, translational research, clinical applications.
Background: B.A. in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University



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Collaborators

Andrew Reid, PhD http://andrew.modelgui.org/

Vince McGinty, PhD https://www.mcgintylab.org/

Mike Cole, PhD http://www.colelab.org/

Drew Headley, PhD http://parelab.rutgers.edu/personnel.

Omer Liran, MD

 

Visiting Scholars

Name: José C. G. Alanis from Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany

 

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Previous Students

Name: Martin Hochheimer B.Sc.
Affiliation (Sept 2017): visiting student from the University of Würzburg, Germany. Martin will go on to pursue a Master’s degree in Translational Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology.




Name: Fernanda Juarez, BA. (research assistant 2017-2018)
Affiliation:  Now a research assistant at the National Institute of Health.





Name: Seema Parikh 
Affiliation: second-year Biology major at NJIT, part of the 7-year Accelerated BA/MD program with New Jersey Medical School.

Selected Publication: Parikh, S., Baker, TE. (2018) Altering reward-specific electrophysiological signals in humans using robot-assisted theta-burst transcranial magnetic stimulation. Society for Psychophysiological Research.

 

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Team Meetings


December 2018 (Prudential Center, ice hockey arena). Before everyone leaves for Christmas, the lab watches the Toronto Maple Leafs destroy the New Jersey Devils.


October 2018. Celebrating a great talk from visiting collaborator, José Alanis (right).