People


Principal Investigator

Katherine Narr Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Katherine Narr is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA and a faculty member of the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center. For close to 10 years, her research has focused on using multiple imaging methods, including structural, functional and diffusion imaging and proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1HMRS) to facilitate a deeper understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms and genetic contributions associated with schizophrenia, depression and other adult and pediatric disorders. A focus of her work includes investigating the mechanisms associated with successful treatment response in major depression.
narr@ucla.edu
 
 

Postdoctoral Fellows, Staff and Students

Chinenye Ejimole
Clinical Research Coordinator
• B.S., California State University Los Angeles (2010)
• MSN, Charles R Drew University (2013)
cejimole@mednet.ucla.edu
Shantanu Joshi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor - Department of Neurology
• Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering, Florida State University, 2007
• M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Florida State University, 2003
• B. Eng. University of Pune, 1998
sjoshi@bmap.ucla.edu
Amber Leaver Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
• B.A., Linguistics and Anthropology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois (2001)
• M.A., Psychology, Bucknell University, Pennsylvania (2003)
• Ph.D., Neuroscience, Georgetown University, Washington (2010)
• Postdoctoral Fellow, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington (2010-2012)
• Research Faculty, Instructor, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington (2012-2013)
aleaver@ucla.edu
Stephanie Njau
Staff Research Associate
• B.A., Neuroscience, Pomona College (2014)
snn02010@gmail.com
Tara Pirnia
Staff Research Associate
• B.S. Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (2009)
• MD/Ph.D. candidate, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2014-present)
pirnia@ucla.edu
Florence Roussotte Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
• B.A., Psychology and Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (2007)
• Ph.D., Interdepartmental Program for Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (2011)
• Associate of Science, Mathematics, Los Angeles City College, Los Angeles (2012)
florence78@ucla.edu
Megha Vasavada, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
• B.A., Neuroscience, Biology and Psychology, Brandeis University, Massachusetts (2007)
• Ph.D., Neuroscience, Pennsylvania State University, Pennsylvania (2014)
meghap11@gmail.com
Hongyu Yang, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
• Ph.D., Biological Psychology, Psychology Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, China (2005)
• Postdoctoral Fellow, Biomedical Engineering, Southeast University, China (2007)
• Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas (2011)
HongyuYang@mednet.ucla.edu

 
 

Alumni

Teodora Dimtchevka
Staff Research Associate
• Cal State University, Sacramento
Currently working as a research analyst at marketing firm RPA
Mala Gurbani
Staff Research Associate
• B.A. Psychology, USC
Currently pursuing medical degree at Touro University, Nevada
Liberty Hamilton
Staff Research Associate
• B.A., Neuroscience, Scripps College, Claremont (2006)
• Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of California, Berkeley (2008-2013)
• Postdoctoral Scholar, Dept. of Neurological Surgery University of California, San Francisco
http://libertyhamilton.com
Katherine Lawrence
• Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Neuroscience Program Fellowship Recipient, Pomona College (2011)
• Ph.D. candidate, Interdepartmental Program for Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (2014-present)
Hannah Lyden
Staff Research Associate
• B.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles • M.S. Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathalogy, University College London/Yale • Clinical Psychology Ph.D. candidate at the University of Southern California (2013-present)
lyden@usc.edu
Veena Narayan
Graduate Student Researcher
• Ph.D., Interdepartmental Program for Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles (2010)
Vanessa Palzes
• Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Neuroscience Program Fellowship Recipient, Scripps College 2010
Owen Phillips
Staff Research Associate
• B.S. Biology, University of California, Los Angeles 2006 • Graduate studies, Santa Lucia Foundation (2012-present) OwenP@ucla.edu
Yung-Ping Wang
Staff Research Associate
Yaling Yang
Postdoctoral Fellow
• Ph.D., Psychology/ Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Southern California
• Assistant Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
yayang@chla.usc.edu
J. Michele Zhang
Graduate Student Researcher
• Ph.D., Biomedical Physics Interdepartmental Graduate Program, University of California, Los Angeles (2013)
Aimee Zisner
• Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Neuroscience Program Fellowship Recipient, Pitzer College (2008)