Ambassador Program

A major component of the CNLM’s mission is community outreach and education. This year, we are expanding our outreach programs to reach a broader audience, build stronger partnerships and have more impact on our local and regional community. We cannot do this without you!

We are launching the CNLM Ambassador Program this year. CNLM Ambassadors will work to design, execute, and evaluate exciting and rewarding outreach and education activities both on UCI’s campus as well as in K-12 schools, community colleges, non-profit organizations, churches and community centers. We will provide all the tools, training, and other logistical support necessary to ensure your success.

Graduate students, undergraduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff are eligible to become Ambassadors.

If you are interested in becoming a CNLM Ambassador please reach out to Manuella Yassa here: memory@uci.edu

Who are the CNLM Ambassadors?

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Joren Adams

Research Specialist
School of Biological Sciences
I am interested in examining how our brains are affected by our mood, and how they might be changed by mood-related disorders such as depression.
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graduate student in Psychology and Neuroscience
recipient of 2015 Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, Mentoring, and Inclusive Excellence from the Duke Graduate School

Jessica Bolton

Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Medicine
I am interested in how the early-life environment can shape brain development and later risk for neuropsychiatric disorders. I am currently investigating how microglia, the resident immune cells of the brain, may play a role in this developmental programming.
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Brittney Cox

Postdoctoral Fellow
School of Medicine
I am interested in examining the brain circuitry that underlies learning and memory and understanding how these circuits go awry in neuropsychiatric disorders.
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Natalie DiProspero

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I'm interested in how health conditions can influence memory and brain structure in older adults.
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Michelle Doan

Academic Counselor
School of Social Sciences
The brain is one of the most fascinating and complex things in existence. There is still infinitely more to learn!
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Angeline Eugene

Graduate Student
School of Social Sciences
I like to learn about the brain because it's really cool how it controls everything from breathing to our heartbeats without us having to think about it. Currently, I study nicotine and cannabis addiction behaviors using rodent models.
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Mitchell Farrell

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I am interested in understanding the neural circuitry underlying motivated behavior, and how these circuits go awry in psychiatric diseases.
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Navid Ghaffari

Undergraduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I find the brain extremely fascinating and really enjoy learning about its structure and function. I am particularly interested in the neural circuitry of memories.
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Jonathan Hasselmann

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
My graduate research is focused on clarifying both the positive and negative roles of human microglia in Alzheimer’s disease with the hope of identifying novel methods of modulating AD-related pathology.
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Andra Ionescu

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I study the development of Alzheimer's Disease so I can discover new ways to prevent or slow it.
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Valeria Lallai

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
My research objectives are focused on the definition of neurobiological mechanisms in the brain circuits involved in the emergence and maintenance of drug research behaviors that characterize addiction; and on downstream mechanisms that regulate drug reinforcement, maintenance of drug research behavior, and memory for drug-related stimuli.
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Myra Larson

Research Staff
School of Biological Sciences
I love learning about the brain, I often say that I feel like a kid in a candy store with all these amazing topics! My primary research interests are understanding the processes underlying memory, memory dysfunction, neurodegeneration.
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Amanda McQuade

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I am passionate about researching the molecular mechanisms that underlie brain degeneration. In Dr. Blurton-Jones' lab I am studying how the immune cells of the brain influence the onset of Alzheimer's disease.
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Susana Mesa

Research Associate
School of Biological Sciences
I am interested in the way we learn and remember information. In the past I have studied the strategies utilized by animals in episodic memory, particularly how information is temporally organized in time. I'm interested in examining the behavioral strategies utilized by rats to remember sequences of events and the mechanisms underlying the temporal organization of memory.
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Maria Montchal

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
My research focuses on how our brains allow us to remember details about events in our lives.
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Eva Morozko

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I am interested in understanding how changes in protein balance in the brain contribute to neurodegenerative diseases
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Lena Nguyen

Undergraduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I study cortisol levels in response to acute stressor events and how it affects our memory over time to understand and improve a healthy physiological stress response.
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Jessica Noche

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I'm fascinated with how the brain can make memories last forever! I study how the aging process affects the brain so that we can find approaches to maintain learning and memory abilities as we get older.
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Angelina Quagletti

Undergraduate Student
School of Social Sciences
I would like to explore how to expand the brain's long-term memory capacity because I think schools should implement courses based on techniques that will help students retain information even after taking tests.
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Michelle Ren

Graduate Student
School of Medicine
My research group is working to identify mechanisms of drug addiction, particularly in adolescents and what contributes to their onset of drug use.
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Isabella Sanchez

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I am interested in how the fluid that bathes the central nervous system may be playing a role in neurodegeneration.
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Noora Siddiqui

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I think the brain is endlessly fascinating -- the more you know, the more there is to know!
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Rebecca Stevenson

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I use intracranial recordings in pre-surgical epilepsy patients to study how the brain creates and retrieves precise spatial memories.

Caitlin Suire

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I investigate the connection between Diabetes and Alzheimer's disease in an attempt to develop new therapeutics for both diseases.
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Hung Tran

Undergraduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
My research interest is to learn about the effects of sleep on learning and memory of young healthy adults. Specifically, I am conducting research on Mnemonic Discrimination Task (MDT) under Dr. Yassa.
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Jessie Yaros

Graduate Student
School of Biological Sciences
I find it fascinating that cultural experience shapes memory and perception. My research studies how exposure to people of different races effects how well we remember their faces.