Lab Manager, Working Memory & Plasticity
School of Education
January 1, 2014
“I find the topics of executive control, cognition, and neural plasticity extremely interesting.”
I manage the Working Memory and Plasticity Lab under the direction of Susanne Jaeggi, Ph.D. I am relatively new to the University, having only been here for a little over a month, but I feel as if I have been here much longer. Everyone in the School of Education is so welcoming. I moved from Maryland where I attended the University of Maryland College Park and received my B.S. in Biological Sciences: Physiology & Neurobiology, with a double major in Psychology.
I initially started working with Dr. Jaeggi at the University of Maryland as a research assistant in her lab. I find the topics of executive control, cognition, and neural plasticity extremely interesting and I look forward to continuing my involvement in her lab at UC Irvine.
Aside from working in the lab, I have found that the move to California has quite a few perks. The weather alone is enough to make anyone want to stay, and I enjoy being able to ride my bike almost anywhere although I am still working on finding the quickest route to UCI.
Exploring California beyond Irvine is my weekend goal. It is exciting but strange at the same time. I know Maryland like the back of my hand. Unfortunately, hometown knowledge does not help you navigate when you are 3,000 miles away. On the bright side, I have great visual memory and do not get lost twice while exploring.
I adopted this realization as a metaphor for my future career plans. I know I want to go back to school eventually to pursue a Ph.D. or M.D. However, for the time being, I want to take the opportunity to be” lost” in my work here and in a field I enjoy before I determine the best destination for continuing my education.