Mark Gluck, Ph. D.

Professor of Neuroscience,
Center for Molecular & Behavioral Neuroscience
Rutgers University - Newark
Co-Director, Memory Disorders Project at Rutgers-Newark
Publisher, Memory Loss and the Brain newsletter.


SENIOR STAFF: Reporting Directly to Mark

Mohammad M. Herzallah, M.D.
(Postdoctoral Fellow)

My current research focuses on understanding the cognitive correlates of basal ganglia and hippocampal function in psychopathology and neurological disorders utilizing a multidisciplinary approach using imaging, genetics, endocrinology, and computational modeling. My ultimate goal is to incorporate heterogeneity in clinical symptoms, genetic make-up, hormone levels, brain structures, and cognitive profiles to provide prospective explanation of neurological and psychiatric symptoms as well as response to treatment.


Itamar Lerner
(Postoctoral Fellow)

My main scientific interests focus on combining neural network modeling with human behavioral experimentation in uncovering the mechanisms which contribute to cognition, from basic functions such as learning and memory to higher cognitive functions involving linguistic processing, semantics and associative thinking. I am particularly interested in the special role that sleep plays in enhancing cognitive functions of various levels of complexity, from simple pair-associates learning to gist extraction and insight. Lately, with our sleep research group in the Gluck lab, I have started to develop theoretical network models of sleep addressing some of the main relevant findings in literature, as well as running novel human experiments in sleep using mobile technologies which allow long-term monitoring in home environments.


Ashlee Shaw, Ph.D.
(Postdoctoral Fellow)

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Gluck lab at Rutgers University-Newark; I completed my Ph.D in psychology at the University of Connecticut, and received my B.S. in psychology at Vanderbilt University. I have also been a dance and fitness instructor for the past nine years. As a part of the African American Brain Health Initiative, I am able to combine my passion for psychology research with my passion for health and fitness, and do so in a way that is directly beneficial to the local community.


Lisa Haber-Chalom
(Lab Manager & Research Coordinator)

As Research Coordinator in the Gluck lab, I am responsible for the compliance of all documentation regarding human subject testing. I also help recruit subjects, maintain files on subjects/experiments, monitor the status of grants and collaborate on fundraising campaigns. I have an Admin. background, having worked in a variety fields including business, cultural and diplomatic in New York and in France.


Joman Natsheh M.D.
(BNS Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scientist)

I am interested in studying the cognitive correlates and the effects of psychostimulants on the developmental trajectory in patients and animal models of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). My work at Gluck lab focuses on studying goal-directed behavior in children with ADHD to dissociate the cognitive correlates of the disorder from those of commonly used psychostimulants. Further, I study the effects of naturally occurring polymorphisms in dopamine and serotonin genes on cognition in healthy individuals.


Briana Stanfield
(BNS Graduate Student)

I am a graduate student in the Gluck lab through the Behavioral and Neural Sciences PhD program at Rutgers. I graduated with a B.S. in Neuroscience in 2015. My main interests include uncovering neurological changes that occur in stress related disorders. In the past, I have utilized rodent models to study biological changes in stress and how those changes relate to behavior. I now hope to utilize human subjects to study how changes in neural connectivity and function relate to mood, cognitive, and behavioral differences seen in PTSD.


Reporting to Postdocs, Senior Staff and Graduate Students

Reporting to Mohammad Herzallah

Neha Sinha
(Postdoctoral candidate)

I am interested in understanding the relationship between brain and behavior, and my long-term goal is to combine imaging and behavioral measures to develop functional hypotheses concerning the role of neural structures involved in learning and memory. My current research focuses on the roles played by the hippocampus and striatum in making recognition judgments. By working in Dr. Gluck's lab I hope to understand how psychiatric and neurological disorders affect the striatum and hippocampus, and also determine the cognitive correlates of striatal and hippocampal function in these disorders.

Tarek Hijazi
(Research Assistant)

Having completed my Masterís degree in psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson after an undergraduate degree in psychology as well at Rutgers University, I am currently planning to pursue a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology. My previous research experience includes work at Fairleigh Dickinson University as well as at Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center in New York City. I am hoping the opportunity to contribute to the Gluck Lab will allow me to explore the neurological implications of psychopathology; as I have always taken a keen interest in both fields of study. Assisting Dr. Herzallah on the major depressive disorder project involving learning and memory, I hope to acquire valued and relevant experience pertaining to my interests and future ambitions.

Aditya Kulkarni
(Undergraduate Intern)

I am currently a sophomore in the Rutgers-New Brunswick School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, majoring in Cell Biology and Neuroscience (honors track), English Literature, and Psychology (honors track). I am currently performing research in the Aresty Undergraduate Research Program on the dissociative contributions of the hippocampus to learning and memory and using this background hope to further study the feedback effects of reward and punishment for patients with different mood and anxiety disorders through the Gluck laboratory. I hope to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program in the future to further explore the effects of psychiatric disorders on memory systems.

Raphia Rahman
(Research Assistant)

I am currently a senior completing my Biology major and Psychology minor at the Rutgers-Newark Honors College. I aspire to pursue a MD degree after completing my undergraduate degree. My extracurricular activities include working as a medical scribe at Hackensack University Medical Centerís adult and pediatric emergency departments. My volunteer experiences include volunteering at the University Hospital, conducting clinical research as a research associate at Hackensack University Medical Center, and volunteering at an office of Internal Medicine. By joining the Gluck Lab, I hope to acquire knowledge as to how the fields of molecular and behavioral neuroscience, medicine, and clinical research are integrated in efforts to further understand and progress the treatment of neurological disorders. I also wish to obtain skills in clinical neuroscience research and am currently completing my honors senior thesis at the Gluck lab.

