Rose Lab, October 2020
(showcasing Jori's homemade tie-dyes!)
From left to right: Yuki Yoshioka ('21); Lauren Crowe ('23); Cheick Diallo ('21);
Jori Waner, B.A. ('19, Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow); Nathan Rose, Ph.D. (Lab P.I.);
Isaiah Metcalf ('22); Zengbo Xie, B.S. (Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow);
Bianca Widjaja ('23); Joshua Rhilinger ('21); Chang-Mao Chao, Ph.D. (Post-Doctoral Research Fellow)

Current Members


Nathan Rose

Lab Director, Assistant Professor

Professor Rose's lab conducts research on the cognitive neuroscience of memory and aging. We study the neurocognitive processes that support working memory, long-term memory, and prospective memory in healthy young adults, healthy older adults, and in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or amnesia. Our research uses neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG/ERP, fNIRS) and neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS) technologies and behavioral assessment to test and inform theories of memory and aging. In addition to studying basic memory processes, our research also assesses how cognitive theories can be applied to understanding memory performance in the real world and how cognitive training techniques can be utilized to improve memory performance.


Chang-Mao Chao

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Hometown: Taipei, Taiwan

Mao graduated from National Central University with a bachelor's degree in biology and obtained a PhD in psychology from Durham University. His research interests include learning and memory, attention, and working memory.


1. CM Chao, A McGregor, DJ Sanderson, (2020). Uncertainty and predictiveness modulates attention in human predictive learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (in press).

2. P Tseng, HY Chiau, CL Liu, TY Hsu, CF Chang, CM Chao, WK Liang, CH Juan (2012). Neural mechanisms of implicit visual probabilistic learning. Chinese Journal of Psychology, 54(1), 115-131.

3. CM Chao, P Tseng, TY Hsu, JH Su, OJL Tzeng, DL Hung, NG Muggleton, CH Juan (2011). Predictability of saccadic behaviors is modified by transcranial magnetic stimulation over human posterior parietal cortex. Human Brain Mapping, 32(11), 1961-72.


Chenlingxi (Lyncie) Xu

Ph.D Student(1st Year)

Hometown: Shanghai, China

Lyncie graduated from College of William & Mary with a B.S. in psychology and
sociology, and obtained her M.A. in psychology from Boston university. Her
research interests include memory and attention, computational modeling and
memory-related neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s disease. She
likes cooking, photography and petting animals


Zengbo Xie

Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellow & Lab Manager

Hometown: Harbin, China

Zengbo graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison and received B.S. degrees in psychology and neurobiology. His research interests include sensory integration, memory, and decision-making. He is planning to further pursue his research in graduate school after the completion of his post-baccalaureate research fellowship. In his leisure time, Zengbo likes to read, watch movies, and play video games


Isaiah Metcalf

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: North Webster, IN

Isaiah is a junior Neuroscience and Behavior pre-med student. He is interested in addiction studies and neuropharmacology. His hobbies include swimming, waterskiing, and reading. After graduation, he would like to go to medical school to become a neurologist.


1. Waner JL, Rhilinger JP, Metcalf IJ, & Rose NS (2020, June). Trigger My Memory: How rTMS to visual and frontal cortex impacts latent visual working memory representations. 12-minute presentation given at the Virtual Working Memory Symposium; 2020 June 4; Online.


Lauren Crowe

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Lauren is a sophomore studying Neuroscience and Behavior with a minor in Linguistics. Her research interests include understanding the biological and psychological processes underlying learning, memory, stress, language processing, and neuroendocrinology. After graduation, she plans to attend medical or graduate school.


Bernadette (Bianca) Widjaja

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Austin, TX

Bianca is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior and Pre-med. On campus, she is very involved with the CSC and the Model UN team and wants to combine her passions for service and global affairs with her major. Her career interests include finding a way to implement effective and cheap treatments for neurological diseases in the developing world.


Geralyn Timm

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Madrid, IA

Geralyn is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior with a minor in Computing and Digital Technologies. Outside the lab, she is a volunteer literacy tutor for elementary students and loves to participate in kickboxing classes with her friends. Geralyn's research interests include the effects of degeneration on memory, computational modeling, cognitive training, and neural plasticity. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate or law school.


Maeve Duncan

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Napa Valley, CA

Maeve is a junior double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and Spanish, with a minor in Business Economics. She is interested in design and style and is a Co-President of the Notre Dame Fashion Club. Some of her hobbies include card games, tennis, wooden jig-saw, puzzles, and food. After graduating, Maeve is still undecided on a career path but hopes to combine her passion for design with both her desire to help others and interest in how people think and act. 


Melanie Benitez

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Medellin, Colombia

Melanie is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior pre-med at Notre Dame. She’s interested in neurodegenerative diseases, cognitive learning and memory. In her free time, she sings in the Folk Choir at the university. She’s also part of the club ND for Migrants, passionate about helping Latino immigrants that don’t know English. After graduation, she wants to attend medical school and do neurosurgery.


Daniel Paraskos

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Daniel is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior in the College of Science. He is involved with the LGBTQ Domers project as a writer and is also a member of the psychology, outing, and neuroscience clubs. He loves hiking, listening to music, and playing basketball in his free time. Along with these extracurriculars and hobbies, Daniel is involved with service projects via his dorm, Stanford Hall, and other organizations in his hometown and on campus. Daniel's research interests are neurodegenerative diseases, especially Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease, and cognitive training. He plans on attending medical or graduate school.

Lab Alumni

  • Claire Alexander -- Graduate Student, Clinical Neuropsychology, Ohio University

  • Clare Hannon -- Consultant, Epic Healthcare Consulting Service

  • Frank Calabrese -- Medical Student, University of Cincinnati

  • Joseph Weiler -- Business Analyst, McKinsey & Company 

  • Joseph Saito -- Graduate Student, University of Toronto Mississauga

  • Jori Waner -- Graduate Student, University of Florida

  • Katie McGuckin -- Abbvie Clinical Trial Operations Development Program

  • Margaret Meserve -- Research Coordinator, Northwestern University

  • Mario-Cyriac Tcheukado -- Neuroscience & Behavior major, Class of 2021, University of Notre Dame

  • Mary Glass -- Master's Student, Clinical Neuroscience, National University of Ireland Galway

  • Monica Mesecar -- Neuroscience & Behavior major, Class of 2021, University of Notre Dame

  • Morgan Widhalm -- Graduate Student, University of Notre Dame 

  • Nicholas Yeh -- Graduate Student, University of Notre Dame

  • Shannon O'Hara -- Neuroscience & Behavior major, University of Notre Dame

  • Stephanie Franczak -- Preprofessional Studies, Psychology, Class of 2022, University of Notre Dame

  • Taylor Guth -- Medical Student, University of South Florida

  • Willian DeFaria -- MIT Program in Biology & Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institutes of Technology

(If you belong on this list but don't see your name here, please let us know! And don't be a ghost! Keep us in the loop!)