Research Assistants

Elina Choi

heejae.choi@emory.edu

Elina Choi is a senior, and is double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and Psychology. She is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. She is interested in changes in the brain and the resulting effects on behaviors, especially the neuro-biological basis of psychosis and affective disorders. She is planning to go to the graduate school for psychology.

Ila Gautham

ila.gautham@emory.edu

Ila Gautham is a junior, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Global Health. She is passionate about clinical psychology and mood disorders including major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder. She is planning to attend medical school in order to pursue a career in either pediatric psychiatry or emergency medicine, but hopes to one day spend time practicing abroad.

Annabel Lu

annabel.lu@emory.edu

Annabel Lu is a sophomore majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology. She is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. She is interested the biological basis behind affective disorders such as depression and anxiety, and how clinical treatments can target these biological causes. She is currently considering pursing clinical psychology or medical school.

Emily Matis

emily.matis@emory.edu

Emily Matis is a senior, majoring in psychology and minoring in economics. She is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. She is passionate about sports psychology and clinical psychology. She is eventually planning to go graduate school for psychology.

Mihir Ghetiya

mihir.v.ghetiya@emory.edu

Mihir is a sophomore, majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and minoring in economics and ethics. He is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. He is passionate about the mind-matter interaction. In his spare time, he is an avid swimmer and runner. He hopes to go to medical school after completing his undergraduate degree.

LAB ALUMNI

Melissa Letzler

mletzle@emory.edu

Melissa Letzler is majoring in Psychology with minors in Computer Science and Spanish. She is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. Her interests include the etiology and symptomatic characterization of mood disorders, personality disorders, and schizophrenic spectrum disorders, as well as resilience and neural plasticity. She is considering graduate school for psychology or surgical physician’s assistant.

Brain Shim

bshim4@emory.edu

Brian Shim is majoring in Biology and Psychology and is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. His research interests lie in irrational behavior, specifically why people are often prone to making illogical decisions. Currently, he is considering either graduate school for psychology or medical school.

Megan Airey

mairey@emory.edu

Meg Airey is double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and Psychology. She is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. She is particularly interested in depression and anxiety disorders, specifically how stress influences them and how common anti-depressants/anxiolytics work to alleviate various symptoms. She is hoping to take a gap year and work at Emory for a year following graduation while also applying to graduate school for a PhD in clinical psychology!

Shermin Punjwani

spunjwa@emory.edu

Shermin Punjwani is a BBA and pre-medicine student, minoring in Mathematics. She is an undergraduate volunteer in the lab. Her interests include the study of decision-making, task optimization, and mathematical analysis. She enjoys museum-exploring and scrapbooking, and plans on attending medical school in the future.

Mark Gannott

mark.richard.gannott@emory.edu

Mark Gannott is double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and Economics. His research interests include neuroeconomics, motivation and reward processing, and how utility theory can help elucidate and improve rational decision making. In his free time, he enjoys playing lacrosse, lifting, and exploring. He plans to attend medical school.

Anneka Sonstroem

asonstr@emory.edu

Anneka Sonstroem is a senior who is double majoring in Psychology and BBMB (Biochemistry, Biophysics, and Molecular Biology) at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA. She is an undergrad summer intern in the lab. Her research interests include the biological underpinnings of common psychological disorders. She is planning to go to graduate school for cognitive neuroscience.