Mobinuddin Ahmad
(Undergraduate Intern)

I am a junior in the Rutgers-Newark Honors College majoring in mathematics and with a minor in computer science and chemistry. I am also the Honors College Student Council Treasurer as well as a Peer Advisor for underclassmen. I joined the Gluck Lab to fuse my mathematical and premedical background and explore the vast field of neuroscience. Essentially, I hope to use what I learn at Gluck lab to become a more well-informed physician in the future.

Jeetanjali Sawh
(Undergraduate Intern)

As a sophomore in the Rutgers-Newark Honors College, I am majoring in both Applied Mathematics and Biology, and minoring in Computer Science. I joined the Gluck Lab with the hope of being able to combine my mathematics background with my interest in medical research through computational modeling. I plan on learning more about the short-term, long-term and side effects of medicine on disorders such as MDD.

Justina Hanna
(Research Assistant)

I have recently graduated from the Rutgers New Brunswick Honors program with my B.A. in psychology with a focus in biology. I will soon begin my job as a research assistant in the lab focusing on the study of Parkinson's disease. I am also currently working on a research project in the public health department of Atlantic Health systems in hopes to understand many neuropsychological diseases from the point of view of their caregivers. I hope to obtain my PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology in the near future.

Sareh Khoshi
(Research Assistant)

As a research assistant in the Gluck lab, I work with Dr. Herzallah on data collection and analysis of his learning and memory studies in patients with major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. I graduated from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in 2010, and I hope to pursue my Ph.D. in Public Health.

Reporting to Itamar Lerner

Shira Lupkin
(Research Assistant)

I am a research assistant in the Gluck Lab where I coordinate the sleep and cognition studies with Dr. Lerner. I received my Bachelorís degree in Psychology in May 2014 from Barnard College, Columbia University. During my time at Barnard, I spent three years doing research in a Social Cognition lab, as well as several months in a lab specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In the future, I plan to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.

Alan Tsai
(Undergraduate Intern)

"I am currently a first year undergraduate student at Rutgers-Newark. I am majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics, with a premed concentration. I am part of the Honor's College. I am a member of the Red Cross Corps and Minority Association of Pre-health Students. I volunteer at University Hospital every week in the Same Day Surgery department. As part of the Gluck Lab research group, I hope to learn more about how sleep affects our cognition functions. I would also like to gain some invaluable research experience that could help me pursue a career in medicine."

Jennifer Nessim
(Undergrad Intern)

I am currently a third year undergraduate student in the Rutgers-Newark Honors College. I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Psychology. I volunteer at Jersey City Medical Center in the pediatrics wing every week. I am also a Peer Advisor in the Office of Academic Services. I joined the Gluck lab to learn how sleep affects human cognition. I also hope to one day pursue a career in medicine.

Mathew Toegel
(NJIT Masters Student in Information Systems)

I'm currently working on my Master's at NJIT which should be completed by the Summer of 2014. My undergraduate focus was Information Technology with a game design concentration, but I've explored a lot of the development field in general. My courses consisted of heavy programming from Unity's game engine, Java, C++, C#, to web development technologies. I'm also familiar with native android programming. My latest focus has been with Javascript frameworks/libraries such as Backbone.js, Marionette.js, and some Node.js working towards deployment with phonegap/cordova.

Reporting to Lisa Haber-Chalom (& Jessie Simon)

Ravi Sojitra
(Research Assistant)

I am a research assistant in the Gluck Lab and am currently working on the genetics, healthy aging, and exercise studies with Drs. Ashlee Shaw and Jessica Simon. I studied biology and philosophy at Rutgers--Newark and will be pursuing a career in medicine.


Reporting to Ashlee Shaw

Christina Inyang
(Graduate Research Assistant))

I am currently in my final year of graduate studies in the Rutgers School of Social Work. Presently, I am interning with in an outpatient behavioral health center providing services to individuals with serious mental illness. Upon graduation I will have completed the necessary requirements to serve as a licensed social worker having earned approximately 1,125 hours of field experience with the goal of obtaining the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the near future. I am a new member of a Newark Community Collaborative board that conduct s community based participatory research and behavioral intervention evaluation and development . A ddition ally, I work as a community outreach developer for a Newark based non-profit organization , Brick City Alumni Group . Areas of interest include oppression at all levels, racial inequities , prejudice and stereotyping and its contributing influence on racial and health disparities within the African American community. By working in Dr. Gluck's lab with the AABHI, I hope to gain invaluable research experience that will aid in my work and research with this target population and a future endeavor to pursue a PhD in the Social Sciences.

Tiffany Brown
(Masters Student)

I am a Masters student at Rutgers Univesrity-Newark and completed my undergraduate degree at Fordham University in Bronx, NY. I am also currently a Research Assistant in the Gluck Lab interested in studying mental health disorders and cognition within African American communities. In the past, I have worked as an RA investigating implicit & explicit religious attitudes of subjects and have also studied the impact of a physical activity regiment on African Americans in Boston neighborhoods. My goal is to be proficient in understanding the psychological impact of religious attitudes on behavioral and cognitive disorders for varied populations for better treatment of cognitive impairments.

Ysamerlyn Gonzalez
(Undergraduate Intern)

I am a sophomore pursuing Psychology and a minor in Public Administration at Rutgers. I am a Newark-native and I hope to contribute to this grand city in various ways. I am excited about being a part of the African-American Brain Health Initiative!


Beverly Stacy

I am the owner of the web design firm Façade Interactive and have been developing websites and web applications for 16 years in the New York City area. I have extensive experience in web technologies, database creation and online applications. I have used this knowledge to create/edit GluckLab Online for over 4 years.

Connie Sadaka
Lab Secretary

CLICK HERE to view Alumni of the Lab

CLICK HERE to view Collaborators of the Lab