Members & Collaborators

Arne Ekstrom, Ph.D.

Arne Ekstrom, Ph.D.

Principle Investigator

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology and Center for Neuroscience

Derek Huffman, Ph.D.

Derek Huffman, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am a postdoc in the lab, and I am currently interested in using fMRI and electrocorticography to investigate the networks underlying human spatial memory.

Martha Forloines, Ph.D.

Martha Forloines, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow

My research focuses on what neural correlates are recruited during successful navigation, and how this changes across the lifespan. Specifically, I use virtual environments to test how participants use geometric and featural cues in their environments to successfully navigate toward a goal.

Jared Stokes

Jared Stokes

Psychology Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Psychology program. Currently, I’m interested in better understanding the neural patterns associated with the organization of complex, conceptual knowledge and how this organization is influenced by hippocampal-dependent cognitive processes (e.g., rich contextual memory, relational processing, etc.).

Mike Starrett

Mike Starrett

Psychology Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Psychology program. I am interested in the cognitive and neural bases of spatial representations for large-scale environments. My research combines innovative and immersive virtual reality (VR) technology with both behavioral and neurophysiological measures.

Mingli Liang

Mingli Liang

Psychology Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Psychology program. I study spatial navigation and episodic memories using virtual reality.

Candace Peacock

Candace Peacock

Psychology Graduate Student

I am a graduate student in the Psychology program. My current research focuses on the role of top-down cues and individual preferences in navigation.

Lukáš Hejtmánek

Lukáš Hejtmánek

Visiting Scholar

Currently, I am visiting UC Davis and working with VR using HTC Vive and walkable treadmill as well as trying to establish live real world tracking int the Centre for neuroscience building. My focus is on neural oscillations related to spatial learning and navigation.

Sevan Harootonian

Sevan Harootonian

Junior Specialist

I am a junior specialist in the Boorman and Ekstrom labs. I am interested in the role of neural systems in cognitive tasks such as navigation and decision making. I am implementing virtual reality (VR) in navigation tasks as well as testing invasive and intraoperative patients at UC Davis Medical Center.

Research Assistants

Cristian Preciado

Nikhil Jaha

Rebecca Mata

Emily Erlenbach

Eli Ziskin

Praveena Singh

Victoria Rubio

Ekaterina Dadgar

James Grieder

Ph.D.s Conferred

Amber Schedlbauer – PhD Neuroscience 2017, postdoctoral fellow with Gene Gurkoff

Millie Copara – PhD Neuroscience 2017, diversity advocate at UC Davis FUTURE program

Branden Kolarik – PhD Psychology 2017, postdoctoral fellow with Craig Stark

Andrew Watrous – PhD Neuroscience, postdoctoral fellow with Josh Jacobs

Lab Alumni

Hui Zhang – former postdoctoral fellow, postdoctoral fellow with Nikolai Axmacher

Colin Kyle – former lab manager, graduate student with Carol Barnes

Lindsay Vass – former postdoctoral fellow, data scientist at Facebook

Aiden Arnold – former visiting PhD student, now traveling the world

Kamin Kim – former postdoc, postdoctoral fellow with Charan Ranganath

Jennifer Lieberman – former lab manager

Collaborators

Andy Yonelinas, Ph.D.
Human Memory Lab
University of California, Davis
Charan Ranganath, Ph.D.
Dynamic Memory Lab
University of California, Davis
Nitin Tandon, M.D.
THE NEUROIMAGING & ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY LAB
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Eve Isham, Ph.D.
Consciousness, Action, & Time Lab
University of California, Davis
Emilio Ferrer
Dynamics in Psychological Science Lab
University of California, Davis
Masud Seyal, M.D., Ph.D.
the EEG Lab
UC, Davis Health
Sarah Farias, Ph.D.
Professor of Neurology
UC, Davis Health
Michael Kahana, Ph.D.
Computational Memory Lab
University of Pennsylvania
Susan Bookheimer, Ph.D.
Brain Research Institute
UCLA
Itzhak Fried, M.D., Ph.D.
Neurosurgery
UCLA