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.


Savannah Greogory

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Janesville, WI

Savannah is a senior studying Psychology with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Her research interests include cognitive impairment and cognitive performance related to adverse conditions, social isolation, and discrimination. She is most passionate about serving the general body of knowledge and marginalized communities. Her greatest hope is to understand reason and decision-making with respect to negative circumstances or conditions. Outside of the lab, she serves with Residential Life as a resident assistant in Johnson Family Hall, she enjoys cinematography, and she reads Classic novels. Upon graduation, she hopes to carry her research skills into graduate school and further her studies in Cognitive Psychology.


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.


Daniel Paraskos

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Columbus, OH

Daniel is a junior 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

  • 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

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