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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.


Chenlingxi (Lyncie) Xu

Ph.D Student(3rd 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.

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Megan Schrimpf

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Grayslake, IL

Megan Schrimpf is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. Her research interest is focused on how various neurodegenerative disorders affect memory. In the future, she is interested in studying how all aspects of cognition can be affected by mental disorders such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Megan is active in various wellness clubs on campus, serving as the wellness chair for junior class council, wellness commissioner for Lewis Hall, a member of Active Minds (a mental health advocacy club), and on the executive board for Mending Minds (a music therapy club for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia). She is also a co-lead for Design for America. Megan is also passionate about communicating neuroscience to the public. After graduation, she hopes to earn her PhD in neuroscience. She is so excited to be a part of the Rose lab with an amazing team!


Jo'Vette Hawkins

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Jackson, MS

Jo'Vette Hawkins is a senior 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 senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior pre-med at the University of Notre Dame with a minor in Latino Studies. She’s interested in neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Alzheimer's. In her free time, she sings, reads, and cooks! She’s in the Office of Student Enrichment Board, the board of the 1stGND club, and the Galvin Scholars Leaders Committee.  She is passionate about the health disparities Hispanics face in the US and wishes to someday become a spokesperson for them. After graduation, she wants to attend medical school to pursue an MD/PhD, and specialize in neurology or neurosurgery.


Jerome Santiago

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: San Diego, CA

Jerome Santiago is a junior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior and minoring in Compassionate Care in Medicine and Theology. He is interested in working memory and neurodegenerative diseases, specifically Alzheimer's. He is passionate about learning and hopes to add to the growing field of Cognitive Neuroscience through research in the lab. He is involved in many activities on campus such as serving as a coordinator for the First Aid Services Team, a TA for Organic Chemistry labs, and a tutor through TutorND. In the future, he hopes to pursue a career in medicine, with focuses in emergency medicine or neurology. 


Luke Bormann

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Mysterious

Lab Mascot. Most mysterious creature in rose lab.


Ella Johnson

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Madison, WI

Ella Johnson is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame majoring in Science Preprofessional Studies and Spanish and minoring in International Development Studies. Ella is interested in working memory as well as neurological disorders including migraines. Ella’s involvement on campus includes working as a chemistry tutor for the LRC, volunteering at La Casa de Amistad through the Center for Social Concerns, serving as Walsh Hall’s Social Chair, and growing her research skills through the Kellogg Developing Researcher’s Program. In her free time, she enjoys playing for the Women’s Club Soccer Team, baking and spending time with friends! She is passionate about growing her knowledge of cognitive neuroscience through her work in the Rose Lab and hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the future. 

Lab Alumni

  • Lauren Crowe -- TMS research technician, Brain Stimulation Lab, Stanford University

  • 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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