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Meet our lab

Principal Investigator


Katherine Duncan

Principal Investigator, PhD

Katherine competed her PhD at New York University, studying how hippocampal subfields contribute to memory formation and retrieval. She then moved uptown to Columbia University where she studied interactions between the hippocampus and dopaminergic system. In the summer of 2015, she returned to the University of Toronto, where she had studied as an undergraduate student. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the St. George campus.

Katherine’s CV

Contact information: duncan@psych.utoronto.ca

Postdoc


Xiaoping Fang

Postdoc, PhD

Xiaoping is a post-doc, working with both Katherine and Meg Schlichting. Her previous research focused on language learning, in particular, how people learn new meanings for words they already know. In both labs, she will be investigating the mechanisms underlying the integration of relevant memories and hoping to bridge the memory and language research areas. In her free time, she likes to go hiking, camping, climbing, and to explore the city.

Contact information: xpfang4@gmail.com

Personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/xpfang4/

Xiaoping’s CV

Graduate Students


Anuya Patil

3rd Year PhD Student

I am a graduate student in the psychology department at the St. George campus of University of Toronto. Before coming to UofT, I completed a Postbaccalaureate Psychology Certificate Program from Columbia University, after which I served as a lab manager in the Davachi Lab at New York University. Currently, I am using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques to investigate the effect of novelty and reward on episodic memory.

Anuya’s CV

Contact information: anuya.patil@mail.utoronto.ca

Alexandra Decker

3rd Year PhD Student

I am a PhD student in the psychology program at U of T, and am co-supervised by Katherine Duncan and Amy Finn. Before joining the lab, I received my BA in psychology from McGill University, and an MA in psychology in the Mabbott lab at the Hospital for Sick Children. My current research focuses on how fluctuations in sustained attention affects memory in both healthy adults and children.

Alexandra’s CV

Contact information: Alexandraleerdecker@gmail.com

Personal Website: https://www.alexandradecker.com/

Kyle Nealy

1st Year PhD Student

How is space and time represented in the brain, and how do these representations impact how we learn and remember? My research aims to find answers to these questions by analyzing brain and behaviour data across species using a variety of cutting edge collection and analysis techniques.

Before joining the Duncan lab, I received my BSc in Psychology, Economics, and Mathematics from the University of Toronto. If I’m not in the lab, you can find me training for my next triathlon, teaching band, or hiking the Ontario wilderness.

Kyle’s CV

Contact Information: kyle.nealy@mail.utoronto.ca

Ariana Youm

MA Student

I am a graduate student in the Psychology department at the University of Toronto co-supervised by Dr. Katherine Duncan and Dr. Melanie Cohn (Krembil Research Institute). Before joining the lab, I completed my BSc degree in the Psychology Research Specialist Program at U of T. I am interested in the interaction of memory and attention — specifically, how acetylcholine impacts memory, and what its role is in the dysfunction of memory in normal and pathological aging.

Ariana’s CV

Lab Managers


Sarah Berger

Lab Manager

I recently graduated from Queen’s University as a psychology major and biology minor. I’m particularly interested in learning about cognitive development and neuroscience in the context of learning and memory. I am concurrently working as a lab manager in the Budding Minds Lab. In my free time I like to bake desserts and go running outside. I am hoping to pursue graduate studies in psychology in the future.

Contact Information: duncanlabmanager@gmail.com

Hannah Cho

Lab Manager

Hello! I’m Hannah, and I’m a recent graduate from the Cognitive Science and Neuroscience programs at the University of Toronto. I’m currently working as the Lab Manager for the Duncan Memory Lab and the Learning and Neural Development Lab, and also as an Administrative Associate in the Consciousness and Wisdom Studies Lab. I’m interested in pursuing further studies in cognitive psychology, with a keen interest in learning and applying methods from varied disciplines to obtain an integrated understanding of cognitive processes. I’m particularly drawn to how different cognitive processes interact and influence each other. Outside of research, I enjoy drawing, swing dancing, and spending time with loved ones.

Contact Information: duncanlabmanager@gmail.com

Individual Project Students


Enri Boshti

Individual Project Student

I am currently a third year student at the University of Toronto studying neuroscience and biochemistry. I plan to pursue graduate studies that combine both fields in order to further contribute to our understanding of complex neurological mechanisms.

Victoriya Kozhemyakina

Individual Project Student

I am a third year student completing a double major in cell and molecular biology and psychology. I’m interested in cognitive psychology and how different factors influence memory encoding and retrieval. Currently I’m volunteering at Sunnybrook hospital in the physiotherapy clinic.

