PEOPLE




FACULTY: RUTGERS

LAB DIRECTOR:

Mark Gluck, Ph. D.
E-mail: gluck@pavlov.rutgers.edu

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.
(BNS Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scientist)
E-mail:mohammad.m.herzallah@rutgers.edu

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)
E-mail: itamar.lerner@gmail.com

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.

 

Lisa Haber-Chalom
(Lab Manager & Research Coordinator)
E-mail: lhchalom@rutgers.edu

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.


 



Ashlee Shaw, Ph.D.
(Postdoctoral Fellow)
E-mail:ashlee.shaw@uconn.edu

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.

 

Joman Natsheh M.D.
(BNS Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scientist)
E-mail: jomannatsheh@gmail.com

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.

 


UNDERGRADUATE INTERNS, RESEARCH STAFF, & MASTERS STUDENTS:
Reporting to Postdocs, Senior Staff and Graduate Students


PARKINSONíS DISEASE; MOOD & ANXIETY DISORDERS:
Reporting to Mohammad Herzallah


Neha Sinha
(Cognitive Psychology Graduate Student, Graduate RA)
E-mail: nehasinha132@gmail.com

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)
E-mail: tarekh@alum.fdu.edu

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
(Undergrad)
E-mail: aditya.kulkarni@rutgers.edu

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.



Priyanka Chatterjee
(Undergrad)
E-mail: priyanka.chatterjee@rutgers.edu

Rutgers New Brunswick undergrad/freshman/molecular biology and biochemistry I am a freshman at Rutgers-New Brunswick in the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program. My intended major is Molecular Biology/Biochemistry (MBB) with a minor in Music. I plan on going into the research field after schooling. The research projects being conducted at Gluck Lab intrigued me, and I wanted to learn more about, as well as partake in, the studies of depression and anxiety.




Usha Persaud
(Research Assistant)
E-mail: upersaud7@gmail.com

As a research assistant in the Gluck Lab, I assist Dr. Herzallah on studies investigating learning and memory in patients with major depressive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in collaboration with Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care. I completed my bachelorís degree in psychology at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and my masterís degree in psychology as well at Mercy College. In Fall 2015, I plan to begin studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program.


Raphia Rahman
(Undergraduate Intern)
E-mail: raphiarahman@gmail.com

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)
E-mail: ma912@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

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)
E-mail: anjali05sawh@gmail.com

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.


Elizabeth Lapidow
(Research Assistant)
E-mail: elapidow@gm.slc.edu

I am a part-time research assistant in the Gluck Lab, working with Dr. Herzallah on his studies with cognition and Parkinsonís Disease. I graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014, where I studied psychology and neuroscience and was a member of the Cognition and Emotion Lab. I am particularly interested in topics of cognition and executive function and plan to begin pursuing a PhD in the next few years.

SLEEP & COGNITION
Reporting to Itamar Lerner




Gargee Nallanukala (a.k.a. Sree Bonthagorla)
(Undergrad)
E-mail: email

I am currently a second year at Rutgers Newark majoring in psychology and minoring in neuroscience. I also volunteer at Princeton hospital and work as a Peer Adviser for fellow students. I hope to use the knowledge attained from the Gluck Lab to pursue a future in the medical profession, so that I may help the mind along with the body.



Shira Lupkin
(Research Assistant)
E-mail: shiralupkin@gmail.com

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.



 
Mathew Toegel
(NJIT Masters Student in Information Systems)
E-mail: mt85@njit.edu

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.



Alan Tsai
(Undergraduate Intern)
E-mail: alantsai57@gmail.com

"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."

GENETICS & AGING
Reporting to Lisa Haber-Chalom (& Jessie Simon)




Aisha Mohammad
(Undergrad)
E-mail: aisha.m.stn@gmail.com

I am currently a sophomore in the Rutgers-Newark Honors College studying chemistry and mathematics as an undergraduate. As a full time student working two part time positions, I hope to learn more of and better understand human cognition and hippocampal function in collaboration with the Gluck Lab. For future aspirations, I intend on using what I've learned in the lab for a long term career in medicine, possibly further research.


Ravi Sojitra
E-mail: raviisojitraa@gmail.com

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.

 


Iqra Baig
E-mail: petrichorphilic786@gmail.com

I am a Senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in both Biology and Chemistry in the Rutgers-Newark Honors College. I am working on the Healthy Aging project under the tutelage of Dr. Jessie Simon and Ashlee Shaw. I hope to learn more about the effects of behavior, genetics, and antihypertensive medications on learning and memory. This research experience will help foster critical thinking, analytical skills, and bedside manner all of which are essential in the medical field. As an aspiring physician, I plan to apply my unique experience in the Gluck research lab to the general population by actively participating in pertinent community outreach programs.

AFRICAN-AMERICAN BRAIN HEALTH INITIATIVE
Reporting to Ashlee Shaw




Christina Inyang
(Graduate RA)
E-mail: christinacinyang@gmail.com

I am currently a second year graduate student with the Rutgers School of Social Work. Upon graduation I will earn my LSW in the hopes of obtaining the LCSW in the near future. Presently, I am interning with a counseling center and working as a research assistant for a principal investigator of a community collaborative board based in Newark. In addition to this, I work as a community outreach developer for a Newark based non-profit organization. Areas of interest include oppression at all levels, racial inequities and its affect on health and racial disparities within the African American community. By volunteering 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.



Cindy Beaubrun
(Undergrad)
E-mail: email



Tiffany Brown
(Masters Student)
E-mail:tnb43@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

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
E-mail:ysamerlyn@gmail.com

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!

ADHD & GENETICS
Reporting to Joman Natsheh


Farah Al-Shammary
(Reporting to Joman)
E-mail: farah.alshammary@yahoo.com

Junior at the Rutgers-Newark Honor's College majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Women's and Gender Studies

My name is Farah Al-Shammary and I am currently a junior majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Womenís and Gender Studies in the Rutgers-Newark Honorís College. As of now, this is my first undergraduate research position and I will be working with Dr. Natsheh on her current research projects. My extracurricular activities include, amongst others, volunteering in the St. Josephís emergency department, volunteering for Wafa House, a domestic violence organization, and teaching elementary school children Arabic and Islamic studies at the Islamic Center of Passaic County. From this research experience at the Gluck lab, I hope to acquire many of the vital research and analytical skills that will prepare me for future research interests that are geared towards neuroscience and women's health as I pursue a career in medicine.


ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Beverly Stacy
E-mail: beverly.stacy@Facadeinteractive.com
Webmaster

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
E-mail: sadaka@rutgers.edu
Lab Secretary


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