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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(2nd 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 surfing.


Lauren Crowe

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Dayton, OH

Lauren is a senior studying Neuroscience and Behavior. Her research interests are related to the diagnosis and treatments for neurological disorders affecting aging populations, such as Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease, as well as research related to epilepsy. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school.


Julia DiFazio

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Tinton Falls, NJ

Julia DiFazio is a sophomore majoring in Psychology on the Pre-Med track with a minor in Italian. Her research interests include how neurodegenerative illnesses such as Parkinson's Disease affect general cognitive abilities during the period before and over the course of the illness. She is a manager for the Notre Dame women's volleyball team and she is involved in a few other cultural and academic clubs on campus. She is very passionate about shining a light on the role that neurological bases have on the expression of emotion and action. Her greatest aspiration is to change the universal perception of this relationship between biology and psychology in hopes of facilitating a greater presence of sympathy for how it affects people's day to day lives. In the future, she hopes to attend medical school to further expand her knowledge in neuroscience. She is very excited to work with such a passionate team of people in the Rose Lab!


Jo'Vette Hawkins

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Jo'Vette Hawkins is a junior originally from Jackson, Mississippi majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior minoring in French and Francophone Studies. She serves as the Chair of Academic Outreach on the Notre Dame Diversity Council, and is involved with other multicultural clubs and events around campus. She is passionate about diversifying the medical and research based communities moving forward. In the future, she hopes to pursue a MD-PhD with focus on neuroscience and cariological basis. She is super excited about being a part of the lab and contributing to the growing field of knowledge.


Melanie Benitez

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Medellin, Colombia

Melanie is a junior 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.

Lab Alumni

  • Zengbo Xie -- Graduate Student, Vanderbilt University

  • Isaiah Metcalf -- Medical Student, Ohio State University

  • 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!)

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