Research Volunteers


Magda Binczyk

Research Volunteer

I am in my third year pursuing a psychology and french language learning double major. After my undergraduate studies, I plan on applying to graduate school for clinical psychology. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends and being active outdoors.

Heather Lee

Research Volunteer

I’m currently in my second year at the University of Toronto, and I am interested in learning about cognitive neuroscience. I hope to pursue graduate studies in the future.

Polina Rybitska

Research Volunteer

Hi! My name is Polina and I am currently a third-year undergraduate student at UofT, majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. I am particularly interested in cognition, health and abnormal psychology. I hope to pursue a career in research, teaching and clinical practice. In my spare time, I love learning new languages, watching documentaries and travelling as much as possible!

Layan Elfaki

Research Volunteer

I’m currently going into fourth year at UofT, double majoring in Psychology and Health and Disease. I’m passionate about the study of the mind and uncovering mechanisms through which it operates to potentially develop early diagnosis methods for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. My current research involves uncovering the effects of novelty on proactive interference using an eye-tracking paradigm.

Katie MacIntosh

Research Volunteer

I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student, working on a double major in psychology and linguistics. I’m particularly interested in cognitive, abnormal, and positive psychology. In my free time I like taking photos and studying foreign languages. I am hoping to pursue graduate studies in psychology in the future.

Jacqueline Yeh

Research Volunteer

Hello! I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student, majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. I am particularly interested in cognitive psychology, particularly with respect to memory, and developmental psychology, more specifically relating to the effects of childhood stress on their development and mental health. Aside from that, my interest also lies in Middle Eastern history and Environmental studies. If you don’t catch me in the lab or in the library, I will be out exploring new cultures & experiences.

Padideh Hassanpour

Research Volunteer

Before joining Professor Duncan’s lab, I completed my undergraduate studies here at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Women and Gender Studies and Equity Studies. With hopes of pursuing a career in the criminal justice system, I went on to complete my MPhil in Criminology at the University of Cambridge. Now, a year later, I find myself deeply intrigued by various psychological areas of study, including memory and motivation. With a little luck and some grit, I plan on applying my interdisciplinary background to a career in clinical psychology.

Dorothy Sun

Research Volunteer

My name is Dorothy, and I am currently in my third year of studying at the University of Toronto with double majors in biology and psychology as well as a statistics minor. My research interest primarily lies in the human memory and emotions, and I hope to continue my study on these subjects in graduate school. In my free time, I enjoy reading detective fictions and jogging.

Stella Mo

Research Volunteer

I’m currently a third-year undergraduate student, majoring in neuroscience and minoring in physiology and immunology. I’m particularly interested in learning and behavior, along with health and disease. In the future, I hope to shift towards clinical research. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the foods and experiences of the city and hitting the gym.

Programmers


Alexander Gordienko

Lab Programmer/Research Volunteer

I am a first year Computer Science and Neuroscience double major at the University of Toronto. Both fields interest me greatly and I aim to pursue a career that integrates them well. My current work involves building virtual 3D environments to facilitate relevant research in the hippocampus.

Lab Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows
Andrew Bauer, Data Scientist at Feedzai

Undergraduate Thesis Students
  • Sara Pishdadian, PhD — Clinical Neuropsychology, York University
  • Dylan Tucker, Medical School, McMaster University
  • Shafquat Arefeen, Financial Data Analyst, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Eugenia Barkova, Software Engineer
  • Azara Lalla, M.Sc — Experimental Psychology, McGill University
  • Hannah Tarder-Stoll, PhD, Columbia University
  • Helen Liu, MHSc, Healthcare Analyst at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)

Individual Project Students
  • Yaxin Liu, Graduate Student, Emory University
  • Freda Jian, Graduate Student, Queen's University

Research Opportunity Project Students
  • Isis So
  • Nastasia Kujbid
  • Nika Zahedi Neysiani

Lab Managers/Research Volunteers
  • Louisa Man, Masters - Clinical Psychology, Queen's University
  • Rachel Downey, PhD - Clinical Psychology at Concordia University
  • Freha Mian, Masters - Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University
  • Samin Khan
  • Shijing Wang, MSc - Institute of Medical Science
  • Wangjing Yu, PhD - Psychology at Columbia University
  • Danielle Lim, MA/PhD - Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University
  • Dongyan Lin, MSc - Neuroscience, McGill University
  • Mohammad Ali, MSc - MINDS Program, McMaster University
  • Monique Sousa
  • Sukhman Sandhu
  • Arushi Katyal
  • Denise Bu
  • Roxanne Choy
  • Ellen Puhalovich

Lab Programmers
  • Jihad El Sheikh, Software Developer Intern, CaseBank Technologies
  • Aatina Munir
  • Sneha Dasgupta