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.


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 games


Cheick Diallo

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

Cheick is a senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior on a pre-med track. He is interested in studying the neural mechanisms of immune responses and the nature of dreaming. He enjoys photography, video games, and traveling in his free time. After graduation, he plans to attend medical school to become a family medicine physician.


Joshua Rhilinger

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Denver, CO

Josh is a senior studying Neuroscience and Behavior in the College of Science. His research interests include understanding the neural mechanisms underlying brain diseases and determining treatments to better treat such diseases. He plans on continuing his career in research by attending graduate school after completing his undergraduate degree.


1. Rhilinger JP, Waner JL, & Rose NS. (2020, November). Revealing the causal roles of visual and frontal cortex in recovering latent visual working memories with non-invasive brain stimulation. 5-minute presentation given at Psychonomic Society 61st Annual Meeting; 2020 November 19; Online.

2. 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.


Yuki Yoshioka

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

Yuki is a senior Neuroscience and Studio Art major living in Dunne Hall. He was born in Japan, raised in Singapore, and is currently an international student at Notre Dame. His interests in the field of neuroscience include emergent systems of higher cognitive function found in neurological models, and he plans on attending medical school as a future psychiatrist after graduation. His hobbies include creative writing and digital art.

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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.

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

  • 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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