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

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.


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.


Solaleh Azimipour
(Research Coordinator)

I am the Research Coordinator for the African-American Brain Health Initiative. I obtained my Masterís degree in Rehabilitation Counseling Psychology from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. I have coordinated a Memory Disorders clinic and have been involved with the execution of research projects focused on neurodegenerative diseases. My work in research has been on Alzheimerís disease, MCI and associated risk factors that contribute to the development and progression of Alzheimerís. Iíve performed clinical interviews, neuropsychological testing, obtained collateral information and collaborated in the diagnosis and staging of neurodegenerative diseases. In the Gluck lab, I will be helping with subject recruitment, training of neuropsychological assessments, data management as well as preparing grant proposals.


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.



Radwa Khalil
(Graduate Student)

I am interested in pursuing my research at a post-graduate level in translational and cognitive neuroscience using multi-disciplinary approaches. I seek to combine state-of-the-art techniques for investigating physiological, cognitive and/or psychological questions from clinical, educational and socio-economic perspectives.


Neha Sinha
(Postdoctoral Fellow)

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.

Reporting to Postdocs, Senior Staff and Graduate Students

Reporting to Mohammad Herzallah

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.

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.

Tony Kerbaj
(Undergraduate Intern)

I am currently a sophomore undergraduate student in the Rutgers-Newark Honors College. I am a Biology major and Chemistry minor. I am a member of the Pre-Med Society, NSCS, Golden Key International Honor Society and Red Cross Corps. On weekends, I volunteer at the Jersey City Medical Center. As a part of the Gluck Lab, I hope to acquire knowledge regarding the role of neural structures involved in memory; and, learn more about the effects of Parkinsonís disease on behavior. Furthermore, I hope to gain invaluable research experience that could help me pursue an M.D. degree in the future.

Reporting to Itamar Lerner

Shira Lupkin
(Research Assistant)

I am a research assistant in the Gluck Lab where I coordinate and run 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 Cognitive Neuroscience.

Alan Tsai
(Undergraduate Intern)

I am currently a third year undergraduate student at Rutgers-Newark, majoring in physics and minoring in mathematics. I am part of Honors College, Be Jersey Strong, Red Cross Corps and Minority Association of Pre-health Students. I volunteer at University Hospital every week and work as an EMT with East Millstone First Aid Squad. As part of the Gluck Lab sleep study team, I hope to learn more about how sleep affects our cognitive functions. I would also like to gain some invaluable research experience that could help me 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.

Bishoy Gad
(Research Assistant)

I am a first year undergraduate student at Rutgers- Newark Honors College. I am a Biology Major and a Chemistry minor. I am a tutor in science and math. I joined the Gluck lab to understand correlations between cognition and sleep. I hope to pursue a career in medicine in the future.

Reporting to Ashlee Shaw

Faiza Shaikh
(Graduate Research Assistant)

I am currently a junior at Rutgers University-Newark Honors College. I am majoring in Biology with a minor in Business Administration. I also work as a Pharmacy Technician at CVS Pharmacy. I aspire to go to medical school after I finish my bachelorís degree. As a research intern in the Gluck lab, I assist with screening and testing subjects. I wish to acquire in-depth knowledge on learning and memory.

Chelsie Berg
(Graduate Research Assistant)

I am a Research Assistants for the African-American Brain Health Initiative. I primarily recruit, screen, and run subjects on cognitive and physical measures as well as in the fMRI scanner. I received my B.A. from Rutgers University (New Brunswick) in psychology with minors in biology and cognitive science. In the future, I plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Cognitive Psychology or Behavioral Neuroscience in order to study learning and memory.

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!

Al-Nisa Murray

I am a junior pursuing a major in Clinical Lab Sciences and a minor in Biology here at Rutgers-Newark. I am interested in combining my passion for public health and science to help residents of urban cities become more literate in various aspects of heath and treatments. By working with Dr. Ashlee Shaw as part of the African-American Brain Health Initiative, I will be given the opportunity to gain the knowledge and experience to effectively make a difference!

Addam Reynolds
Social Work Graduate Student

Addam started his career working in a regulatory compliance role, having worked at both US Food & Drug Administration and private industry. He is currently completing his Master's in Social Work with a concentration in management and policy, a certificate in Aging and Health, and as an MSW Fellow in Aging. Upon graduation, he hopes to continue his education by earning a PhD.

Pooja Saiganesh

I am a sophomore in the Honors College at Rutgers-Newark majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry. I am on the executive board of the Honors College Student Council (HCSC) and the Minority Association for Pre-Health Students (MAPS), work as a Peer Advisor in the Office of Academic Services, and volunteer weekly at University Hospital. I hope to combine my interest in psychology and neuroscience and gain research experience through the African-American Brain Health Initiative while pursuing a career in medicine.

Reporting to Mark Gluck

Stephanie Smith

Stephanie M Smith is the President of the ďVesta ProjectĒ, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide exceptional services to women, children and men who are living with the shame and guilt of sexual assault, child molestation and domestic violence. Stephanie earned her BA in African American Studies with a concentration in Political Science; In May of 2012 she received a Master of Social Work degree, with a concentration in Non Profit Management, from Rutgers University. Prior to launching her non-profit, Stephanie was the Community Program Manager for the Safe and Sound Center at University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ). As a program manager, she provided comprehensive counseling to adult and child survivors of sexual assault, child molestation and domestic violence during the acute phase of trauma


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

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